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Director Spike Lee at the Chiraq block party. (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Debate Tax Break For Spike Lee’s Film, ‘Chiraq’

Members of a City Council panel debated, but did not vote on, a measure calling for director Spike Lee to be blocked from getting a state tax credit for his Chicago-based movie provocatively called “Chiraq,” reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Ron Bliwas, left, and Dan Gelford, right. (Credit: Personal History Interviews Facebook Page)

Made In Chicago: Personal History Interviews

Ron Bliwas partnered with another Shoah Foundation veteran, videographer Dan Gelfond and they formed the company, Personal History Interviews.


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Parent Says Ousted Senn Principal Discouraged Her From Sending Special Needs Son To School

The principal of a Chicago public high school credited with a resurgence has resigned amid an investigation. WBBM’s Nancy Harty talked with a parent who says she experienced some of what allegedly led to the principal’s ouster.


American Legion Post 800 Commander Robert Davis calling on veterans to help stop violence in Chicago. (Credit: Mariam Sobh.)

South Side American Legion Post Calls On Veterans To Fight Chicago Violence

After shooting victims crashed into the headquarters of American Legion Post 800 on the city’s South Side on July 5, members of that post are calling on area veterans to join in a fight to end the city’s violence, reports WBBM’s Mariam Sobh.


Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Pfleger: City Council Hearing On Chiraq “Insulting”

Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina’s says a City Council meeting Monday discussing the merits of a movie titled Chiraq is “insulting,” reports WBBM’s Mariam Sobh.


The charity ride went from Area 4 Police Headquarters on the West Side to the Gold Star Families Memorial in the Museum Campus.  (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Hundreds Of Motorcyclists Take Part In Ride To Remember Fallen Officers

Hundreds of motorcycle riders came out Sunday morning for the 11th annual Ride to Remember honoring fallen Chicago police officers, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Bicycle (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Chicago Man Planning 1,100 Mile Bike Ride To Promote Fitness For Kids

27-year-old Tom Schneider runs T.R.U.E. Fit clinics all over Chicago, mostly on the West Side and one location in the North Shore at New Trier High School.


Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Cannabis Supporters Holding Conference At Navy Pier This Weekend

The second annual My Compassion Cannabis Conference is aimed at bringing together industry leaders and patients, including some who came to share their success with medical cannabis.


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12-Year-Old Elkhart, Ind. Girl Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Stepmother

A 12-year-old girl from Elkhart, Indiana is being held in juvenile detention accused of murdering her step-mother, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Sandra Bland (Source: Facebook)

Hundreds Of Mourners Say Goodbye To Sandra Bland

Hundreds of friends, family and strangers attended the wake and funeral today in Lisle for Sandra Bland, the former suburban woman involved in a controversial traffic stop in Texas who was later found dead in a jail cell, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


A police car drives by the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge. (CBS)

Area Theater Beefs Up Security Following Louisiana Shooting

Michael Moore, co-owner of Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge, says he wants to make sure his customers feel secure.


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After The Bell: Stocks Sell-Off On Global Growth Concerns

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 163, the S&P 500 dropped 22 and the NASDAQ shed 58 points, settling to 5,088.


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Giant Tooth Balloon Goes Rogue In Northwest Suburbs

Look, up in the sky! An area dentist is looking for a hot-air balloon shaped like a giant molar. It was last seen heading toward Wisconsin.


Earl Truss (Credit: Harvey Police)

Man Wanted For Fatal Harvey Shooting In Custody

A 20-year-old man dubbed “Harvey’s Most Wanted Criminal” was taken into custody Friday, charged with murder and attempted murder in a shooting that killed a teenager and wounded his mother.


Commercial tour boats, rented kayaks, and private pleasure craft cruise along the south branch of the Chicago River. (Credit: CBS)

Explosion Of Boats On Chicago River Has Tour Operator Stressing Safety

With the growing popularity of kayaking and other boat rentals on the Chicago river, the water is getting more crowded, aand at least one tour operator said the need for safety education is that much more important.


Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn joins leaders from the Illinois Toll Highway Aurhority and DuPage County on Friday day to announce the opening of three new ramps connecting I-290 to the new Illinois Route 390 as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

New Ramps For Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project Opening By Monday

“This is a historic day for the western suburbs of Chicago,” Illinois State Toll Highway Authority board chairman Bob Schillerstrom said from high atop a ramp stretching over Illinois Route 390 on Friday.


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Chicago Marks 100th Anniversary Of Its Deadliest Disaster, The Eastland Shipwreck

On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, a steamship preparing for an excursion to Michigan City, Indiana, capsized in the Chicago River near LaSalle Street, with about 2,500 people on board. More than 840 people were killed, including 22 families, when they became trapped after the ship toppled on its side.


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Judge Rules City’s 2014 Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional

The overhaul approved by lawmakers sought to eliminate a $9.4 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting benefits and increasing contributions. It would affect about 61,000 city employees and retirees.


At least two semitrailers and three cars were involved in a crash in a construction zone on Interstate 65 near Lafayette. Five people were killed. (Credit: CBS)

5 Killed In Chain-Reaction Crash On Interstate 65 Near Lafayette

Five people, including a truck driver from north suburban Lake Zurich, were killed overnight, when a tanker truck caused a chain reaction crash on Interstate 65 near Lafayette, Indiana.


Tre Winfrey was left paralyzed after he was shot in 2007. (Credit: Razoo.com)

Disabled Aurora Gunshot Victim Gets New Van

Tre Winfrey, 25, was the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting in 2007, and was left paralyzed.