Rhymefest on Being Treated ‘Disgustingly’ by Police Following Robbery

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Che "Rhymefest" Smith

Carol Marin talks with Rhymefest about his mugging, what he thinks of the man who robbed him and how his treatment by police have change his perceptions about cops.

Port of Chicago Privatization Plan Draws Critics

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The Port of Chicago is looking to privatize its operations. But while the site needs a massive infusion of cash and upgrades, is privatization risking another city asset?

How to Make Sense of ‘The Five Life Decisions’

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What career path to choose, who to marry, whether to have children. A University of Chicago economist tells us how basic economic principles can help you figure out life's biggest decisions.  

Study: Childhood Concussions Can Have Profound Long-Term Impacts

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A new study finds that just one childhood concussion can have profound long-term impacts on health and educational attainment. That story and more from the world of science.

Grad Students Get Green Light to Unionize at Private Universities

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On its website, Graduate Students United says it’s been “working since 2007 to improve the lives of graduate students and gain recognition for the work we do.” (Graduate Students United / Facebook)

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board gave graduate students at private universities the go-ahead to form collective bargaining units. What local students and schools impacted by the ruling have to say.

PAWS Chicago Rescues Animals from Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

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"We wanted to help in any way we could," said PAWS Chicago spokeswoman Sarah McDonald. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Chicago’s largest no-kill animal shelter has opened its doors to dogs and cats from Louisiana, a state that has little room to house pets in need following devastating floods earlier this month.

‘Nosy Neighbors’ Keeping Kids Safe on Daily School Commute

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Hundreds of community members will be hired out this school year to make sure CPS students have a safe walk to and from school each day. (WBEZ / Flickr)

For the seventh straight year, children and teens will be guided along their daily commute by Safe Passage workers – community members hired out by CPS to keep watch over students during as they walk to school in the morning and back home in the afternoon.

The Week in Review: Trump Talks Chicago Violence

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Trump makes a bold claim about Chicago violence. Mark Kirk says Tammy Duckworth is mocking stroke victims. CPS teachers threaten an October strike. And U.S. Cellular Field gets a new name. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Null and Void

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Thomas Hoyne

The saddest ballad of all is the ballad of what never was – like the ballad of Thomas Hoyne, who was elected mayor of Chicago, but never served. Belly up to the bar and get a little taste of Chicago’s spirited history.

CPS Students Get Free Admission to 3 Museums Monday

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The Adler Planetarium is one of three Chicago museums offering free admission to CPS students on Aug. 29. (Craig Stillwell / Wikimedia Commons)

Chicago Public School students can kick off their last week of freedom at one of several Chicago institutions. Learn more.

Recent Fatalities Raise Questions About Chicago Bike Safety

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Chicago's first Protected Bike Lane on Kinzie Street. (Chicago Bicycle Program / Flickr)

Four cyclists have been killed this summer in Chicago. Wednesday night, another was struck in a hit-and-run in the Loop. Join us for a discussion on bike safety with the advocacy director for the  Active Transportation Alliance.

Effort to End Gerrymandering in Illinois Officially Dead

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The Illinois Supreme Court late Thursday evening ruled that the question of map drawing cannot appear before voters on the November ballot. The process will remain in the hands of state power brokers like House Speaker Michael Madigan.

New Wave of IRS Scams Target Students

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As the school year approaches, the Internal Revenue Service has warned of a telephone scam targeting students.

Fewer Than Half of Students Proficient in Math, English on Statewide Exam

Math scores up, English scores down over 2015 results

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The 2016 PARCC assessment showed Illinois students in grades 3-12 improved slightly in math over a year ago, but fell behind in English language arts. (Pexels)

State superintendent says there is "considerable distance to travel" to make sure students are prepared for life after high school following new PARCC assessment results.

Sox Fans Guarantee New Naming Rights for Ballpark Will Be Mocked

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U.S. Cellular Field (Bryce Edwards / Flickr)

The new name for U.S. Cellular Field is striking out with many White Sox fans. The story of how Guaranteed Rate Field came to be.

Midwest Native Driving to All 412 National Park Sites

Trip Includes Stop in Chicago, Expected to Take 3 Years

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(Courtesy Mikah Meyer)

When most people visit a National Park Service site, they visit the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. Not many realize that there are more than 400 National Park Service sites. But that’s one thing Mikah Meyer hopes to change as he travels cross-country visiting all 412 of those sites.