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FBI

Gang Members Hit With Racketeering, Murder Charges

Federal prosecutors said the gang’s violent crimes are numerous, including allegations they regularly moved hundreds of pounds of illicit drugs and killed at least two people.

18 hours ago

De La Salle Institute (Credit: Facebook)

De La Salle Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Five Chicago mayors have attended De La Salle; including both Richard J. Daley and his son Richard M. Daley, Frank Corr, Martin Kennelly and Michael Bilandic. Other notable alums include the late Cook County Board Presidents George Dunne and Dan Ryan, and broadcasting brothers Bryant and Greg Gumbel.

20 hours ago

David Jordan (left) and Peter Williams (right) have been charged with attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault. The pair shot two Harvey police officers who were responding to a robbery call, then took eight people hostage in a standoff that lasted nearly 24 hours. (Credit: Harvey Police)

Two Parolees Charged In Harvey Standoff

David Jordan and Peter Williams, have been charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated criminal sexual assault.

21 hours ago

An unused visiting room in a super maximum security area of Cook County Jail, where Farad Polk became trapped for 32 hours after he walked into the room, and the door locked behind him. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

No Disciplinary Action For Jail Staff After Visitor Trapped For 32 Hours

The Cook County Sheriff’s office has decided not to take any disciplinary action against jail employees, after a 51-year-old visitor was trapped for 32 hours in a small room at the jail last month.

08/22/2014

Residents in southwest suburban Burbank wade through a heavily flooded street. According to the National Weather Service, more than 4.5 inches of rain fell in the area from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Southwest Suburbs Hit Hardest By Flooding; Burbank Schools Closed

Heavy rains have caused major flooding across much of the Chicago area overnight, especially in the southwest suburbs, where at least two school districts were forced to cancel classes at all its schools.

08/22/2014

Antonio Smith. (Family provided photo.)

Parents Mourn 9-Year-Old “Little Homey” Slain In Grand Crossing

The day after 9-year-old Antonio Smith was shot to death in the back yard of an apartment building in the south side Grand Crossing neighborhood, several hundred people filled the yard Thursday night to offer prayers and demand action.

08/22/2014

7th graders at Christ The King School in Chicago take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Credit: Facebook)

Archdiocese Cautions Catholic Schools About Taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Chicago Catholic archdiocese is throwing a little cold water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon that is dominating social media lately.

08/21/2014

Bank Of America

Illinois Getting $300M From Record Bank Of America Settlement

Illinois is set to receive a $300 million share of a record $16.7 billion nationwide settlement with Bank of America, over allegations of financial misconduct that helped lead to the 2008 financial crisis.

08/21/2014

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Rauner, Quinn Call Each Other “Phony” On Term Limits

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner accused each other of being dishonest on the issue of term limits, Rauner filed an emergency petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to decide whether voters can weigh in on the question in November.

08/21/2014

Some of the more than 53,000 names of U.S. casualities carved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are shown November 6, 2007 in Washington, DC . The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Wall this week.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Terminally Ill Vietnam Veteran To Join Honor Flight To D.C.

A local Honor Flight organization which typically takes fast-disappearing World War II and Korean War veterans to see memorials in Washington D.C. was, for the first time, taking a Vietnam War veteran along on Thursday.

08/21/2014

Rev X Indoor Cycling Studio. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Neighbors Claim Evanston Spin Studio Ignoring Noise Complaints

Noise from a spin studio in Evanston has some people upset – claiming their complaints have fallen on deaf ears, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

08/21/2014

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and police with one of the released hostages. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Dart: Suspects Traded Hostage For Cigarettes In Harvey Standoff

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his chief negotiator told him that in 150 such cases, he had never seen one like it.

08/20/2014

Ambulance

Babysitter Injured After Tree Branch Falls, Pins Her At North Side Park

A tree branch fell on a babysitter who was watching three children at a park in the north side Rogers Park neighborhood.

08/20/2014

One of two suspects who took eight people hostage in Harvey is taken into custody Wednesday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Nephew Of Hostage Says Aunt Shaken Up But Ok, Calls Her A “Hero”

When the four children were released by the hostage-takers, it was one of the adult hostages who was allowed to escort them out – and then had to turn around and come back to the house.

08/20/2014

Senator speaks about keeping people from joining gangs at Cook County Jail Division  11. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Kirk Meets With Gang Members During Tour Of Cook County Jail

Sen. Mark Kirk is applauding law enforcement’s efforts to stop gangs. He focused on more than one program in a tour of Cook County Jail on Wednesday, reports WBBM’s Craig Delimore reports.

08/20/2014

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Joffrey Ballet To Livestream Rehearsal Of Swan Lake On Youtube Thursday

Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet is doing something tomorrow no other ballet company has ever done, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

08/20/2014

Firefighters douse a blaze after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac Megantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire.  More than 40 people were killed as a result of the crash and fire. (Photo redit: François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayors Call For Improved Safety Measures For Oil Trains

Federal railroad officials got an earful Wednesday from the mayors of several Chicago area towns that have been affected by a growing number of increasingly long trains hauling crude oil and other volatile materials.

08/20/2014

Hostess Twinkies. (Credit: Susanna Song)

Hostess Closing Twinkie Bakery In Schiller Park Again

For the second time in less than two years, Hostess is closing the Schiller Park bakery the famous Twinkie snack cake was invented.

08/20/2014

James Foley on assignment in Aleppo, Syria. (Credit:  Nicole Tung)

Obama Condemns James Foley’s Execution, Calls ISIS ‘Cowardly’

A visibly angry President Barack Obama condemned the beheading of veteran journalist and Northwestern University alum James Foley as “an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.”

08/20/2014

More than 200 athletes registered in this year's Valor Games Midwest, double the size of the first Valor Games in 2010. (Credit: Twitter/@WorldSportChi)

Injured Vets Compete In Annual Valor Games At Soldier Field

The veterans planned to take part in three days of games that are as much about mental rehabilitation as physical – perhaps more.

08/20/2014