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Volunteers using the web-based Milky Way Project brought star-forming
features, nicknamed “yellowballs,” to the attention of researchers (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Where Do Stars Come From? Space ‘Yellow Balls,’ Of Course

At least that is the name given to star cocoons spotted by volunteers who combed through infra-red photos of the Milky Way. WBBM’s John Cody reports.

14 hours ago

Hundreds of parents and daycare providers rallied outside the Thompson Center to call on lawmakers to restore child care funding. (Credit: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Daycare Providers Rally To Get State Funding Restored

Hundreds of parents and daycare providers gathered at the Thompson Center on Friday to call on state lawmakers to restore funding to the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program.

19 hours ago

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Slams Quinn For Leaving Behind “Fundamentally Dishonest” Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner had nothing but scorn for his predecessor on Friday, when he took questions from reporters about the transition process during his first weeks in office.

19 hours ago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Emanuel, Rivals Spar Over Budget, Pensions At Second Debate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challengers addressed the city’s budget and crippling pension debt in their second formal debate on Friday, and the mayor left the door open just a tiny bit on a possible property tax hike.

19 hours ago

Measles shot. (Photo by Mark Kegans/Getty Images)

California Measles Outbreak Prompting Lots Of Questions In Chicago Area

Most local health departments said they are not seeing any more or fewer measles vaccinations being given since an outbreak of measles tied to Disneyland.

21 hours ago

Ernie Banks' casket is on display during his public visitation. (Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Cubs Fans Gather At Public Visitation For Ernie Banks

Fans and friends of the late Ernie Banks gathered at Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Magnificent Mile for a public visitation for “Mister Cub,” who died of a heart attack one week ago.

22 hours ago

Ark Of Safety Apostolic Faith Temple in Cicero. (Credit: Town of Cicero)

Cicero Calls Church “Safety Nightmare,” Pastor Accuses Town Of Racism

The pastor of a Cicero church is accusing town officials of racism, after they threatened to board up his church if myriad code violations are not addressed by Saturday night.

23 hours ago

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Supports Countdown Clocks At Red Light Camera Intersections

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed the idea of installing countdown signals at every intersection in Chicago that has a red light camera, so drivers don’t have to slam on the brakes to avoid a ticket.

01/30/2015

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Weekend Snowstorm Could Dump Up To 10 Inches South Of City; 4 To 6 In Chicago

A weekend snowstorm could bring as much as 10 inches of snow in the southern suburbs, with 4-6 inches likely in the city.

01/30/2015

Two city workers fell in a trench when they jumped out of the way of a car being chased by police in South Deering. (Credit: CapturedNews)

Water Department Workers Fall Into Trench Escaping Cars In Police Chase

Police said officers were pursuing suspects in a stolen vehicle around 12:40 a.m., when their pursuit brought them to the 1500 block of East 95th Street, where the Water Department employees were working on a construction project.

01/30/2015

A car crashed into a house early Friday in the 900 block of West 107th Street. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Car Crashes Into Home In Washington Heights

A driver was seriously injured, and a South Side family was startled out of their beds, when the man crashed his car into a home in the Washington Heights neighborhood early Friday.

01/30/2015

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Activists Reach Out To Help Tenants Of “Problem Landlords”

Tenants in some West Side apartment buildings in need of repairs have received help from activists trying to make a better quality of life, but even the activists acknowledge some landlords have little incentive to fix up their buildings.

01/29/2015

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Kane County Moving To Slash Sheriff’s Budget

The Kane County Board Finance Committee has voted to cut the sheriff’s budget by $225,000, just a part of the amount that will be cut if the sheriff doesn’t straighten out an inmate housing situation involving the federal government.

01/29/2015

Hundreds attended a meeting to voice their opposition to a retirement package of the COD's outgoing president. (Credit: Brad Edwards)

Lawmaker Threatens To Punish College Of DuPage Over $750K Severance To President

A northwest suburban lawmaker was threatening to slash state funding for the College of DuPage, after its board of trustees agreed to a $762,868 severance package for the community college’s retiring president.

01/29/2015

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Advocates For Poor Hoping Rauner Will Step Up Fight Against Poverty

In light of a new study showing Illinois lagging in efforts to help fight poverty, advocates were hoping state officials rededicate themselves to the task.

01/29/2015

A cancer patients holds the tubes that funnel chemotherapy drugs into his body at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center June 17, 2003 in Fayetteville, N.C. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Propose Giving Terminally Ill “Right To Try” Experimental Drugs

A conservative Republican lawmaker from Wheaton has teamed up with a liberal Democrat from Chicago in an effort to make Illinois a “right to try” state.

01/29/2015

Chicago Union Station  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Union Station Set For $12M Renovation

The iconic 90-year-old Union Station is about to get a $12 million facelift, including upgrades to frequently crowded concourses, and improved temperature controls to avoid burst pipes that twice flooded the rail terminal this month.

01/29/2015

A humorous ad citing facts about squirrels. (Credit: Ben Larrison.)

Humorous CTA Ads Want You To Know The Truth About Squirrels

Some new print ads on CTA Red Line trains seek to inject a little humor into the lives of riders, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

01/28/2015

Measles. (Credit: CBS)

Doctors Stress Importance Of Measles Vaccine While Some Parents Resist

The measles outbreak has hit Illinois, with one confirmed case. Despite what some may think, doctors say measles can be dangerous, so now, is a good time to protect yourself.

01/28/2015

Jeffrey Morowczynski. (Credit: Orland Park Police)

Ex Orland Park Teacher, Coach Accused Of Having Sex With Former Student

Another former teacher in the Orland Park schools has been accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, the second in less than a week.

01/28/2015