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The latest campaign to separate Chicago from the rest of the state is trying to enlist the Libertarian Party's help to try to make its longshot bid become reality.

Woman listens to a woman's heartbeat.
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The University of Illinois at Chicago is getting $12 million from the National Institute of Health to continue taking part in a national study of health issues facing Hispanics.

Illinois is continuing to lose population, according to new Census estimates out Wednesday.

Women march along Jackson Street in Chicago

Activists are organizing a "March to the Polls 2018" as a follow up to the Women's March in January.

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Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will be delayed until next year because of a delay in the federal review process.

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Walgreens says it's opening a new office in Chicago and staffing it with 1,800 people.

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Chicago may impose a new surcharge on home share rentals through sites such as Airbnb and use the money to provide more beds at domestic violence shelters.

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U.S. Census Bureau says Chicago's population has decreased for the third consecutive year.

Census estimates released Wednesday say Chicago lost about 3,800 residents last year, but remains the third-largest U.S. city, with 2.7 million residents.

Chicago-based demographer Rob Paral says the figures illustrate population trends that have been happening over the past few years. He says African Americans are leaving the city, immigration is slowing and wealthier people are moving in.

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Voters in the Illinois county that includes Chicago have backed the recreational use of marijuana in a nonbinding referendum.

Tuesday's question for Cook County voters asked if Illinois should legalize "the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older."

Although the referendum is advisory only, the vote could help state lawmakers make their case for the legalization of marijuana use.

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Chicago's 100-story John Hancock Center along Michigan Avenue is getting a new name.

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Chicago has made the list of the top 20 cities Amazon is considering for its massive second headquarters.

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The city of Chicago has officially submitted its bid to be home to Amazon's second headquarters.

O'Hare Anniversary Remembered

Feb 20, 2017
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A naval aviator’s attack on Japanese bombers that gave Chicago’s O’Hare Airport its name took place 75 years ago.

On February 20th, 1942, Japanese bombers attacked the U-S-S Lexington, an aircraft carrier headed towards New Guinea.

Millions Join Cubs Celebration

Nov 4, 2016
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Chicago officials say the crowd estimate for the Chicago Cubs championship celebration is about 5 million people watching the team go by.

The number includes everyone who lined the parade route and the crowd who attended a rally at Grant Park.

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The city of Chicago plans to honor its World Series champion Cubs with a parade and rally on Friday.

The celebration will start about 10 a.m. when the official parade leaves Wrigley Field and heads for downtown Chicago. The route will travel along the city's famed Michigan Avenue and then along Columbus Drive near Lake Michigan before heading to Grant Park. Fans are encouraged to line the route.

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Campus area taverns. restaurants, and sports bars were all at capacity with people lined up outside to watch the Cubs win the World Series.

After the ten inning end to a 108 year drought in championships, people poured out onto the streets and headed for the Illinois State University quad in the thousands.

Springfield-born Playwright Takes On Chicago Violence

Aug 2, 2016
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Chicago has endured more than 2,000 shootings this year and a nearly 50 percent increase in homicides. Most of those shootings were gang-related. Some have taken the lives of children.

Springfield-born singer and actress Nattalyee Randall said she felt she couldn't just sit by. She picked up a pen and began writing a play. As someone who has worked in musical theater since childhood, Randall soon found herself writing songs to tell her story.

Rauner Says CPS Should Consider Bankruptcy

Jan 21, 2016
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Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says Chicago Public Schools should look to bankruptcy court to solve its financial crisis. That’s drawing a strong rebuke from Chicago’s school and political leaders  Chicago Public Schools has been threatening to lay off teachers and staff.  It owes hundreds of millions of dollars it doesn’t have.  Governor Rauner says bankruptcy is not a dirty word.

“What it means is: Any organization, bankruptcy law is designed to protect an organization that has too much debt, that has too many liabilities.”

Penitent Rahm Tries To Repair His Base

Dec 16, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has kept a low profile - since delivering an impassioned speech last week on policing in the city. IPR's Tony Arnold reports the public is now getting an idea of what the mayor has been up to.

The Illinois Supreme Court is taking on another pension case, six months after justices unanimously tossed out the state's landmark pension law. Tuesday, they heard arguments as to whether a law affecting thousands of City of Chicago employees is constitutional or not. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports from Springfield.

A small independent Chicago record label has been documenting Chicago's unsung jazz, blues, and gospel keyboard players since the 1970's. One of the founders of the label is Steven Dolins, who started "The Sirens Records" as a teenager in the 1970's. After a couple early pressings, he says he took a long break from recording to focus on his professional life. Today, Dolins is the chair of the Computer Science department at Bradley University. Since the early 2000's, he picked up where he left off in the 1970's, and to date the label has nearly two dozen recordings in its vault.

Navy Pier Getting New Ferris Wheel

Sep 28, 2015

The Ferris wheel at Chicago's Navy Pier has taken its last spin before getting replaced with one that's nearly 50 feet taller. The wheel installed in 1995 had its final go-around last evening, its dismantling began this morning. About 30,000 people lined up to ride the Ferris wheel this past weekend. Navy Pier Incorporated spokesman Nick Shields says the Ferris wheel is expected to be gone by the end of October, with the new 196-foot structure scheduled to be in place by mid-2016.