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Web Extra, The Week in Review: Biss Endorses Pritzker

Paris Schutz and guests discuss former gubernatorial hopeful Daniel Biss finally endorsing Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker.

The Week in Review: Obama Presidential Center Gets City’s Approval

A presidential plan for Jackson Park moves a step closer to construction. Gov. Bruce Rauner backs reinstating the death penalty. CPS hands over control of its special education program. And an up-and-down week in Chicago baseball.

Austin Channing Brown on ‘Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness’

The writer and educator returns to Chicago to discuss her new book “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.” We catch up with Austin Channing Brown.

Are Online Comment Sections Still Valuable?

The Chicago Tribune is the latest media outlet to suspend online comments. Is there a way to welcome feedback while eliminating vitriol?

Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ Tackles Legacy of Racial Injustice

Mississippi’s long-running literary tradition includes renowned names like William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright. Add to that list the only woman to win the National Book Award twice: Jesmyn Ward.

Open Up! Group Pushing for Expanded Chicago Public Library Hours

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Chicago libraries serve “a multitude of community functions” and should be open longer, says Kang Chiu of the Chicago Coalition of Library Friends.

How the ‘Formidable’ Eunice Kennedy Shriver ‘Changed the World’

From the Special Olympics to Congress and beyond: The new book “Eunice” explores the formidable impact of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

How to Stay Healthy Amid Spike in Mosquito- and Tick-Borne Illnesses

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds cases of disease from mosquito, tick and flea bites tripled between 2004 and 2016 – and Illinois was among the states most affected.

Understanding the Red Flags of Domestic Violence

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York’s attorney general resigns after claims of violent behavior. A look at domestic abuse by men who publicly champion women’s causes.

Tom Skilling on Chicago’s Wild Weather Swings

Why the fourth-coldest April on record also brought us summer-like temperatures – and what we can expect from the coming weeks.

Breaking Down Racial Barriers in the US

Beverly Daniel Tatum, the author of a groundbreaking book on segregation in America’s schools and neighborhoods, on why it’s so crucial – and difficult – to talk about race.

‘The Problem We All Live With’: Ruby Bridges on Racism in America Today

The first black student to attend an all-white New Orleans school joins us to talk about civil rights activism and persistent racism in the U.S.

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas Officially Announces Run for Mayor

With a little more than nine months until the Chicago mayoral election, a seventh candidate has entered the race.

Trump Floats DMZ as Site for Summit With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

U.S.-North Korea summit: “If it’s not a success, I will respectfully leave,” President Donald Trump said Monday, April 30.

President Donald Trump says he’s hopeful that talks with North Korea’s leader will end that nation’s nuclear weapons program, but that “if it’s not a success, I will respectfully leave.”

First Loves and Guilty Pleasures: Creating ‘The Mixtape of My Life’

The soundtrack to first loves, bad fights and family memories: Robert Elder’s new “music memoir” helps you create the mixtape of your life.

Dorothy Brown Announces 2nd Bid for Chicago Mayor

The Cook County circuit court clerk talks about her surprise run for mayor of Chicago.

Young Tech Exec Neal Sáles-Griffin Launching Bid for Chicago Mayor

The ranks of challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel are swelling. The educator and entrepreneur tells us what’s fueling his run for office.

New Report Digs Into Drastically Underfunded Police, Fire Pensions

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After massive layoffs in Harvey because of its underfunded pensions, a look at which other municipalities could be in similar trouble.

Federal Deficit to Top $1 Trillion in 2020, CBO Says

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Congress makes another attempt at passing a balanced budget amendment as a new report shows the federal deficit skyrocketing.

Rep. Mike Quigley on Election Security, Russian Interference

As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election moves forward, Illinois is in line for some $13 million in federal money to bolster election security.

Race to Finish Wrigley Renovations, CTA Upgrades Before Cubs Home Opener

What Cub fans can expect from the latest round of off-season renovations.

Chicago Park District Pension Deal Struck Down. Now What?

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Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability explains this week’s ruling and what city leaders might do next to address the Chicago Park District’s financial woes.

Beyond Hobby Lobby, ‘How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights’

From the constitution to the courts to the ballot box, how corporations boosted their legal standing in the U.S. A conversation with author Adam Winkler.

‘Consuming Religion’ Explores Shaping of Corporate, Celebrity Culture

From celebrity to corporate life, a new book explores how our culture is shaped by religious traditions.

Businessman, Philanthropist Willie Wilson Makes 2nd Bid for Chicago Mayor

It might be hard to believe, but Chicago is less than one year away from its next mayoral election. Willie Wilson talks about why he’s looking to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel.