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In Chicago Public Schools, scores on the spring exams dipped across all grades but younger test takers struggled the most, according to the new school-by-school and district-level data released by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Chicago City Council's Latino Caucus has said it won’t settle for fewer than 15 majority-Latino wards, citing census data that show Latinos make up the second largest racial and ethnic group in the city next to white Chicagoans.

There's serious concern about the effectiveness of vaccines against omicron. But there's reason to be hopeful — especially for those who've had a booster.

“If EPA, the federal government, the state government, the local governments had been doing things correctly, we wouldn’t be here,″ EPA Administrator Michael Regan said.

Less than a year ago, when Comet Leonard was first discovered, it was still an incredibly dim and obscure chunk of rock traveling out near the orbit of Jupiter. Now it’s reached our neighborhood, and it’s being billed as the brightest comet of the year.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is demanding that the FBI take full control over the investigation into the death of Jelani “J.J.” Day.

Curious City answers all your pressing questions about this omnipresent impediment to zipping around.

Is the future of sustainable aviation fuel sugar water, corn and household garbage. United Airlines says, "Yes!"

Is someone you know a physician assistant?

All December long WBEZ is bringing joy to the holiday season with #SoulSauce  hosted by @ReclaimedSoul  The show will air on 91.5FM Saturdays 7-10pm and Sundays 1-4pm and will feature three packed hours of R&B and Soul classics. Link:

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Royal Smart was 8 years old when Chicago police burst into his home in the middle of the night, handcuffing and pointing guns at him. An AP investigation found police departments used force against kids under 16 about 3,000 times over the past 11 years.

Chicago police union president John Catanzara expressed sympathy with pro-Trump extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday: “If the worst crime here is trespassing, so be it. But to call these people treasonous is beyond ridiculous and ignorant.”

Chicago police plan to arrest teens on “drug corners” this week to help reduce an expected spike in gun violence during the July 4th weekend. Critics say the preemptive move will only worsen relations with police in some areas of the city.

"Hannity" viewers are 30% more likely to have COVID-19 than viewers of other Fox News shows. A new study stays that's related to how the host downplayed the coronavirus in the early weeks of the pandemic.

Seven months ago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a plan to start removing the city’s toxic lead pipes. But so far, not a single pipe has been replaced.

With racial injustice at the center of the national conversation, WBEZ and @city_bureau  present a new analysis on how much banks and other lenders invest in Chicago’s white, black and Latino neighborhoods.

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Today, Nancy Green, the woman who originally portrayed the Aunt Jemima trademark, got a headstone on her unmarked grave at Oak Woods cemetery in the Greater Grand Crossing area on Chicago’s South Side.

The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected an effort to force the destruction of thousands of old police complaint records — a victory to police accountability advocates who say the files can help identify patterns of abuse.