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In 2012, Chicago closed half its mental health clinics and the state closed three mental health centers. Since then, hospital psychiatric ER visits have doubled.

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A rash of shootings on Chicago area expressways has authorities promising that they will keep an especially close eye on the roadways on the Memorial Day weekend.

A judge has approved a settlement over the copyright to photos shot by a Chicago nanny dating back to the 1950s and profiled in an Oscar-nominated documentary.  Vivian Maier took more than 150,000 photographs during her spare time in Chicago and New York.

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The head of Chicago Public Schools says the district has "reached the point of no return" and faces severe cuts without "equal" funding from the state.  Schools CEO Forrest Claypool led hundreds of teachers, parents, and students in a rally in Springfield seeking more state funds for Chicago's schools. The district faces a $1 billion deficit next school year.

The TSA is concerned that new leadership of passenger screening at Chicago O'Hare won't make long checkpoint lines won't go away.  The Transportation Security Administration ousted its head of security operations Kelly Hoggan after reports that thousands missed flights because of lengthy wait times.

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been named to the board of directors for the museum that "Star Wars" director George Lucas hopes to build along Chicago's lakefront.

Chicago police say they have arrested nearly 100 alleged street gang members and 40 others on weapons and drug trafficking charges in an effort to combat the city's gun violence.  Officials announced the arrests, saying they took place over the past two days with the assistance with federal law enforcement agencies.

TSA officials in Chicago say there’s something airline passengers can do to help reduce long wait times.   Passengers in Chicago and nationwide are growing increasingly frustrated over spending hours in line to get through security.  TSA spokesman Mark Howell says part of the problem is low staffing and the high number of passengers.

A Chicago-area man suspected of taking part in the killing of a teenager who was beaten and shot before his body was set on fire has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. 

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Four Chicago aldermen think the city should privatize security at O'Hare and Midway airports after recent extremely long waits to get through security.  The aldermen say the Transportation Safety Administration has failed to retain sufficient personnel. They say the TSA's Screening Partnership Program allows airports to use qualified private contractors to screen passengers and baggage under federal oversight.

The debate over regulating short term home rentals through companies like Airbnb has come to Chicago.  A City Council panel heard testimony on a proposal to limit the number of units rented per building, require city registration, and impose a surcharge to pay for homeless services. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he hopes the City of Chicago wins in a lawsuit over the placement of the George Lucas museum.  Lucas chose Chicago in 2014 over sites in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A state review board has approved a $269 million expansion proposal from the University of Chicago Medical Center that includes an adult trauma center.

State lawmakers are considering whether school board members in Chicago should be elected — as they are in all other Illinois school districts.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to a federal appeals court in his increasingly desperate attempt to keep filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum in another city. 

The wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas says opposition to a Chicago lakefront museum by a parks advocacy group has prompted a search outside the city for a site.

Surveillance video shows more than a dozen people doing nothing to help a Chicago bartender as he is attacked, left unconscious on the street and accidentally run over by a taxi.  Marques Gaines later died at a hospital.

The sheriff who oversees one of the nation's most crowded jails has voluntarily released video showing half a dozen incidents of excessive force by deputies at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

Health officials in Chicago say last summer's deadly outbreak of meningitis in gay and bisexual men is continuing with two new confirmed cases.

The leader of Chicago's Task Force on Police Accountability is calling the panel's 200-page report on issues facing the Chicago Police Department a "blueprint for long-lasting change."

A Chicago City Council panel has voted to temporarily change the selection process for police superintendent.  That way Mayor Rahm Emanuel can avoid the usual procedures and appoint a longtime member of the department as its next leader. 

Dozens of Chicago residents are taking in feral cats in an effort to rid their homes and neighborhoods of rats.  The Tree House Humane Society launched its Cats at Work program in 2011 after the nonprofit's feral cats cleared out a Cicero business's rat problem. Now there are 500 feral cats involved in the program, with a waiting list of two to four weeks to adopt them.

A Chicago doctor is accused of diagnosing patients with physical or mental conditions to bypass parts of the testing required for U.S. citizenship.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down another attempt to control the cost of government pension benefits.

This time it was Chicago city employees and retirees whose pensions were being targeted. The retirement system for one set of workers is projected to be insolvent in about a decade.

In 2014, the Illinois General Assembly changed the rules, but in Thursday's 5-0 ruling, the Supreme Court found that unconstitutional.

Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey spoke with his colleague Amanda Vinicky about the decision.

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The City of Chicago will have to find a Plan B to address its severely underfunded pension funds. The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday struck down the city’s proposal to reduce retirement benefits for some employees.

If this sounds familiar - last year the Supreme Court struck down an attempt by the State of Illinois to address its underfunded pensions.

The City of Chicago also has its own pension-funding issues.

City attorneys warned justices without changes, those funds will run out of money in about a decade.

The Barack Obama Foundation, which is leading the effort to build the Obama Presidential Library, has opened an office in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Chicago police reports show an officer gave two different accounts of what happened leading up to his fatal shooting of a bat-wielding college student and the student's neighbor.

Chicago Public Schools has filed a lawsuit against its former CEO seeking more than $65 million in damages and civil penalties after she pleaded guilty to helping steer millions of dollars in no-bid contracts in return for kickbacks.

Jason Gonzalez stands out among all the longshot candidates who have dared to try to unseat powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Madigan has handily won his southwest side Chicago district every two years for almost four decades.

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A week from Tues., Illinois voters will have their chance to help determine who is the next President of the United States. And those candidates are planning last minute campaign stops here.

Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have each been in Illinois recently, to beseech voters for their support.

Trump is returning to Illinois Friday. During his last visit to the state, he stopped in Springfield.