Seen on CBS 2

People's Music School (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: People’s Music School

You rarely get something for free. But in one Chicago community, volunteers and supporters are giving young children the valuable lesson of music at no cost. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

23 mins ago

Christina Santiago (Facebook)

Widow Of Chicago Woman Gets Share Of $50M Settlement In Indiana Stage Collapse

The settlement is historic—not because of the size of the award but because of who’s receiving it, CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports.

28 mins ago

It's been 50 years since Mai Martinez's father left Cuba as an 11-year-old boy. As a special Father's Day gift, she took him back. These are some of the images from that trip. (Credit: Mai Martinez)

Cuba Travel Restrictions Won’t Disappear Immediately

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at what you need to know before you go.

1 hour ago

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans (left) will swear in Jerry Stermer (right) as Illinois State Comptroller, succeeding the late Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer has been serving as Gov. Pat Quinn's chief of staff. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Appoints Top Aide Jerry Stermer As Topinka Successor

Gov. Pat Quinn has tapped his budget director, Jerry Stermer, as temporary successor to the late Judy Baar Topinka as state comptroller.

5 hours ago

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (background, in red) helps distribute some of the 15,000 turkeys and hams he is giving away to the needy this Christmas season. (Credit: CBS)

For 50th Year, Jesse White Gives Out Turkey, Ham To Needy For Christmas

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was spreading some good cheer to thousands of senior citizens and other needy people around the city on Friday.

6 hours ago

This surveillance image shows burglars cleaning out a cell phone store in the Old Irving neighborhood. (Boost Mobile)

WATCH: Thieves Load Up On Smart Phones

The Boost Mobile store, in the 4000 block of West Montrose, has been victimized twice by classic dead-of-night heist artists, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

20 hours ago

Consumer Reports rated these Costco-brand batteries highly. (CBS)

Experts: How Name-Brand And Store-Brand Batteries Stack Up

CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez has tips that could save you a bundle this holiday.

20 hours ago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Emerges To Take Reporters’ Questions

Rahm Emanuel, facing multiple opponents in the next mayoral election, hasn’t had an “availability” with the media for several days, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

12/18/2014

(Dan Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Grocery Store Gives Ailing Woman Early Christmas Gift

(CBS) – A 68-year-old Chicago woman says her neighborhood grocery store helped her out in a big way this past weekend by surprising her—and paying for everything in her shopping cart—and now she says she […]

12/18/2014

Online Generic Image

Security Experts: Welcome To The New World Of Cyber Terror

(CBS) – “Destructive activity with malicious intent.” That is how the White House is describing the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The FBI is moving closer to officially blaming North Korea for the attack. As […]

12/18/2014

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Quinn Calling For Special Session To Set Up Special Election For Topinka’s Seat

Gov. Pat Quinn was moving to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month to vote on legislation to set up a special election in 2016 for the Illinois State Comptroller’s office.

12/18/2014

Artistic rendering of the 88-story Wanda Vista skyscraper planned for the Lakeshore East neighborhood. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Chinese Developer Plans 88-Story Skyscraper In Lakeshore East

City officials have unveiled a Chinese developer’s plans for an 88-story hotel and condo skyscraper, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang,

12/18/2014

90 Miles Cuban Café owner Alberto Gonzalez Jr.  (Credit: CBS)

Change In U.S.-Cuba Relationship Stirs Debate Among Local Cuban Americans

After President Obama announced a normalization of the United States’ relationship with Cuba, Cuban Americans CBS 2 spoke with are showing optimism about this historic change.

12/17/2014

Donatello Herrera. (Family-provided photo)

Police Searching For Gunman Who Killed Father Of Three Near Bus Stop

Chicago Police are looking for the killer of a 35-year-old father of three who was gunned down early Wednesday morning at a CTA bus stop, right after he left work.

12/17/2014

Shirley Bennett outside the shack she lives in with her son. (Credit: CBS)

Family Reunites Following Story Of Mother, Son Living In Shack Near Jail

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards has the follow up that’ll warm your heart.

12/17/2014

President Barack Obama speaks to the nation about normalizing diplomatic relations the Cuba in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014.  (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

Durbin: Normalizing Relations With Cuba Long Overdue

The top Illinois Democrat in Congress applauded President Barack Obama’s plan to begin normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, and end 50 years of isolation. “After 55 years of embargo and exclusion to put an end to the Castros and communism, they’re still there. We should try a new approach,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

12/17/2014

Mr. February in the 2015 Chicago Taxi Driver Calendar. (Credit: taxicalendar.com)

Cabbies Publish Another Racy Calendar To Fund Fight With City

Chicago cab drivers have graced the pages of a pinup calendar for 2015, as part of a legal battle with the city in federal court.

12/17/2014

One of seven new tow plows being used by the Indiana Department of Transportation to clear snow from two lanes of highway with one truck. (Credit: INDOT)

Indiana Deploying New Tow Plows To Clear Roads Faster

Lots of drivers in northwest Indiana might be doing double-takes this winter, when they pass the latest piece of snow-fighting equipment on the highway.

12/17/2014

(Credit: CBS)

Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: “Judy Had No Rival”

The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.

12/17/2014

Shirley Bennett outside the shack she lives in with her son. (Credit: CBS)

Mother, Son Living In Shack Near Jail Plead For Help

It’s often the search for one story that leads to another. That’s the case for CBS 2’s Brad Edwards. While investigating one issue, he happened upon an Original Report of desperate need this holiday.

12/16/2014