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Trouble Spots

Ah, summer—time for fun in the sun at the 52 public beaches around Chicago. But, beachgoers, beware: beach closings have more than doubled in recent years. We take a look at the area’s most polluted beaches

Marching On

Turning 65, Rev. Jesse Jackson talks about his life, the Democrats, the biggest issues facing America today—and the role he plays in his son’s thriving political career

The Speech

When Barack Obama launched into his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was still an obscure state senator from Illinois. By the time he finished 17 minutes later, he had captured the nation’s attention and opened the way for a run at the presidency. A behind-the-scenes look at the politicking, plotting, and preparation that went into Obama’s breakthrough moment