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Writing Memoirs at Cook County Jail Helps Detainees Earn New Label

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In one of Cook County Jail’s maximum security units, some detainees are given access to pens for the towering task of writing their memoirs. How these men are earning a new label: authors.

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Cook County Jail Program Helps Inmates Earn New Label
Cook County Jail Program Helps Inmates Earn New Label

‘My Block, My Hood, My City’ Founder Jahmal Cole on Why ‘Exposure is Key’

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A new book by a Chicago community activist and mentor explains how cities can become safer and more equitable, and why we all have a stake in our neighborhoods. 

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‘My Block, My Hood, My City’ Founder on Why Exposure is Key
‘My Block, My Hood, My City’ Founder on Why Exposure is Key

Guests Welcome at Lincoln Park Zoo’s New ‘Insect Hotel’

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It looks like an art project, but a seven-floor structure at Lincoln Park Zoo is outfitted with logs, bricks, sticks and other materials to provide cozy spaces for insects to nest.

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Losing Sense of Smell Puts Elderly at Risk of Dementia, Study Finds

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Is there a connection between losing the ability to smell and a greater risk of dementia? A co-author of a new University of Chicago study says it “may be an important early sign.” 

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Prosecutors Could Seek Death Penalty for U. of I. Kidnapping Suspect

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Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff's Department)

A new charge against 28-year-old suspect Brendt Christensen opens up the possibility of the death penalty for the Champaign man charged in the disappearance and murder of a Chinese student.

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Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff's Department)

Chicago Sports Hall of Fame Inducts First Special Olympics Athlete

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Tommy Shimoda (Courtesy of Special Olympics Chicago)

Tommy Shimoda, 24, won gold and bronze medals in speed skating at the Special Olympics World Winter Games this year in Austria. This week, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first Special Olympics athlete to receive the honor. 

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Tommy Shimoda (Courtesy of Special Olympics Chicago)
Chicago Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Special Olympics Athlete
Chicago Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Special Olympics Athlete

Report: Chicago Police Officers Gaming Overtime System

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The inspector general calls it a “culture of abuse.” How he says police officers are gaming the system to collect millions in overtime pay.

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Report: Chicago Police Officers Gaming Overtime System
Report: Chicago Police Officers Gaming Overtime System

Retired Judge Patricia Banks to Serve as Interim COPA Chief

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Just weeks after its relaunch as the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the agency is officially looking for a new chief administrator.

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Oct. 3, 2017 - Full Show

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Watch the Oct. 3, 2017 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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Oct. 3, 2017 - Full Show
Oct. 3, 2017 - Full Show

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor on Free Tuition Program

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How has free college tuition worked out for some students? City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado joins us.

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City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor on Free Tuition Program
City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor on Free Tuition Program

Syrians Reflect on Revolution, War and Exile in New Book

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Author and Northwestern University professor Wendy Pearlman interviewed more than 300 refugees for a new book of oral histories, “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled.” She joins us in discussion.

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Syrians Reflect on Revolution, War and Exile in New Book
Syrians Reflect on Revolution, War and Exile in New Book

Chicago’s Bike Infrastructure is Evolving, But Inequality Persists

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How is the city addressing bike safety as well as concerns relating to inequality and bike infrastructure? Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield joins us.

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How Chicago’s Bike Infrastructure is Evolving
How Chicago’s Bike Infrastructure is Evolving

Chicago Ranked Second-Best Prospect For New Amazon Headquarters

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A new report ranks Chicago’s chances of landing a massive new Amazon location as high—but will the costs be worth it?

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Chicago Ranked Second-Best Prospect For New Amazon Location
Chicago Ranked Second-Best Prospect For New Amazon Location

Study: Low Incomes Linked to Inflammation, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

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Low-income pregnant women are more likely than their wealthy counterparts to experience chronic placental inflammation, which is linked to preterm birth and low birth weight, a new study finds. 

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Half-Naked ‘Zebra’ to Protest Circus Opening This Week in Chicago

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Dressed in little more than black-and-white body paint, a PETA supporter on Wednesday will urge passersby to skip performances this month by a circus company with a track record of mistreating animals. 

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Local Officials React to ‘Senseless’ Las Vegas Shooting

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In the wake of the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas, Chicago is preparing to host one of its largest annual events, the Chicago Marathon, on Sunday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is ready.

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Local Officials React to ‘Senseless’ Las Vegas Shooting
Local Officials React to ‘Senseless’ Las Vegas Shooting

Chicago Police Data Shows Reductions in Homicides, Shootings

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The Chicago Police Department says that for the second month in a row, homicides in Chicago were lower than they were during the same month the year before.

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