Whether it’s been 10 years or 30 years since they dropped out of high school, men and women who went on to serve time in jail or prison are finally getting their diplomas. We explain how programs like St. Leonard’s Ministries are getting help from Cook County to keep people out of jail and reduce violence.
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Chicago Public Schools will be closed for a second day tomorrow because of the extreme weather.
Chicagoans are bracing for a wintry week to start off the first full week of the New Year. Send us your severe weather photos here.
A recent exhibit at the Chicago History Museum explains how the Mile became known for being Magnificent.
The Atlantic correspondent and author Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses his thoughts on the students at North Lawndale College Prep, his mea culpa for glossing over the accusations against Bill Cosby in the past, and he explains why The Case for Reparations is unrelated to the black conservatives’ argument.
With support from the Chicago Public Education Fund, a CPS K-12 magnet school is using time and technology to benefit students.
Critics say video gambling cafés are proliferating in a loophole of the state's video gambling law.
The Museum of Science and Industry celebrates the pairing of fashion with technology. We take a look inside the one night only installation and hear from the museum's first-ever recipient of the Fashion Inspiration Award, blogger Garance Doré.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy shares crime stats, with a month to go until year's end. And as more protests regarding the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown are scheduled in Chicago, McCarthy also discusses how events in Ferguson, Mo. have influenced his policing strategy.
As Ferguson, Mo. awaited a grand jury's decision, a predominant writer on race in America shared his views.
The Chicago City Council approves a measure that would fund an early childhood education program using private investment funds.
Waukegan teachers are entering their fourth week on strike -- today is day 18. Brandis Friedman talks with parents, teachers, and both sides of the negotiating table.
As Illinois lawmakers look into ways to reform the state's prison system, we hear from the lead author of a comprehensive report on the U.S. prison system.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on the Illinois Legislature to reform sentencing laws for low-level drug offenses. Brandis Friedman has the details.
A number of CPS principals say the new, privately-contracted custodial company isn't up to the job, and their schools aren't being cleaned properly. And principals fear it will only get worse, as Aramark announces custodial layoffs.
A campaign to boost small businesses and community development projects in Chicago neighborhoods is underway.