Cities Want to Return to Prepandemic Life. One Obstacle: Transit Crime.

Crime rates on trains and buses are up in some of the nation’s biggest cities, one more barrier for downtowns trying to rebound.

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Thousands in the U.S. Rally in Support of Ukraine

At events in Washington, Chicago, Boston and other cities on Sunday, demonstrators expressed their love for the country, anger at Vladimir Putin and hope for peace.

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Lori Lightfoot Promised to Change Chicago. Crises Keep Piling Up.

Ms. Lightfoot has shown herself to be a blunt orator and unflinching negotiator.

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‘The Kids Are Casualties in a War’

How students, teachers and parents were caught in the middle of a standoff between Chicago’s mayor and its teachers’ union.

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Chicago Reaches Deal With Teachers’ Union to Return to Classrooms

Students in the third-largest U.S. school district will go back to classes on Wednesday.

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With Omicron, Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Worrying Democrats

Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development.

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Chicagoans Adjust to Closed Schools During Union Dispute

Teachers voted to stop going to school amid a standoff between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union, which called for more virus safeguards.

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Chicago Public Schools and the Teachers’ Union Clash

Two days after winter break, union members were preparing to vote on whether they would refuse to report to school buildings.

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‘It’s Chaos’ as Schools Confront Omicron

After an unrelenting spike in cases, a small but growing list of districts — including Newark, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Cleveland — moved temporarily to remote learning.

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A Call to Fund the Police

Mayors of color in major, liberal cities are prioritizing public safety.

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8 Black Women Who Are Mayors in Some of the U.S.’s Biggest Cities

Black women achieved a historic milestone as mayors of eight major American cities this year. Political analysts say the record number points to “the age of Black women in politics.”

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A Showdown in Chicago

Vaccine mandates are being met with resistance from many police departments in the U.S. Here’s how that tension is playing out in one city.

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Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

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The New Racism Won’t Solve the Old Racism

Discrimination in the service of equality is exactly as Orwellian as it sounds. 

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New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

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Chicago Releases Video of Fatal Police Shooting as Mayor Calls for Peace

Anthony Alvarez, 22, died after a police officer shot him following a chase. A video showed he was running away, holding a gun.

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Hundreds March in Chicago, Protesting Police Shooting of Adam Toledo, 13

The boy was fatally shot in March after a police chase in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.

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Mayor Calls for Calm as Chicago Awaits Video of Police Fatally Shooting 13-Year-Old

The body camera footage was expected to be released on Thursday.

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Chicago to Release Video of Deadly Police Shooting of a 13-Year-Old

The shooting has tapped into a tide of anguish and frustration in Chicago neighborhoods that have been gripped by recurring gun violence.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on What She Learned From Battling the Teachers’ Union

In an interview, Ms. Lightfoot talked about how she hoped to rebuild trust in the system and eventually reopen high schools.

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Chicago Teachers Tentatively Agree to Return to Classrooms

If approved, the deal would avert a strike and allow some students to receive in-person instruction starting this week.

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Chicago Students Return to School on Monday. Will Their Teachers?

The mayor and teachers’ union are locked in a bitter fight over whether to reopen classrooms in the nation’s third-largest district.

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Lori Lightfoot Apologizes to Social Worker Who Was Handcuffed Naked

Police body-camera footage of a 2019 raid on Anjanette Young’s apartment shows her screaming and crying as she tells the officers that they had the wrong person.

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Life Without Parole for Man Who Killed Chicago Police Commander

“Justice was served today,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said after sentencing for the midday fatal shooting of Cmdr. Paul Bauer in the Loop.

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‘City So Real’ Makes Chicago the Lead in a National Drama

The director Steve James talked about his new docu-series, which uses the 2019 mayoral race and its tumultuous aftermath as the thread to stitch a larger American story.

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Christopher Columbus Statues Removed From 2 Chicago Parks

Crews removed statues of the explorer from Grant Park and Arrigo Park early on Friday.

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14 People Are Shot Near Chicago Funeral Home

The violence comes during a dispute between Chicago’s mayor and President Trump, who had said he would send federal agents to the city.

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‘It’s Got to Stop’: Atlanta’s Mayor Decries a Surge of Violence as a Girl Is Killed

Secoriea Turner, 8, was one of several children killed across the country over the holiday weekend. Her death has roiled Atlanta.

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Chicago Gun Violence Spikes and Increasingly Finds the Youngest Victims

Nine children under the age of 18 have been shot dead in Chicago since June 20.

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‘Everybody Will Second-Guess’: Liberal Mayors Navigate Protesters and Police

For Democratic city leaders across the country, the unrest in their streets is testing their campaign promises and principles.

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