‘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.

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.

Scientists Discover Potentially Habitable Planet

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An artist's impression of what the surface of the planet Proxima b might look like. (M. Kornmesser / European Southern Observatory)

A planet that could potentially host life has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our solar system, according to a report published Wednesday by more than 30 international scientists.

Attorney for Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’ on Overturned Conviction

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Footage from the interrogation of Brendan Dassey, as seen in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Brendan Dassey, whose confession to involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach was depicted in the wildly popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” may be released from prison by Thanksgiving. We hear from his post-trial attorney on the judge's ruling.

CTU Considers October Strike if New Deal Not Struck

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In a bulletin published this week, the Chicago Teachers Union says it will consider striking if it cannot come to an agreement with Chicago Public Schools on a new contract. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Without a new contract agreement with CPS, Chicago teachers are looking at their second work stoppage this year. 

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)

The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday 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.

Weekend Best Bets: Chicago Triathlon, Dog Show, Bucktown Art Fest

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A wave of swimmers start their race in Lake Michigan at the 2015 Chicago Triathlon. (Courtesy of Transamerica Chicago Triathlon)

Cheer on Chicago athletes, shop for fall accessories, take in an outdoor movie, sip sangria on a sprawling lawn, run through mud, watch dashing dogs and more this weekend.

Rain Barrels to Fight Flooding Distributed to Underserved Areas

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District provided 500 rain barrels for the environmental organization Faith in Place to distribute. (Ramont Bell)

Free barrels for collecting rainwater are being distributed to South and West Side communities prone to flash flooding.

Back to School Parade a Chance to Showcase the ‘Good in Englewood’

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The South Shore Drill Team performs at the 2015 Englewood Back to School Parade. (Courtesy of Nicole Vaughn)

For the 54th year, the Englewood Back to School Parade celebrates education and pride on the South Side. 

Study: Yoga, Meditation Can Reduce Stress for Disadvantaged Women

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Practicing mindfulness exercises can alleviate symptoms of depression and stress experienced by disadvantaged women, according to a recent study. (Dave Rosenblum / Flickr)

Practicing mindfulness exercises like yoga and meditation can alleviate symptoms of depression and stress among disadvantaged women, according to a recent study.