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LaSalle County sand mine (CBS)

Sand Is Like Gold In LaSalle County, Where Some Oppose More Mining

Some residents near Starved Rock State Park say an increase in the mining of sand — a resource used in “fracking” — could harm the land and water supplies. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

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Apollo the dog (Facebook)

Suburban Officer Fired After Shooting Family’s Dog

Apollo the German shepherd mix growled and approached the officer, who shot the dog and killed him in front of the homeowners’ six-year-old daughter.

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These surveillance images show armed suspects who robbed a West Side clinic. (Images provided)

Older Men With Guns Rob Pharmacy, Make Off With Viagra, Other Drugs

Causing little attention, two men in their late-50s entered a West Side medical center on the pretense of wanting to see the dentist. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

07/28/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Announces Expansion In Early Education For Poverty Level Kids

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new program Monday to bridge the early childhood education gap for poverty level inner city kids.

07/28/2014

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Highland Park Doctor Charged With Issuing Phony Medical Marijuana Certification

As Illinois moves closer to allowing medical marijuana use, the state is warning people to avoid anyone who promises they can get you certified now. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports on a North Shore doctor accused of doing just that.

07/28/2014

The Marine Angel. (Credit: Library Of Congress)

Amazing Photo Of Massive Barge On Chicago River

In 1953, the biggest vessel to travel the Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway managed to wind its way downtown on the Chicago River.

07/28/2014

Rey Colón  (Illinois State Police)

Ald. Colón Has ‘Confidence In Legal System’ After DUI Stop

Colón, who represents the 35th Ward, was driving a Honda SUV early Friday on Interstate 290 near Sacramento when he was pulled over for failing to signal and improper lane usage.

07/28/2014

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The Battle To Build A Bad-Ass Urban Bicycle

The battle to build the best, bad-ass urban bicycle has begun, pitting designs from five different cities, including Chicago.

07/28/2014

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: CBS)

Congressman Schock Proposes To End CHA “Supervouchers”

Some Chicago Housing Authority Residents are getting government money to live in luxury buildings that most Chicagoans probably can’t afford, reports WBBM’s Terry Keshner.

07/28/2014

Cat Emergency At Battersea As Fewer Prospective Owners Come Forward

Dogs vs. Cats: Which States Love Them More

Dog owners vs. Cat owners: In the United States, it reflects our national politics.

07/28/2014

Deputy Chief Tom Papadakis (left), Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (center) and Chief Larry McKinley (right). (city of Gary photo)

Gary Police Chief Resigns; Deputy Promoted

Following a couple of violent months that included the killing of a police officer, the city of Gary has announced a new police chief and crime-fighting strategy, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/28/2014

Supporters of both Israel and Palestine staged competing rallies on Monday, outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Israeli, Palestinian Supporters Face Off Outside Thompson Center

Demonstrators filled up the area around the Thompson Center and the Daley Center on Monday, for competing rallies – one in support of Israel, the other in support of Palestinians.

07/28/2014

Akiel W. Davis | photo from Kane County State’s Attorney’s office

Carpentersville Man Pleads Guilty To Bomb Threats At Kane County Courthouse

A 22-year old man who made false bomb threats at a courthouse last year, is going to prison for a while, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

07/28/2014

Solider Field

The Evolution Of Lake Shore Drive, Grant Park

Back in the 1920s the vast land between Soldier Field and the Chicago River resembled Lollapalooza after a rain-soaked, three-day mosh.

07/28/2014

The Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. (Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Agriculture)

Illinois State Fair Managers Fined For Ethics Violations

A state commission has fined managers of both of Illinois’ State Fairs for ethics violations over beer tickets, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/28/2014

Waves crash into the Chicago lakefront at Fullerton Avenue. (Credit: CBS)

Meteorologists Warn Of High Waves On Lake Michigan

High waves on Lake Michigan have prompted a warning for boaters and swimmers, due to potentially deadly currents on the water.

07/28/2014

Bob Scott at the Lafayette Journal & Courier.  Bob is fighting Stage 4 cancer.

Giving Thanks To Mentors As Life Passes By

John, I always had a plan for you.

07/28/2014

Muslims celebrate the Eid holiday at Toyota Park in Bridgview. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger/CBS)

Muslims Mark End Of Ramadan At Eid Celebration In Bridgeview

Amid turmoil across the Middle East, Chicago area Muslims jammed the field at Toyota Park in Bridgeview on Monday, to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

07/28/2014

The Coolest.  (Credit: Kickstarter)

Kickstarter Superstar: The Coolest Redefines The Cooler

When Ryan Grepper set out to rethink the good, old-fashioned cooler, he figured he would need about $50,000 in seed money to get the project moving. Grepper’s idea was to marry old-fashioned cooler technology with 2014 technology.

07/28/2014