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WBEZ data reporter Chris Hagan

Cook County is shrinking again – and the 2016 drop in population is the biggest of any county in the entire country. Is this just a statistical blip or the beginning of an alarming trend?

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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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WBEZ reporter Michael Puente joins us to discuss funding problems surrounding the public school system in Gary, Indiana.

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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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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.

WBEZ reporter discusses the year she spent inside a fourth-grade classroom in North Lawndale

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WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton spent the 2014-15 school year examining the impacts of poverty on a fourth-grade class in North Lawndale for a new story published this week. She spoke with Chicago Tonight to discuss that process.

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WBEZ reporter Dan Weissmann

The city plans to go to the debt markets for almost $1.2 billion, including more so-called “scoop and toss” borrowing.

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A new WBEZ report focuses on Chicago children hurt and killed by violence in 2016.

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WBEZ reporter Shannon Heffernan joins us with the latest on the fatal police-involved shooting of 25-year-old Joshua Beal.

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How an array of fines and fees are preventing many poor, low-level offenders in Illinois courts from moving beyond a life of crime.

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Four parents sued Cook County because their sons were held in juvenile detention for days without a hearing. Now that common practice is changing. Assessing the impact of that move.

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Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Chicago Tonight)

The head of the Illinois Republican Party looks ahead to the future of his party and evaluates Donald Trump's performance in Monday’s presidential debate.

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Nearly 1,200 people are being forced to move from their homes in East Chicago, Indiana, after high levels of lead were found in the soil. WBEZ’s Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente joins us with the story.

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Northern Illinois sees a huge surge in the number of people being sued for downloading pornography. A look at why so many local people are being targeted.

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Why is Puerto Rico sending addicts from the island to Chicago? WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef explains the story.

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Courtroom art by Thomas Gianni

The sexual abuse allegations against Dennis Hastert could send him to prison, even though he has not been charged or convicted of the crime. WBEZ senior news editor Robert Wildeboer explains.