$100M Gift to UChicago to Study the ‘New Science of Wellness’

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Harnessing the power of the human body to prevent illness – that’s the goal behind a $100 million dollar gift to the University of Chicago Medicine.

Chicago Bird Sanctuary is Best Place in State to See Spring Migration

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A warbling vireo photographed at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary by Rob Curtis.

Here’s something that might surprise you: The best place in the entire state of Illinois to see birds during their spring migration is in the city of Chicago. 

Study: Intermarriages on the Rise 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

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Fifty years after Loving v. Virginia, depicted last year in the film “Loving,” a new study examines interracial marriages.

Growing Clean Economy Can Bring More Jobs to Chicago, Report Says

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The clean economy: What is it, and how is Chicago faring? A new report tells the story.

Groups Push Back Against Obama Library’s Jackson Park Location

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Why some community groups are mounting opposition to the Obama Library's Jackson Park location and where they say it should go instead.

CTU Vote Reveals Little Confidence in CPS CEO Claypool

99 percent of union voters say they have no confidence in schools chief

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After a nearly unanimous no-confidence vote in Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool, members of the Chicago Teachers Union took to City Hall Tuesday to push Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire the school district chief.

Illinois Senate Passes Budget, Tax Increase

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed what could be the state’s first complete budget in two years and a revenue package that includes a 32-percent increase in the personal income tax rate. 

What Sinclair Broadcast Group's Bid for Tribune Media Means for WGN

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“Chicago's Very Own," WGN-TV could be soon owned by a politically active, conservative broadcast company based in Baltimore.  

Agency Awarded $200K Grant Without Approval from ‘Partner’ Organizations

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An Illinois criminal justice agency secured a nearly $200,000 counter-extremism grant without approval from several “partner” organizations listed in its grant application. 

New Projects, Safety Concerns for Chicago Cyclists

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As many Chicago cyclists are starting to shake off the winter cobwebs and get back on their bikes, we take a look at what they can expect this summer. 

UIC App Designed to Track Bipolar Disorder Wins $200K Grant

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The BiAffect app, the winner in a contest using Apple’s Research Kit, was developed to predict manic episodes and depressive moods in people with bipolar disorder, based on how they interact with their cellphones.

CPS Emphasizing Science, Financial Literacy in New Grad Requirements

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Chicago high schoolers already take three years of science, but a new policy concentrates that specifically on biology, chemistry and physics, requiring students to achieve one credit in each course in order to graduate.

‘Shakespeare in Love’ Bridges Gap from Film to Stage

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(Credit: HMS Media and Chicago Shakespeare)

It’s not often that an Oscar winner for best picture gets translated to the stage. “Shakespeare in Love” is getting its U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 

‘#AiWeiwei’ Exhibition Explores Art, Activism and Selfies

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Though best known for his multimedia contemporary art, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei is also a prolific photographer. We visit an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography showcasing his work.

Plan for North Lawndale to Tackle Vacant Lots, Economic Development

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Aerial view in 2011 shows parts of North Lawndale and East Garfield Park (Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

How grassroots organizing is increasingly shaping the West Side community, which is looking to develop a shared vision for economic development.

Northwest Side Residents in Affordable Housing Fight

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The fight to bring affordable housing to Jefferson Park has residents polarized and leveling accusations of racism.