Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, First Lady For Property Tax Appeals

Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign last year, WBEZ has learned.

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Report: Shorting Investment In Preschool Grows Crime

Hear the story here. An anti-crime group released a report today tying involvement in crime to a lack of preschool programs. Children who don’t participate in preschool are 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime by the time they turn 18, according to a study cited in the report by the Illinois branch of the groupFight Crime: Invest in Kids. “Research has shown that when children are able to take advantage of early childhood programs they are less likely to commit crimes...

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Too Many Eggs For One Basket! Backyard Chicken Farmers Scramble To Give Them Away

When Timothy Masters got his first chickens a decade ago, it was easy. He lives "way out in the country" in Pennsylvania, away from urban regulations about keeping chickens in backyards. He built a chicken coop and got three hens to provide eggs for him and his wife. "It was the perfect number for us," he says. That's when the catalogs began to arrive. "I started getting these chicken catalogs, and they'd show these photos of glorious chickens in every size and color," Masters says. He wished...

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Facebook expects to pay a fine of up to $5 billion in a settlement with federal regulators. The tech giant disclosed that figure in its first-quarter 2019 financial results.

It's the stuff of a Hollywood blockbuster: Five hundred years ago, a son of Christopher Columbus assembled one of the greatest libraries the world has ever known. The volumes inside were mostly lost to history. Now, a precious book summarizing the contents of the library has turned up in a manuscript collection in Denmark.

Relly Brown's ground-floor apartment near Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood still resembles the hotel room it once was: four walls, no kitchen and a mattress that takes up half the floor. A shade is drawn over the only window, keeping it dim and reasonably cool on a warm spring afternoon.

"I'm living in a box," said Brown, 26, who was placed here in December through a program called rapid rehousing, which provides short-term rental vouchers to use on the private market. Typically, the subsidies cover security deposits and the first three to six months of rent.

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In Northern California, many survivors of the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise are now struggling with the psychological scars from everything they endured. Stephanie O'Neill has more.

STEPHANIE O'NEILL, BYLINE: For Carol Holcomb, last November 8 started as just another beautiful fall day in Paradise, Calif. And then she heard what sounded like raindrops hitting her roof, so she stepped outside to investigate.

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In Northern California, many survivors of the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise are now struggling with the psychological scars from everything they endured. Stephanie O'Neill has more.

STEPHANIE O'NEILL, BYLINE: For Carol Holcomb, last November 8 started as just another beautiful fall day in Paradise, Calif. And then she heard what sounded like raindrops hitting her roof, so she stepped outside to investigate.

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In Northern California, many survivors of the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise are now struggling with the psychological scars from everything they endured. Stephanie O'Neill has more.

STEPHANIE O'NEILL, BYLINE: For Carol Holcomb, last November 8 started as just another beautiful fall day in Paradise, Calif. And then she heard what sounded like raindrops hitting her roof, so she stepped outside to investigate.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will lead a global effort to stop social media from promoting terrorism in the wake of recent attacks that devastated New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

"This isn't about freedom of expression; this is about preventing violent extremism and terrorism online," Ardern told reporters at a news conference in Auckland on Wednesday.

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In Northern California, many survivors of the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise are now struggling with the psychological scars from everything they endured. Stephanie O'Neill has more.

STEPHANIE O'NEILL, BYLINE: For Carol Holcomb, last November 8 started as just another beautiful fall day in Paradise, Calif. And then she heard what sounded like raindrops hitting her roof, so she stepped outside to investigate.

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In Northern California, many survivors of the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise are now struggling with the psychological scars from everything they endured. Stephanie O'Neill has more.

STEPHANIE O'NEILL, BYLINE: For Carol Holcomb, last November 8 started as just another beautiful fall day in Paradise, Calif. And then she heard what sounded like raindrops hitting her roof, so she stepped outside to investigate.

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