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Gas Leak Forces Evacuation Of Homes In South Shore

The leak happened just before 11 p.m. near 80th Street and Crandon Avenue. A 20- to 24-inch underground main was leaking, filling the air with the smell of gas, and creating some tense moments as neighbors were told to evacuate their homes.

03/26/2015

Edward Hartgraves (Credit: Huntley Police)

Man Charged With Beating Wife To Death

Charges have been upgraded to murder against a 64-year-old man whose wife died three days after a beating in their home in northwest suburban Huntley.

03/26/2015

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. gives a thumbs up after leaving federal prison on Thursday. (Credit: CBS)

Former Congressman Jackson Arrives At Halfway House

Jackson left the Montgomery Federal Prison Camp on Maxwell Air Force Base through a back gate, avoiding the media. He arrived hours later in Baltimore.

03/26/2015

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Alderman Moreno Finds Safe Home For Chickens Dropped Off At His Office

First Ward Alderman Joe Moreno took to Twitter Wednesday after someone dropped some loose chickens off at his office.

03/25/2015

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IG Concerned By Potential Conflict Of Interest On Cook County Board Of Review

Cook County’s Inspector General is raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest involving the panel that reviews property tax appeals, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/25/2015

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Glen Ellyn To Hold Meeting On Proposed Fire Alarm Requirement For Downtown Buildings

The village of Glen Ellyn holds an informational meeting Thursday night to talk about a proposed requirement for all the buildings in its downtown business district, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

03/25/2015

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ricketts Silent On Rooftop Owners’ Opposition At City Club Luncheon

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts was mum on the rooftop owners’ efforts to stop a 2,200-square-foot video board in right field.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2015

Chicago police officers Mike Lawrence and Sergio Valdez performed CPR on a man who collapsed on the Magnificent Mile. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Bike Cops Save Tourist Who Collapsed On Michigan Avenue

Officers Michael Lawrence and Sergio Valdez, with the Central District bicycle unit, were flagged down around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, by witnesses who led them to a man lying in the middle of Michigan Avenue. “He was not breathing. He was pale. He had no pulse. He looked like he might have been gone,” Lawrence said.

03/25/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel Touts Expansion Of Small Business Program

Two weeks before the election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced $5 million in new funding has become available to help small businesses in Chicago.

03/25/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joins protesters demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees and contract workers. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Garcia, Teachers Call For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage At CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union has stepped up the fight to increase the minimum wage in Chicago, demanding better pay for non-union workers at the Chicago Public Schools, and mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has joined their effort.

03/25/2015

David Letterman and Todd The Intern stand with a rocking chair made by high school students in Kankakee as a retirement gift for the Late Show host, after tearing down one of the gag gift gazebos Letterman sent the city in 1999. (Credit: CBS)

Kankakee Sends Back Letterman’s Gag Gift As Retirement Present

Things came full circle Tuesday night for David Letterman and the good people of Kankakee, as the city turned a gag gift from 16 years ago into a retirement gift for the Late Show host.

03/25/2015

Photo credit: Billy Dec

Billy Dec Plans Movie About Birth Of House Music

Chicago is known as the home of the blues. It’s less well known as the birthplace of another kind of music. A proposed movie aims to tell the story of house music.

03/25/2015

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Other Passengers, Not Phones, The Biggest Distraction In Crashes For Teen Drivers

A new study has found distracted driving is to blame for nearly 60 percent of traffic accidents involving teenagers.

03/25/2015

(Photo Illustration by Oli Scarff/Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Heinz Buying Kraft In Deal To Create $28 Billion Food Giant

H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Northfield-based Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue in excess of $28 billion.

03/25/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia discusses crime in Chicago, saying the city's children have been failed by adults. (Credit: CBS)

Garcia Back In Chicago After Fundraising Trip To NYC, D.C.

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was back in Chicago on Tuesday, following a two-day trip to the East Coast in search of campaign donations, volunteers, and Election Day help.

03/25/2015

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Early Voting Off To Strong Start For Mayoral Runoff Election

For the second consecutive day Tuesday, Chicago election board officials said the early voting turnout was a record.

03/24/2015

An Edwardian Satinwood Pedestal Desk. (Credit: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers)

Catalogue For Oprah Winfrey Property Auction Released

We’re now getting a look at everything that Oprah plans to sell at auction next month, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

03/24/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a senior center in the West Pullman neighborhood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Anti-Rahm Community Activists Demonstrate In Loop

Community activists, parents elected officials and others gathered in the Loop to voice a litany of complaints about Mayor Emanuel, and lay out their agenda for changing the city’s direction, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/24/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel Turns To Ministers To Marshal African-American Support

With just two weeks to go until the runoff election, Mayor Emanuel is pushing hard to marshal African-American clergy to turn out a big vote for him, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/24/2015

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Attorney General Sues Head Of Violence Prevention Charity

The Illinois Attorney General is suing a Chicago area man who has been the leader of a violence prevention charity and the lawsuit claims he only spent 7 percent of the assets on violence prevention.

03/24/2015