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State law targets drug users, jamming courts with throwaway cases that burden justice system and users. A new reporting project digs into the story.
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As Chicago once again faces a historic increase in violence, a reporter seeks to understand how the pandemic is affecting shooting survivors.
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Pharmacy deserts are a growing problem in Chicago. Tribune reporter Eseosa Olumhense discusses how she reported on the worrying trend.
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For an ambitious project on lead in Chicago, City Bureau started with the question: "How do we as journalists meet people where they are?" The answer included a text-message service that responds with lead test data for the user's community.
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Children who have been exposed to lead poisoning have access to the Early intervention program that offers resources ranging from speech therapy to nutrition services.
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Children who were poisoned by lead are now suffering the effects as young adults. The question many parents are asking is how will the school system help these students?
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While the government banned lead-based paint in 1978, more than 75 percent of houses in Chicago were built before 1970, affecting children with lead poisoning.
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Drinking water have been contaminated with lead. Chicago residents and property owners are expected to deal with the problem. Experts are pressing the city to make some changes and take action.
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How tightly does childhood adversity correlate with later-in-life measures of well-being? A new study looks at public school kids who grew up in some of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods and finds some disheartening patterns.

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Mental health care is playing a starring role in a movement to unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. After major budget cuts, members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus are demanding to reopen shuttered clinics by adding $2.2 million to the budget the Council will vote on November 13 .

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