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Each year, an average of 73 Illinois women die within one year of pregnancy, according to a new report. “The findings are stark and speak volumes,” said IDPH Director Nirav Shah. “The disparities are even more alarming.”

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Sure, you could go to your local grocery store and grab a gourd – but what’s the fun in that? We share a bounty of spots for plucking a pumpkin.

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A 10th case of a polio-like illness is diagnosed in Illinois. We discuss acute flaccid myelitis – and what parents should be on the lookout for – with Dr. Nirav Shah of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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A mother and daughter explore Shedd’s Sensory-Friendly App, designed for guests with autism or a sensory processing disorder, in front of the aquarium’s Caribbean Reef exhibit. (Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium)

On Oct. 16 and Nov. 14, registered guests will be able to explore all of Shedd’s exhibits in a “comfortable and accepting environment” as part of a new “Calm Waters” program.

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Research shows transgender children benefit from early intervention, but just how young is too young? 

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Filmmaker Bing Liu appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

A new film looks at skateboarding as an escape from violence and boredom for three friends in Rockford, Illinois. We speak with director Bing Liu.

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The aquarium’s initiative to offer free admission to Illinois residents this month has a new twist that could help you avoid rush-hour traffic.

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Researchers will study an online intervention program and in-person group therapy program designed for teens to see which is better at helping them cope with tough situations and feel more hopeful. 

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In honor of her late son, Elizabeth Gerlach wrote a children’s book featuring a protagonist who uses a wheelchair. “I would like to be able to reduce the stigma of kids with disabilities,” she said.

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Tents set up in a homeless encampment along DesPlaines Street north of Roosevelt Road. (Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

Organizations in Chicago have spent decades helping the city’s homeless find housing. But until recently, there was no overarching system in place to help track those efforts – or the people in need.

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Meet the author and illustrator behind the new “Rad Girls Can” book about young women who are “bold, brave and brilliant.”

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Even if family separations are temporary, “the psychological effects of separation reverberate throughout the community for a long time,” said Dana Rusch, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

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The Trump administration can’t say whether it will meet a July 26 deadline to reunite 2,500 migrant children with their parents.

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Beginning Monday, children and teens across Chicago will have access to free lunches during the summer.

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Is the country’s declining birth rate a cause for concern, or a sign that more women are taking control of their reproductive choices?

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Meghan Markle will become royalty this weekend when she weds Prince Harry. What you should pay attention to while you watch the festivities Saturday morning.