Fardon sits down for exclusive first interview since leaving office

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Recently departed U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, who brought down former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, joins us for an exclusive interview.

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Several South and Southwest Side communities lag behind national health and wellness benchmarks, according to a new community health survey.

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A coalition of Chicago companies has teamed up to provide free grief and trauma counseling services to people who have lost family members to gun violence.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson joins us to discuss his department’s new policies and the challenges facing Chicago.

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Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson testifies in Springfield in favor of tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders. But will his proposed changes actually make the city safer?

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Meet the founder of the nonprofit group My Block My Hood My City, who believes in the power of change.

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Anthony Green, left, and his youth development coach Patrick Daniels at the UCAN headquarters in North Lawndale. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

North Lawndale native Patrick Daniels says his neighborhood is defined by more than violence, and he’s working to change that narrative at UCAN.

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A West Side police commander has an unusually high number of complaints filed against him. We talk to the reporter who broke the story.

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Kanari Gentry Bowers (left) and Takiya Holmes were shot in separate incidents on Saturday (Courtesy Gentry Bowers family and Holmes family)

In another disturbing chapter of Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, two young girls were shot in the head within 30 minutes of each other Saturday night on the South Side.

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Social media has been criticized for inciting violence, but it can also be used to prevent it. How the public and private sectors are using platforms like Twitter as a “tool” for doing just that.

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Hoping to capitalize on the violence prevention research already being conducted locally, the group hopes to spur new research initiatives and facilitate ongoing community-based violence prevention efforts.

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Researchers have discovered a “significant correlation” between decreases in economic opportunities and the number of school shootings reported across the country.

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2017 in Chicago is off to another violent start. Public schools face a resource crunch. And an educator experienced in how those problems intertwine is trying to tackle both.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel slams the governor for not having proposed a balanced budget, and suggests Gov. Bruce Rauner begin his State of the State address Wednesday with an apology to taxpayers.

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How can Chicago stem the surge of violence? Police, prosecutors, and judges offered ideas Thursday for dealing with troubled youth, some of whom offered ideas of their own. 

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The statistics are stark: 762 people were killed in Chicago last year, a 58-percent increase from 2015. The University of Chicago’s Crime Lab studied the data behind the violence. We discuss the findings of its new report with WBEZ reporter Patrick Smith.