Without a Budget, ‘That’s It’: Weekend State Budget Update

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Lawmakers heard tales of woe Sunday as the Illinois House resumed what’s supposed to be the swan song of the annual spring session. There is, increasingly, a prevailing sentiment that the Democratic-led General Assembly will fail to pass a budget by May 31.

Lawmakers Adjourn as Budget Agreement Remains Elusive

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A new round of finger-pointing played out as Illinois lawmakers left the capitol Friday for a mini Memorial Day weekend break.

Chicago Retains Spot as No. 2 ‘U-Haul Destination City’

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The same day the U.S. Census Bureau released data outlining Chicago’s record population loss, moving equipment company U-Haul offered a different, sunnier take on things.

Community Initiative to ‘Reclaim Southwest Chicago’ Expands

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A bird’s-eye view of the new soccer field, running track and basketball court at Donald Morrill Math & Science Elementary School. (Courtesy of Southwest Organizing Project, Chicago).

A program targeting vacant homes and crime in a 20-block section of Chicago’s Southwest Side is expanding after a four-year pilot – and a noticeable change in the neighborhood.

CPS Says Crime Down by One-Third Along Safe Passage Routes

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Using an analysis of Chicago Police Department data, the district says crime along Safe passage routes has fallen by 32 percent since the 2012-13 school year. 

Lake Michigan’s First Floating Water Park to Open in Mid-June

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Officials in Whiting, Indiana, think their city is about to become a whole lot more popular.

The Week in Review: Budget Impasse End in Sight?

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A heated debate over affordable housing in Jefferson Park. Restrictions eased on local gun ranges. Population decline in Chicago … again. And could the end of Illinois’ budget impasse be near? These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Illinois House Once Again Backs Elected Chicago School Board

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House legislation calling for an elected Chicago Board of Education has once again passed with strong bipartisan support, but the bill may still have a difficult road ahead.

Tips for Terrific Tomatoes, from Soil Prep to Staking

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Plump, sun-ripened tomatoes are indisputably the crown jewel of home vegetable gardens, and a successful tomato crop means giving them the best start possible. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan shares her tomato tips.

Michael McDonald Talks Solo Career, Collaboration

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The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter talks about his solo career and his work with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.

US Household Debt Exceeds Peak Levels of 2008 Recession

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After nearly a decade, household debt in the U.S. has surpassed its peak levels of the 2008 Great Recession.

Chicago Earns 4 of 5 ‘Park Benches’ in Ranking of Urban Park Systems

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Chicago didn’t quite crack the top 10, but the city did receive four out of five “park benches” and moved up to No. 11 in the latest ranking of park systems in the nation’s 100 biggest cities.

Budget Clock Ticks, Lawmakers Linger

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Illinois lawmakers are set to spend the bulk of the Memorial Day weekend at the capitol, as Illinois edges closer toward entering a third straight year without a budget.

Survivors of Torture Under Jon Burge Find a Place of Respite

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“I still have my nightmares from what Burge did to me,” said Anthony Holmes.

This week, the city of Chicago is coming through on a promise made two years ago to survivors of torture.

Passages Charter Teachers Reach Late-Night Deal to Avert Strike

Becomes third Chicago charter network to avoid strike this school year

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Following a “marathon” bargaining session Wednesday night, educators at Passages Charter School announced they have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with school management. 

UIC Expands Rapid Water Testing at Chicago Beaches

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Same-day water testing conducted at UIC's School of Public Health will give Chicagoans more timely alerts about water quality at their favorite beaches this summer.