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WBEZ 1h
People working on the ground to stem gun violence in Chicago are praising Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick of Susan Lee to run the mayor’s newly created office of public safety, which on the campaign trail Lightfoot said she’d fund to the tune of $20- to $25 million per year.…
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WBEZ 5h
By 's own admission, most schools could use extra social worker support. is helping Saucedo Academy fill in the gaps.
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WBEZ 6h
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According to data provided by the Illinois State Police, much of the DNA backlog involves nonviolent crimes. State police assistant deputy director Robin Woolery said on average, it takes 269 days to test DNA evidence submitted to the crime lab.
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WBEZ 6h
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“The DNA backlog means that the whole system slows down," said Brendan Max, head of the forensic division in the Cook County Public Defender’s office. “There are people in jail right now awaiting DNA results.”
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WBEZ 6h
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Experts say that police and prosecutors are not using discretion when submitting DNA evidence for testing, contributing to a massive testing backlog that: ◼️ Delays justice for crime victims ◼️ Keeps defendants locked in jail ◼️ Makes it harder for police to solve crimes
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WBEZ 6h
The amount of DNA evidence submitted to state police for testing has exploded in recent years, and Illinois crime labs can’t keep up.
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WBEZ 7h
Gov. JB Pritzker, who campaigned heavily on legalizing cannabis, signed legislation today that will legalize recreational marijuana starting next year.
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Dave McKinney 8h
⁩ signs the adult-use cannabis bill, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational pot.
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WBEZ 10h
Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to sign legislation today to legalize recreational marijuana, making Illinois the 11th state in the country to do so. The bill would allow adults over 21 to possess and use marijuana recreationally starting next year.
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WBEZ 24h
Chicago-area immigration advocacy groups gathered Monday to announce that they’re working together to prepare for mass deportations promised by President Donald Trump.
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NPR Jun 24
The Treasury Department is launching an investigation into the delay in production of a new $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman.
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WBEZ Jun 24
In handing down the sentence, the judge said the former alderman committed a “breach of the public trust.”
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Dan Mihalopoulos Jun 24
Inside the investigation of Ald. Carrie Austin. We don't know what the feds have found. But now we know what they were looking for
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WBEZ Jun 24
CALLING ALL PARENTS: and are coming to ! Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning with your kids. Tickets still available at:
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Cheryl (Raye) Stout Jun 24
On and upward for the US Women Soccer team. They beat Spain 2-1.
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WBEZ Jun 24
How did some variation of Nicky's become such a popular name for places serving street food? It turns out the answer to how Nicky’s became so big has to do with two pairs of Greek men, a famous rival hamburger and some mysterious grilled onions.
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WBEZ Jun 24
DNA was irrelevant when a woman WBEZ is calling Linda Johnson was raped in 2016. Her alleged attacker claimed the sex was consensual. But prosecutors refused to move forward with the case before DNA results came back, a process that took over 2 years.
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NPR Jun 24
JUST IN: President Trump announced new "hard hitting" sanctions against the Iranian government following last week's downing of a U.S. drone over the Straits of Hormuz. The new sanctions will target Iran's top leaders and their access to the international financial system.
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The Associated Press Jun 24
BREAKING: Government moves more than 300 children out of Texas Border Patrol station after AP report of perilous conditions.
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Patrick Smith Jun 24
Today and tomorrow I am taking a look at unexpected contributors to Illinois' DNA evidence backlog. The experts at tell me that in most sexual assault cases the defense is consent, but cases drag on for years waiting on irrelevant DNA results.
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