January 16, 2013 There were more than 500 homicides in the city last year. Officials and residents are counting on President Obama's gun control package to bring that number down. "We didn't want other parents to be like us," says one Chicago mom, whose son was shot to death on a city bus.
January 10, 2013 A small-business owner in Chicago won $1 million in July, but ended up dead before he could cash in his winnings. At first, authorities said the man died of natural causes, but later they said it was cyanide poisoning. Officials hope an autopsy can help provide more answers.
December 15, 2012 The city's Plan for Transformation aims to diversify public-housing units, adding a mix of market-rate and subsidized residences. But the project, one of the country's most closely watched public housing experiments, has been hampered by the flailing economy and faces protests from people living in the units.
September 1, 2012 Just 2 percent of delegates at the Republican National Convention were black. That's higher than the percentage that supported Mitt Romney in a recent poll: 0. And getting blacks on board may prove especially hard for the GOP presidential candidate given the tone of some recent campaign ads and a wave of new voter ID laws.