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Health Officials Establish Mumps Vaccination Clinic At U Of I

The first week of school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign included a crash course in vaccinations, as health officials struggle to contain a growing mumps outbreak.

08/26/2015

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

Commissioner Wants Medical Examiner To Stop Identifying Latinos As Black Or White

A Cook County commissioner has asked the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office for a Latino designation when identifying the race of those who die in the county.

08/26/2015

A car left the road and crashed into a tree, then burst into flames, along Rollins Road, just east of Lake Shore Drive in north suburban Ingleside. (Credit: CapturedNews)

Three Killed In Fiery Ingleside Crash

Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Christopher Covelli said a Kia Optima struck a tree and burst into flames just east of the intersection of Rollins Road and Lake Shore Drive in Ingleside shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

08/26/2015

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CTA Getting $750K From Feds To Train Bus Mechanics

The CTA initiative will be a part of the agency’s successful Second Chance Program, which trains non-violent ex-offenders, victims of abuse, and others who face barriers to employment.

08/26/2015

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Rising Traffic Times A Sign Of Growing Economy

The latest annual study finds traffic has recovered completely since the economy tanked in 2008, and five of the 20 most congested roads in the U.S. are in the Chicago area.

08/26/2015

Firefighters battled a blaze early Wednesday at a home in the 4100 block of West Maypole Avenue. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Police Investigate West Garfield Park Fire As Arson

Firefighters responded to the blaze around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday at a two-flat in the 4100 block of West Maypole Avenue.

08/26/2015

The three names join 571 other names already etched in the granite wall on the west side of the park.
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Names Of Three Fallen Officers Added To Gold Star Police Memorial

Family and friends of three fallen officers were on hand at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park to unveil the newest names to the wall of honor.

08/25/2015

Chicago Public Schools Logo

Current, Former CPS Officials Dismiss Talk Of Possible Bankruptcy

Past and present Chicago Public School officials agree talk of possible bankruptcy is way off-base, and the state needs to take a more concrete role in easing the system’s pension crisis, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/25/2015

A greater mouse-eared bat is pictured on January 14, 2011 in the cellar vault of the Old Brewery in Frankfurt an der Oder, eastern Germany. Every year in January, conservationists step down in the protected cellar vault to count bats wintering there. The number of bats of 12 different species has risen to 1,800, compared to only 150 in the year 1987. AFP PHOTO PATRICK PLEUL GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rising Number Of Bat Rabies Cases Concerning For Head Of Will County Animal Control

The head of animal control in Will County says he is concerned about the rising number of rabid bats found in homes this summer.

08/25/2015

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“Remind” App Helps Teachers Keep Students Posted About Homework And Tests

A smartphone app has been touted as a great communications tool for teachers, and could get a lot more use now that schools are getting back in session.

08/25/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

“Rocket Docket” Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In Jail

The new law creates a special court, dubbed the “rocket docket,” for non-violent inmates charged with minor retail theft, or trespassing; many of whom now have to wait behind bars for months, because they cannot afford even a low bail.

08/25/2015

Dyett High School. (Credit: CBS)

Dyett Parents’ Hunger Strike Enters Day 9

A group of South Side parents and activists have begun their ninth day of a hunger strike, as they demand the Chicago Board of Education accept their plan to turn Dyett High School into a global leadership and green technology academy.

08/25/2015

Whiting Refinery

Broken BP Refinery Unit Reopens, Falling Gas Prices Should Drop Even More

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, said Chicago area drivers can expect to see prices fall by up to 50 cents in the next couple weeks, after BP confirmed it has reopened the crude distillation unit that went offline on Aug. 8.

08/25/2015

A Mariano's sign. (CBS)

Protesters Want Mariano’s To Ban Guns At Suburban Stores

A group of suburban residents were planning a protest Tuesday morning at the grand opening of a new Mariano’s grocery store, over the company’s policy allowing customers to carry concealed weapons.

08/25/2015

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Mayor To Hold Town Hall Meetings To Get Budget Ideas From The Public

The mayor said he, his finance team, and cabinet members will attend the meetings on Monday, Aug. 31, Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3. Emanuel said he’ll spell out the choices the city must make in these challenging, pension debt-driven times; and he wants to hear residents’ thoughts on coping with the crises.

08/25/2015

A Pontiac Bonneville struck at least two other vehicles after fleeing a traffic stop in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. One man died, and five people were injured. (Credit: CapturedNews)

1 Killed, 5 Injured In Crash After South Side Police Chase

Police said officers pulled over a Pontiac Bonneville for a routine traffic stop around 7:30 p.m. in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue. The 26-year-old man behind the wheel allegedly sped away after the officers got out of their squad car.

08/25/2015

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24:  A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 24, 2015 in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading and closed down 588 points.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After The Bell: Selloff Continues On Wall Street

The S&P 500 closed down 78; the Nasdaq dropped 180, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 588 points, settling to 15,871.

08/24/2015

A clerk at Kwick Shop Liquor in Wauconda shot and killed an armed robber on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Charges Unlikely For Store Clerk Who Killed Armed Robber

The family that runs Kwick Shop Liquor has owned the convenience store for 2 ½ years, and said there has never been a robbery attempt before.

08/24/2015

U.S. Rep. Bob Dold speaks with Youth Conservation Corps participants in Waukegan, Illinois. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Dold Pushing Measure To Help Get Jobs For Welfare Recipients

U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) said bipartisan legislation he has sponsored would commit $100 million in federal funding to states to subsidize the wages of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients, through programs like YCC.

08/24/2015

A  "Horses of Honor" sculpture in memory of Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV is being sold at auction on EBay. (Credit: horsesofhonor.com)

Police Memorial Foundation Auctioning Off 14 “Horses Off Honor”

Fourteen of the painted fiberglass horses you might have seen on the streets of Chicago this summer have been put up for auction on eBay this week, to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

08/24/2015