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US President Barack Obama speaks about Syria from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2013. Obama said Saturday he will ask the US Congress to authorize military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Obama said he had decided he would go ahead and launch military action on Syria, but he believed it was important for American democracy to win the support of lawmakers. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

House Bill Offers $100M To Lure Obama Presidential Library To Illinois

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has co-sponsored the measure. He said it’s a good idea, even if the state continues to face financial challenges.

9 hours ago

Artistic rendering of the track-level view of an elevated bypass project along the Red, Brown and Purple Lines north of the Belmont station in Lakeview. (Credit: CTA)

Tunney Wary Of Project For Lakeview “L” Overpass

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said he’s not yet ready to embrace the CTA’s plans to build elevated bypass tracks that would eliminate a traffic bottleneck for three of its rail lines – the Red, Brown, and Purple – and speed up rush hour trains on the North Side.

11 hours ago

Jim Oberweis, a U.S. Senate candidate, talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Kirk Reverses Course, Endorses Oberweis Against Durbin

Seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Durbin in November, Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis on Thursday welcomed the belated support of Durbin’s GOP colleague on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

13 hours ago

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Lake Station Mayor, Wife Plead Innocent To Corruption Charges

Keith Soderquist, 44, and his wife, Deoborah, 55, have been accused of taking money from his campaign fund and the city’s food pantry account, to use on gambling expenses at casinos in Indiana and Michigan.

14 hours ago

Tom and Gail Wise pose with their 1965 Mustang in the Ford exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show on February 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The car is the first of the iconic Mustang automobiles to be sold in the United States. Gail purchased the car new in Chicago after graduating from college for $3,447.50. She needed the car to commute to her new $5,000-a-year job teaching third grade at a suburban school. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

First Mustang Owner, A Chicago Teacher, ‘Felt Like A Movie Star’

Gail Wise was a new teacher just looking for a convertible to make the commute to her suburban school, but the only convertible the salesman at Johnson Ford had on the lot was a brand new model that was still under wraps.

16 hours ago

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Still Examining Three Options To Extend Red Line South

The CTA says, contrary to published reports, it has NOT narrowed to two the list of potential routes for a Red Line extension to 130th Street. Nor is it in a position to move ahead with construction.

18 hours ago

Angel Villafuerte. (Photo provided by Angel's friends.)

Trucker Released After Questioning In Hit-And-Run That Killed 12-Year-Old Boy

A driver was released after being questioned in connection with a Whiting, Ind., crash that killed a 12-year-old boy crossing the street near his home Wednesday afternoon.

19 hours ago

Jamie Duignan (left) allegedly abducted her two sons Owen (center) and Daniel (right) on Wedneday. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Missing Boys, Mother Found Safe In Wisconsin

A West Beverly woman and her two sons have been found safe in Wisconsin, after Chicago police said the woman abducted the boys Wednesday evening.

19 hours ago

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Attorney: Taking Money Not Necessarily A Bribe

“One could certainly accept money as a public official without that acceptance of money being a bribe,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said after Smith pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday.

04/16/2014

Volunteers and officials with Prevent Child Abuse America passed out blue and white pinwheels -- the group's symbol -- as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month on April 16, 2014. (Credit: Facebook)

Child Abuse Prevention Group Hosts Pinwheel Garden At Navy Pier

Child abuse prevention advocates gathered in front of Navy Pier on Wednesday with an important message: everyone can help prevent child abuse.

04/16/2014

Microbeads are used in many exfoliating body and facial cleansers, and in some whitening toothpaste brands, because of the tiny materials' abrasive qualities. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Move To Ban Microbeads Moves Forward Amid Phase-Out Agreements

Environmentalists, lawmakers and representatives of the cosmetics industry met at the Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday day to talk about an agreement to stop the use of “microbeads” in personal care products in Illinois.

04/16/2014

A monarch butterfly alights on a milkweed during the breeding process.  (Photo credit: SUSANA GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

State Seeks Help Restoring Shrinking Monarch Butterfly Population

The monarch butterfly has been the state’s official insect for nearly 40 years , thanks to the lobbying efforts of a group of 3rd graders from Decatur. Chris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the butterfly’s numbers have dwindled since the mid-1990s.

04/16/2014

Marcus Lynch (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged In Lakeview Rape, Robbery

Marcus Lynch, of the 4700 block of South Loomis Boulevard, allegedly followed a 22-year-old woman from a gas station at the corner of Halsted and Addison streets, and into a nearby alley Tuesday afternoon.

04/16/2014

Crews battle a house fire in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue on April 15, 2014. (Photo Credit: Eric Clark For Sun Times Media Group)

7 Hurt In West Pullman Fire; Neighbors Help Rescue Kids

A fire in the West Pullman neighborhood injured seven people; including two firefighters, a police officer, and two children who jumped from a window to reach safety.

04/15/2014

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: (FILES)This undated file photo shows US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York. Robinson has been chosen to receive posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a US civilian, 02 March 2005, for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, as well as "his lifetime of breaking down barriers and his unending fight for justice," officials on Capitol Hill said in an earlier press release. US Senator John Kerry and US Representative Richard Neal, who co-sponsored legislation honoring Robinson, will be joined by the ballplayer's widow Rachel Robinson, US President George W. Bush and congressional leaders at the ceremony. Robinson broke baseball's "color line", becoming the first African American to play in the Major Leagues when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Officials in Congress said however that he is also being honored for his contributions to the broader struggle for civil rights.

Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams Speak To High Schoolers About Jackie Robinson

White Sox executives spoke to some Chicago high school athletes about bringing change as part of Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

04/15/2014

This baby Great Horned Owl was rescued after apparently falling from its nest in McHenry County. (Credit: Village of Bull Valley)

Baby Horned Owl Rescued In McHenry County

A baby Great Horned Owl that apparently fell out of its nest in McHenry County is now safe, thanks to a police officer in the village of Bull Valley.

04/15/2014

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

City Touts Decline In Teen Smoking

Fewer than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking last year.

04/15/2014

Scott Farrow (Credit: Facebook)

Palos Heights Man Shot In Home Invasion

Deputy Chief Dave Delaney said the suspects broke into a home in the 7900 block of West 131st Street around 3:30 a.m.

04/15/2014

Snow in Naperville (Ken Blazer)

Late Snowfall Leaves Roads A Mess; Temperatures Just Shy Of Record

Monday night’s snowfall dropped 1.4 inches at O’Hare International Airport, pushing the seasonal total to 82 inches, just shy of the 2nd most seasonal snowfall for Chicago – when 82.3 inches fell in the winter of 1977-78.

04/15/2014

Plastic Bag (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Delay Vote On Plastic Bag Ban

Many aldermen still want to ban the ubiquitous plastic grocery bags they feel are clogging landfills, but some want to exempt small, independent retailers from the ordinance.

04/15/2014