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Ed Zotti, Straight Dope editor at the Chicago Reader (Chicago Tonight)

After nearly half a century of answering questions ranging from the trivial to the technical to the taboo, the Chicago Reader’s informative and irreverent weekly column has ended.

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In its investigative series “Driven Into Debt,” ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ found Chicago has issued 20,000 duplicate tickets since 2007. We speak with the reporters who broke the story.

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Chicago Reader cover dated June 28, 2018. (Chicago Reader / Facebook)

Local alt weekly the Chicago Reader has a history dating back nearly 50 years. We speak with the paper’s new publisher.

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“A lot of studies show that when newspapers close, local politicians become lazy and voters become less informed and there’s lower voter turnout,” said Chang Lee, an assistant professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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As part of our celebration of Elizabeth Brackett’s life and legacy, we look back at some of the work that made her such an important journalist to audiences in Chicago and around the country.

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We celebrate the career of Elizabeth Brackett with journalists who worked alongside her at WTTW: retired “Chicago Tonight” correspondent Rich Samuels, along with Carol Marin, Phil Ponce and Paris Schutz.

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Illustration by Lydia Fu for ProPublica Illinois

An investigation published this month outlines a disturbing pattern when it comes to the care of children in Illinois psychiatric hospitals. Reporter Duaa Eldeib joins us with details.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to bring back the death penalty, but will lawmakers cut a deal for gun control measures?

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

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After more than 85 percent of eligible employees signed cards in favor of union representation, the media company that owns the Chicago Tribune agrees to voluntarily recognize the Chicago Tribune Guild.

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The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune take shots at each other as both newspapers struggle to survive. Columnists Neil Steinberg and Eric Zorn weigh in.

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Dr. Mani Pavuluri (Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago)

A star researcher is accused of violating research rules and putting children at risk, while UIC is accused of being compliant. We speak with Jodi Cohen, the ProPublica Illinois reporter who broke the story.

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With local news facing staff cuts and shrinking content, can a new project at Northwestern University be the lifeline it needs?

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Carl Kasell

Carl Kasell, legendary NPR newscaster and “Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me” scorekeeper, died Tuesday. We revisit a 2010 interview with him.

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The embattled former owner of Tronc, which owns the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, sold the shares to McCormick Media LLC, according to an SEC filing that came late Friday afternoon. 

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“The newsroom is in a position of jeopardy, and we’re standing up to make sure we’re paid fairly and to make sure we have a voice in how this place operates,” said Charlie Johnson, a Chicago Tribune home page editor and member of the union organizing committee.