March 22, 2013 The Chicago public school district says closing underutilized facilities would free up resources as it faces a $1 billion shortfall. But parents and the teachers union say the plan will endanger children, and they plan to fight to keep the schools open.
March 15, 2013 Mississippi State University defied its state's unwritten rule of never playing against a team with African-Americans. Its 1963 NCAA tournament match against Loyola University, which had four black players in its starting lineup, became a symbol in the effort to overturn Jim Crow policies.
February 25, 2013 It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the daytime talk queen. She left a void, but there's no need to write an obituary for the talk genre in Chicago. The city is still home to two shows, Windy City Live and the Steve Harvey Show.
February 13, 2013 One company says it has a solution to long delays between flights: tiny suites where you can sleep, watch TV or work without leaving the airport. Minute Suites is currently operating in Atlanta and Philadelphia and is headed next for Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Forth Worth.
February 10, 2013 Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death just days after she and her high school band performed at inauguration events in Washington. Her death brought new attention to often-overlooked urban violence and the debate over gun violence.
February 5, 2013 Shirley Chambers' first child was murdered about 18 years ago. A few years later, her daughter and son were shot to death. And her remaining son was buried on Monday. Chambers says "We've all got to work together" to stop the violence, but she's not sure new gun restrictions or more police on the streets will make a difference.
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.