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State Provides $10M In New Funds For Safe Passage Program

The city’s Safe Passage program to protect Chicago Public Schools students on their way to and from school has been expanded to 133 schools, thanks to $10 million in new funding from the state.

08/28/2014

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Prosecutors: Trucker In Fatal I-55 Wreck Is Blind In One Eye

An Indiana truck driver has been indicted on reckless homicide charges, in connection to a July crash on Interstate 55 that killed five people. Prosecutors said the crash was partly the result of the trucker being blind in his right eye.

08/28/2014

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Activists Want Dyett To Become Green Technology School

Activists have said they are not giving up the fight to save a Washington Park neighborhood high school, but Chicago Public Schools officials have suggested the battle is pretty much over.

08/28/2014

A 57-foot tugboat capsized and sank on the Calumet River on Wednesday. The two crew members swam to safety. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

Tugboat Capsizes, Sinks On Calumet River

Shortly after 7 p.m., the crew on the 57-foot tug boat “Bonnie G. Selvick” tried to turn the boat around while headed south on the river near the 106th Street Bridge.

08/28/2014

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Union: Northwestern Hospital Closing Cafeteria, Forcing Employees To Unfamiliar Jobs

A workers union at Northwestern Memorial has said more than two dozen cafeteria employees at Northwestern Memorial Hospital will be forced into jobs they weren’t trained for when the cafeteria closes in two weeks.

08/28/2014

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Pence Hopeful Court Will Uphold Indiana’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he remains hopeful that the Hoosier State’s ban on same-sex marriages will remain intact, despite blistering questions by the three-judge panel from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

08/28/2014

A fire which started in the basement of a three-story commercial building in Englewood spread through the entire building and through the roof. (Credit: CBS)

Firefighters Battle Massive Blaze In Englewood

Extra crews were called in to battle flames that rapidly spread through a three-story building on the 6300 block of South Halsted Street.

08/28/2014

Supporters of the Nouveau Tavern march in River North. (Credit: CBS)

Candlelight Protest Held Outside Recently Vandalized River North Nightclub

A River North nightclub where racist graffiti recently appeared was the scene of a candlelight protest Wednesday night.

08/27/2014

Social Security checks at a U.S. Treasury printing facility (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

2 Investigators: Millions In Social Security Payments Stolen

(CBS) — Thousands of Social Security beneficiaries have become victims of identity thieves who have hacked into their accounts and stolen millions of dollars in desperately needed benefits. 69-year-old Carole Folkes is one of them. […]

08/27/2014

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Explosion At BP Refinery In Whiting Shakes Surrounding Area

An explosion occurred at the BP Whiting, Ind., refinery Wednesday night.

08/27/2014

The home where Michael Jackson grew up in Gary. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

Gary Renovating Homes On Block Michael Jackson Grew Up On Ahead Of Three-Day Festival

The sounds of saws and hammers have filled the air this week along the street in Gary where pop idol Michael Jackson grew up in advance of a three-day festival marking his birthday.

08/27/2014

Chicago Police Commander Evans. (Credit: CBS)

West Side Commander Charged With Aggravated Battery, Stripped Of Police Powers

A Chicago Police commander on the city’s West Side has been stripped of his police powers.

08/27/2014

Douglas McArthur McCain.

Kirk: Passports Enable Homegrown Terrorist To Travel Freely

Douglas McCain, the Chicago-born ISIS fighter killed in Syria, apparently wasn’t alone.

08/27/2014

The Jackie Robinson West players got to enjoy some games and pizza at their home park after the rally. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

JRW Players, Parents Ready To Resume Normal Lives

After the big rally in Millennium Park, the Jackie Robinson West players headed back to their home park for a party featuring pizza and bouncy houses.

08/27/2014

Carly Rousso (center) and her parents arrive at the Lake County Courthouse ahead of her bench trial for allegedly huffing keyboard cleaner before running over and killing a 5-year-old girl in Highland Park on Labor Day 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Leader Of Latino Advocacy Group Expresses Sympathy For Carly Rousso

The leader of a group that advocates for Latinos is sympathetic to 20-year-old Carly Rousso – who’s being sentenced next month for DUI, after a collision that killed a 5-year-old Hispanic girl.

08/27/2014

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Chicago’s 2014 Has Been All Wet, National Weather Service Says

2014 … it’s been a very wet year.

08/27/2014

Dick's Sporting Goods made 7,000 of these T-shirts to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who won the U.S. national title in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

eBay Sellers Profiting From JRW Championship T-Shirts

If you’re interested in a Jackie Robinson West T-shirt – be prepared to pay for it. And don’t expect your money to benefit the Little League program.

08/27/2014

Apple's wrist device patent. (Credit: U.S. Patent Office)

Apple Watch To Make Debut September 9 With New iPhone?

The long-anticipated unveiling of Apple’s first smart watch may be coming sooner than initially thought.

08/27/2014

Protesters holding signs of people shot and killed by police called for U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to launch a federal investigation into police shootings nationwide. (Credit: Facebook)

Protesters Demand Federal Investigation Into Police Shootings

Protesters gathered outside the Dirksen Federal Building on Wednesday, saying the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and statistics regarding fatal police-involved shootings in the Chicago area show it’s time for a sweeping federal investigation into police conduct.

08/27/2014