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Jan 4, 2021

Crain’s Headlines: High Note for Illinois Pot Sales

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Illinois for just over a year — and sales were better than expected. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer has details.

Jan 4, 2021

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Jan 4, 2021

Some CPS Teachers Not Returning to Schools as In-Person Learning Set to Resume

More than 5,800 Chicago Public Schools employees were due back in their classrooms Monday to prepare for students’ return next week. But not all of them showed up.

Dec 31, 2020

The Year In Weather: Wildfires, Hurricanes, A Derecho and More

Hurricanes, wildfires, a destructive derecho and more: it was a banner year for intense weather events around the world and right here in the Midwest. 

Dec 31, 2020

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Dec 31, 2020

Bears Fight for a Playoff Spot in Regular Season Finale Against Packers

Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams previews the Bears matchup Sunday against the Packers.

Dec 30, 2020

Spotlight Politics: Mayor’s Office Releases Emails Related to the Botched Raid

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office releases emails related to the wrongful raid of Anjanette Young’s home following calls for more transparency about the botched raid. Our politics team takes on that story and more in this week’s roundtable.

Dec 30, 2020

Providers Hope Telehealth Becomes the Norm After COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis has worsened in Cook County, with more than 1,500 opiate-related deaths this year. To try and bring these numbers down, some groups see telehealth as an accessible way to bring treatment to people. 

Dec 30, 2020

Fir Real: A Pedicab Will Pick Up, Recycle Your Christmas Tree

At some point, Christmas trees get brown, the needles fall off, and it’s time for them to go. But that doesn’t necessarily mean tossing your tree in the trash.

Dec 30, 2020

Chicago Independent Music Venues Look for Lifeline in Stimulus

With live music events still on hold, Chicago independent music venues look forward to relief in the Save Our Stages part of the stimulus bill.

Dec 30, 2020

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Dec 29, 2020

A Look at Illinois’ Marijuana Expungement Efforts

Friday marks one year since it became legal to buy and use marijuana in Illinois. But what about the thousands of people who previously got in trouble for possessing, smoking or selling pot? 

Dec 29, 2020

Terrorism Specialists Weigh in on Rise of Extremism in US

Many details surrounding the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville remain unclear, but the incident has renewed concerns about the rise of domestic terrorism, and the proliferation of racist ideology by white supremacists. 

Dec 29, 2020

NASA Spacecraft Designed by Illinois Engineer Will Study Solar Flares

A spacecraft designed by an Illinois researcher and professor will orbit Earth’s outermost atmospheric layer to better understand powerful bursts of radiation from the sun, also known as solar flares. Lara Waldrop tells us more.

Dec 29, 2020

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