Bilingual Teacher Shortage
Bilingual Teacher Shortage

Illinois has a bilingual teacher shortage, and despite the state board
of education landing a $4 million grant to help, teachers say it's not enough.

Uptown Up in Arms Over Hospital Sale
Uptown Up in Arms Over Hospital Sale

Weiss Memorial Hospital in Uptown is undergoing two major real estate shifts this year, which has drawn the attention and ire of many in the neighborhood.

Carjacking Numbers Continue to Soar
Carjacking Numbers Continue to Soar

Chicago had a 31% increase in carjackings in just one year following the start of the pandemic, between 2020 and 2021. The city's numbers are higher than every other large city.

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Rape Kit Backlog: Trauma, the Untested and Advocacy 

Rape Kit Backlog: Trauma, the Untested and Advocacy 

CPD says the expected wait time for processing kits at a state laboratory is about 270 days, but survivors have been told the wait can be up to two years.

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Vandalism Increasing in Chicago Since Start of the Pandemic 

Vandalism Increasing in Chicago Since Start of the Pandemic 

Vandalism and petty crimes have increased significantly since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and crime experts have cited several reasons as to why.

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Albany Park Residents Fear Increasing Violence in the Neighborhood

Albany Park Residents Fear Increasing Violence in the Neighborhood

Theft, burglary and aggravated battery crimes have increased in Chicago, and the quiet Northwest side neighborhood of Albany Park is not immune.

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Asian Americans Are Facing Unprecedented Difficulties in Chicago

Asian Americans Are Facing Unprecedented Difficulties in Chicago

A series of studies were conducted and found that hate crimes targeting the Asian American community have reached some unprecedented levels. What does that mean in Chicago?

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Security In Chinatown: What Improvements are Being Made

Security In Chinatown: What Improvements are Being Made

Residents and the Chicago Police Department say they're concerned about the increase in crime in Chicago's normally peaceful Chinatown neighborhood.

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Uptown Concerned Over Weiss Hospital’s Potential New Owner

Uptown Concerned Over Weiss Hospital’s Potential New Owner

Weiss Memorial Hospital in Uptown is undergoing two major real estate shifts this year, which has drawn the attention and ire of many in the neighborhood.

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Chicago Carjackings Continue to Rise During the Pandemic 

Chicago Carjackings Continue to Rise During the Pandemic 

Chicago had a 31% increase in carjackings in just one year following the start of the pandemic, between 2020 and 2021. The city's numbers are higher than every other large city.

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Carjackings in Chicago: Who is Impacted and How You Can Help

Carjackings in Chicago: Who is Impacted and How You Can Help

From Jan. 1, 2021 to April 14, 2022  there have been 2,296 carjackings in Chicago. Jeep Grand Cherokees and Toyota Camrys have been targeted the most by carjackers, data show.

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Wicker Park Carjackings: The Fear of Going for a Ride 

Wicker Park Carjackings: The Fear of Going for a Ride 

Wicker Park carjackings have spiked tremendously in the past year, with four carjackings happening in the span of less than a week. Residents are concerned.

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How is Illinois Handling All of the Bilingual Teacher Vacancies?

How is Illinois Handling All of the Bilingual Teacher Vacancies?

The Illinois State Board of Education is offering $4 million in response to bilingual teacher vacancies. It's a temporary solution, and teachers say there’s more that can be done.

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CTA Continues Struggle Making El Stations Accessible

CTA Continues Struggle Making El Stations Accessible

Forty-two CTA rail stations are non-accessible to those with mobility disabilities, lacking elevators and other amenities. Some stations were last updated in the 1930s.

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COVID-19 Has Put More Chicagoans at Risk for Homelessness

COVID-19 Has Put More Chicagoans at Risk for Homelessness

More than 58,700 Chicagoans experienced some form of homelessness in 2019, and the pandemic's financial uncertainty has left more at risk.

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Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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