CPS Unfreezing $15M in School Funds After Latino Community Outcry

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Chicago Public Schools announced Friday it will return $15 million in frozen discretionary funds to high-poverty district schools, citing a “disproportionate impact” that freeze had on predominantly African-American and Hispanic schools.

Bill Would Allow Illinois Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp

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(kat_geb / Flickr)

At least 16 states have legalized industrial hemp production for commercial purposes. Could Illinois be next?

How Will Trump’s Transgender Bathroom Guidelines Impact Local Schools?

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Illinois public officials and school districts weigh in on which bathroom or locker room a transgender student should use. 

Chicago Highlighted as the US Railroad Capital by Trains Magazine

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More than 1,000 trains travel on Roosevelt Road every day. (Trains Magazine)

Editors from Trains Magazine tell us why Chicago is America's railroad capital.

Civil Rights Seminar at New Trier High School Sparks Intense Debate

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Debate over how an elite North Shore high school should present a seminar on civil rights and racism.

Madigan Planning New Education Funding Task Force

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The longtime speaker announced Thursday he has appointed a dozen House Democrats to address unanswered questions in the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission’s final report and draw up equitable school funding reform legislation.

Emmett Till’s Family Reacts to Accuser’s Confession, 60 Years Later

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A stunning confession in the most notorious civil rights case of the 20th century.

Chicago River Cleanup Efforts Bolstered by Phosphorus Agreement

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The Chicago River is a lot cleaner than it used to be. And after years of litigation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and environmental groups have agreed to a settlement and will work together to make the river even cleaner. 

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Uncle Vanya,’ ‘Game Changers,’ More

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Paul-Jordan Jansen and Bri Sudia in Paramount Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” (Liz Lauren / Paramount Theatre)

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora is serving up a gothic new staging of the Stephen Sondheim hit “Sweeney Todd.” We discuss that show and other new productions, with the Chicago Sun-Times dance and theater critic.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 23-26

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Chicago blues artist Toronzo Cannon plays in his hometown this weekend. (Courtesy of Chris Monaghan)

Live blues, a jazz fest and a vintage pop-up show usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Sleep In’ Spotlights Youth Homelessness in Chicago

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With nearly 20,000 homeless youth in Chicago, an all-night benefit aims to raise awareness and funds for 13 homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers. Learn more.

Lakefront Fishing a Break from ‘Hustle and Bustle’ of City

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In the depths of a Chicago winter – and especially when there's a winter heat wave – sometimes you just have to get outside. But what if you’re not one for skiing or skating? We decided to go fish.

NASA Discovers 7 Earth-Size Planets Orbiting Dwarf Star

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An artist’s interpretation of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f could look like. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

NASA said earlier this week it had a major announcement coming Wednesday. What an announcement it turned out to be.

4th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Square Off Ahead of Special Election

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Five candidates are vying for the position of 4th Ward alderman in the Feb. 28 special election. They join us to discuss their platforms.

City Council, Police Union Gird for Battle

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Aldermen say they are prepared to go to battle against the police union to get rid of contract provisions they say lead to a culture of cover-up.

Researchers Discover Cell Potentially Linked to Nearsightedness

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(Northwestern University)

Northwestern scientists have discovered a new cell in the retina which may cause nearsightedness, or myopia, when disrupted.