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10 Stories Chicagoans Should Read This Week

Read stories on the Cubs’ last link to a World Series win, Chicago’s storyteller Stuart Dybek, a moment of local violence caught by an NPR reporter, and more.

Stuart Dybek in Evanston, where he lives and teaches at Northwestern University.   Photo: Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune

1. Cubs’ Last Link to a World Series

The 97-year-old former shortstop is the last surviving member of the 1945 National League champions. The New York Times profiles Lennie Marullo.

2. Reparations Could Be So Much More Than a Check in the Mail

The Contract Buyers League fought discriminatory housing practices in Chicago in the 1960s. Surviving members talk about how the debt could be repaid. Huffington Post Chicago looks at the city’s past.

3. Stuart Dybek: Chicago’s Storyteller

His immigrant father wanted him to be a doctor. Here’s how the city’s quiet literary superstar became a writer instead. The Tribune tells his story.

4. Attack on Chiraq: Activists Want the Word to Die

Some Chicagoans are worried the term encourages sound-bite coverage of violence in the city, and even encourages violence itself. The Sun-Times gives voice to the pushback.

5. NPR Reporter Witnesses One of Chicago’s Latest Shootings

David Schaper was reporting on urban renewal in Englewood when a man was shot by a semi-automatic rifle nearby. Morning Edition caught tape of the incident.

6. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Chicago and ‘The Case for Reparations’

The Atlantic editor, author of a massive cover story on how to address America’s history of discriminatory policies, discusses the city’s history. Chicago magazine talks with Coates about his work.

7. Chicago Police Fail to Register Sex Offenders 601 Times in Just Three Months

The CPD is turning away sex offenders because they don’t have the “capacity” to register them. WBEZ investigates why—and what the implications are.

8. Teaching Moms, Teaching Kids With Two-Generation Learning

An Evanston program combines life and job coaching for mothers with early-childhood education for their children. Catalyst Chicago examines the Two-Generation Learning Initiative.

9. A Visit With Local Fiction Writer and Poet Stuart Dybek [Video]

Ride the el with one of the city’s lit legends. Chicago magazine joins Dybek on a trip around his hometown.

10. The Arms Struggle in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel wants very strict regulations on gun shops in Chicago. There’s precedent for them. The New York Times editorial board argues for his proposal.

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