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WBEZ | Chicago's NPR News Source

WBEZ: National and local news, politics, education, arts & culture for the Chicago region. Listen on the radio at 91.5 FM or online.

https://www.wbez.org/


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Illinois Businesses Face Fines For Failing To Require ...

A state panel Tuesday sided with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker in his fight against COVID-19 by approving a rule that could mean fines of up to $2,500 for “rogue” businesses that don’t require ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/state-panel-approves-gov-jb-pritzkers-new-fines-for-businesses-that-dont-enforce-mask-mandate/fc827d62-a58a-4cf2-af8b-58e7355938bd


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WBEZ’s Motive Podcast Examines Youth White Supremacist ...

A shy kid from Chicago shaves his head and prepares for an inevitable race war. In the early 1980s, it looked like organized white supremacy was declining in the U.S.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/1-the-hate-crate/d9622b0d-4c02-4deb-ad3e-7d2b2973cc28


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Chicago’s Racial Disparities In COVID-19 Deaths And Cases ...

Herbert Adams. Fernando Vera, 54, spent much time in and out of hospitals due to his many complications with diabetes. His hospital stays were often strained, so when he became sick with COVID-19 ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-perfect-storm-50-lives-and-4-zip-codes-tell-chicagos-story-of-covid-19-inequality/50b822ae-523e-47fa-a823-3c6a1c3ee12f


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In Chicago, Which Test For COVID-19 Is The Most Accurate ...

From The “Brain Poke” To The Mouth Swab: Which Test For COVID-19 Is The Most Accurate? Experts say painless mouth and shallow nose swabs can be nearly as good as — or possibly better than ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/from-the-brain-poke-to-the-mouth-swab-which-test-for-covid-19-is-the-most-accurate/ec6cb3ac-b83c-4039-b887-3460df490975


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Census Workers, Chicago Residents Cite Headcount Issues ...

In this AP file photo, a census taker knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. In Chicago, census workers report numerous issues with technology and project ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/census-workers-and-residents-report-issues-in-the-final-weeks-of-this-years-headcount/bd111f24-9c9d-4405-9292-9f2df3fbe5ab


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ComEd To Testify About Role In Illinois Bribery Scandal ...

A special Illinois House committee’s hearings next week on the Springfield bribery scandal should begin with testimony from executives of Commonwealth Edison, the company at the center of the ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/comed-executives-will-kick-off-special-hearing-into-springfield-bribery-scandal/0421b0f1-af23-4d84-a0ac-f906d969a5b6


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Lose The Shorts: A Deep Dive Into Nude Swimming - WBEZ

The swimming pool at Kennedy High School. Graduate John Connors says in the 1970s some students threw glass bottles into the pool so that class would be canceled.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/lose-the-shorts-curious-city-looks-at-why-high-schools-forced-boys-to-swim-naked/56dbb166-a5b1-4e31-a30c-c4d929e7f145


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State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth On The 19th Amendment | WBEZ ...

Editor’s note: This story is one of a series exploring the significance of the 19th Amendment to Illinois’ women leaders, during the week of its 100th birthday. This week marks the 100th ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/i-am-grateful-for-all-of-the-womens-shoulders-that-i-stand-on-says-jehan-gordon-booth/04bf3774-3ed6-4ae3-a20f-531a9d6a412b


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Shauna Sever’s Double Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Isn’t Going ...

Trim off the very ends of the zucchini and grate with the large holes of a box grater. Position a rack to the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Spray a 9 x 5-inch/23 x 12.7 ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/introverts-guide-to-the-good-life-how-to-bake-away-your-feelings-this-fall/7435753b-6440-4406-a188-152b0eb3df0f


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New Redlining Maps Show Chicago Housing Discrimination ...

The color coded maps produced by the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation produced between 1935 and 1940 show Chicago's black neighborhoods drenched in red, illustrating how the federal ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/new-redlining-maps-show-chicago-housing-discrimination/37c0dce7-0562-474a-8e1c-50948219ecbb


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Ex-ComEd Exec Charged In Probe Connected To Madigan | WBEZ ...

Fidel Marquez, Jr. was the power company’s top in-house lobbyist. He faces federal bribery and conspiracy charges for helping steer jobs and contracts to the speaker’s allies.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-former-high-ranking-comed-official-is-charged-in-madigan-connected-probe/0baf0dd0-bc95-4a40-88b0-d539c7eec957


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Chip Mitchell | WBEZ Chicago

Chip reports on criminal justice from WBEZ’s bureau on Chicago’s West Side. His investigative and narrative reporting has earned dozens of local and national awards.

https://www.wbez.org/staff/307/chip-mitchell


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Why Michael Madigan Is Being Investigated By The Illinois ...

But for now, that still has to be viewed as a political longshot so long as Madigan is not charged. The six-member panel is composed equally of Democrats and Republicans.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-legislative-probe-of-speaker-michael-madigan/e63ff6ff-462b-454c-a64e-0f07cadb5747


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Protesters Detail Alleged Abuses By Chicago Police | WBEZ ...

A Federal Judge Is Collecting Stories Of Alleged Police Abuse During Chicago Protests. Protesters describe being struck by batons, pepper sprayed at close range, punched, dragged, groped and ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-federal-judge-is-collecting-stories-of-alleged-police-abuse-during-chicago-protests/327a690b-654e-46e7-a345-22db8ee88ece


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Baring It All: Why Boys Swam Naked In Chicago Schools ...

John Connors says swimming naked in high school gym class was “torture.” Curious City looks at why schools enforced the policy for decades.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/baring-it-all-why-boys-swam-naked-in-chicago-high-schools/c9a3a9e2-6ae3-404b-80e5-0c4bf4d5a0be


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Illinois Republican Moderates Break For Biden | WBEZ Chicago

Former Illinois Republican Gov. Jim Edgar and a pair of other prominent GOP moderates here broke ranks with President Donald Trump Monday and said they’d be voting for Democrat Joe Biden, just ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/former-gov-edgar-and-other-moderate-illinois-republicans-say-theyll-vote-for-joe-biden/2cf9e1d9-b7f7-4848-bbfd-5f41791a8813


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A COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Only 50% Effective. Is That Good ...

As we get closer to a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s exciting to imagine a day when the virus is gone. But a vaccine will not be a magic bullet. In fact, it may be only about 50% effective.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-covid-19-vaccine-may-be-only-50-effective-is-that-good-enough/d1fe8f3b-09c8-4064-a44f-5503debd28bd


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7 Takeaways From The Republican National Convention | WBEZ ...

From left, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump, President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump stand on the South Lawn of the White House on the last night of the ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/7-takeaways-from-the-republican-national-convention/6923c48a-2aea-41fb-aaac-fe1c9f22814f


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Despite A New Federal Ban, Many Renters Are Still Getting ...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered a nationwide eviction ban for people who can’t pay rent and have no place to go. It’s helping some, but many others are getting evicted ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/despite-a-new-federal-ban-many-renters-are-still-getting-evicted/c8360f2c-75fa-4f9e-ac75-2cfdbf09180c


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Illinois Lawmakers Can Call Witnesses In Madigan Probe ...

Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, watches the proceedings from the Speaker's platform during a legislative session in 2020. Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/feds-ok-witnesses-for-legislative-panel-probing-illinois-speaker-michael-madigan/63b11f52-7769-481a-afee-4641b3312083


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Artists Create ‘Messages Of Hope’ On Woodland Trail | WBEZ ...

The exhibit “Messages of Hope” features 60 decorated wooden boxes, each by a different Chicago-area artist. But it’s the location of the exhibit that’s a little different: The boxes are ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/take-a-walk-down-this-suburban-woodland-trail-and-peer-into-tiny-boxes-of-hope/b14008cd-8378-4892-8dc2-246fa3787fcf


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Are Downtown Chicago Residents Fleeing The City? | WBEZ ...

Despite indicators that demand for downtown real estate may be softening, many Loop residents — like Lily Moy — say they will wait and see. Monica Eng / WBEZ Despite indicators that demand for ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/downtown-denizens-are-shaken-but-not-quite-stirred-to-leave-their-homes/f1655b6e-ec2d-4672-a1f7-3975ec93b46d


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Anti-Racist Books To Read, A List From NPR Code Switch ...

As of Friday, 15 of the top 20 bestselling books on Amazon were about race or racism. Earlier this week, Code Switch was number one on Apple Podcasts — which, as host Gene Demby said, is “dope ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/this-list-of-books-films-and-podcasts-about-racism-is-a-start-not-a-panacea/801f4bf8-24a7-4752-9104-83f92e8b7a6b


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In A Tribute To Justice Ginsburg, Obama Calls On Senate To ...

President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prior to his State of the Union address on Jan. 24, 2012, at the Capitol in Washington. Ginsburg died on Sep 18, 2020 at 87 ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/in-a-tribute-to-justice-ginsburg-obama-calls-on-senate-to-delay-naming-a-successor/aa0de734-75f2-4df7-b88c-d6ae6e823c67


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Redesigning The Office For The Next 100-Year-Flu | WBEZ ...

Architects are already looking beyond COVID-19 to imagine the office of 2025 and beyond — an office that will keep us safe on the job, whatever pandemic virus strikes next.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/redesigning-the-office-for-the-next-100-year-flu-yes-its-coming/df066bb1-fc0a-4796-bf5a-5779a25a7556


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What Happens To The Protest Art On Boarded Up Storefronts ...

Plywood boards became canvases for artists across Chicago. As the boards come down, one Chicagoan wonders what will happen to this art.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/protest-art-has-covered-boarded-up-businesses-will-it-be-preserved/e3db8017-a6ba-4dde-9bc3-3d17f6ee5392


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Lost landmark: Peter Hand Brewery | WBEZ Chicago

Chicago has many micro-breweries to quench the discerning thirst. Our subject here is the city’s last “macro-brewery.” Peter Hand was a Prussian-born Civil War veteran who came to Chicago to ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/lost-landmark-peter-hand-brewery/10354cf9-5670-4246-9b90-280ee19904e6


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Justice Ginsburg Honored At The Supreme Court | WBEZ Chicago

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, a two-day event honoring a justice who was both a cultural and legal icon.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/justice-ginsburg-honored-at-the-supreme-court/160016c7-49af-454f-8025-05608d69d331


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U.S. Bans WeChat And TikTok | WBEZ Chicago

The U.S. will ban the downloads of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, with a total ban on the use of the latter, citing national security and data privacy concerns. A total ban on the ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/us-bans-wechat-and-tiktok-citing-privacy-and-national-security/37b16fb3-4fd6-496e-ad9b-b9851d9ec6ef


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What To Know About The ComEd, Madigan Patronage Scandal ...

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, left, and Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, part ways after conversing on the floor during the spring legislative ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/breaking-down-the-comed-patronage-scandal-and-whats-next-for-michael-madigan/629afc56-8083-4e08-a9ab-faab6207a7a3


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Citizenship Delays Could Prevent Immigrants From Voting ...

More than 40 immigrants took the oath to complete their journeys to becoming U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony in the Chicago office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/advocates-say-that-citizenship-delays-could-prevent-some-immigrants-from-voting/bafc2308-1c2a-4c8e-9a1c-2e7bb332a8bf


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COVID-19 Hit Chicago Latinos, Blacks Harder Financially ...

The majority of Black and Latino households in Chicago reported having serious financial problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic — compared with 36% for white households in Chicago, according to a ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/new-poll-shows-the-racially-disparate-financial-impact-of-covid-19-in-chicago/ccb3099f-4552-4f83-8a59-b90bdf614bbd


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Chicago Releases 2 Plans To Fight Segregation | WBEZ Chicago

“Chicago is a great example of how structurally racist policies can lead to structurally racist outcomes, and this is a piece of an attempt to confront that,” one official said.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/the-e-stands-for-equity-how-2-new-city-plans-seek-to-tackle-racial-and-economic-segregation/129ea23e-23b2-4a56-995f-ef794aeefba0


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Chicago Solicits Ideas To Launch New City Casino | WBEZ ...

Cash-Strapped Chicago Solicits Operators’ Ideas To Launch A New City Casino Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. With a budget gap looming, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a request for ideas for ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/cash-strapped-chicago-solicits-operators-ideas-to-launch-new-city-casino-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/ebed9056-5ae5-4bed-8f63-aefd11844e3a


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Amid Social Distancing, Coronavirus Alters Sept. 11, Too ...

In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, the Tribute in Light illuminates in the sky above the Lower Manhattan area of New York, as seen from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/in-a-year-of-social-distancing-the-coronavirus-alters-sept-11-too/b1312407-402a-4e49-abf6-47daf7ebdfe7


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Chicago Black Lives Matter Activist Reflects On Looting ...

Ariel Atkins prepares for a protest Monday, Aug. 10 outside a Chicago police station. The protest was in support of people who had been arrested earlier in the day for looting downtown.

https://www.wbez.org/stories/winning-has-come-through-revolts-a-black-lives-matter-activist-on-why-she-supports-looting/398d0f3f-73d0-4f2e-ae32-04cceba0d322


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Chicago Once Had A Bar On Almost Every Corner - WBEZ

A map showing dry precincts and liquor moratoriums on taverns as of 2012. A dry precinct is a precinct where the sale of alcohol is banned. A moratorium on taverns means that new bars can not ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-tavern-on-almost-every-corner-why-did-so-many-chicago-bars-disappear/61b87c27-d2fa-4a4c-a7e6-33579ee74147


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Map By ZIP Code Of Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases Illinois ...

Haz clic aquí para la versión en español.. Find the latest COVID-19 case counts and case demographics for your area, as reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), with the ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/map-by-zip-code-of-coronavirus-covid-19-cases-illinois/90ca85cd-bdf4-423a-a7bc-924fcee9d0f3


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Why Ban Pickups from Lake Shore Drive? Where Can They Park ...

History suggests a Victorian-era prejudice against commercial traffic in Chicago parkways lurks behind a ban against pickup trucks on Lake Shore Drive. Should truck owners worry? And, where can ...

https://www.wbez.org/stories/why-ban-pickups-from-lake-shore-drive-where-can-they-park-in-chicago/662ad3f9-a5c4-4463-ab58-8d8b6c6b96c0