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Kirk: Passports Enable Homegrown Terrorist To Travel Freely

Douglas McCain, the Chicago-born ISIS fighter killed in Syria, apparently wasn’t alone.

08/27/2014

The Jackie Robinson West players got to enjoy some games and pizza at their home park after the rally. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

JRW Players, Parents Ready To Resume Normal Lives

After the big rally in Millennium Park, the Jackie Robinson West players headed back to their home park for a party featuring pizza and bouncy houses.

08/27/2014

Protesters holding signs of people shot and killed by police called for U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to launch a federal investigation into police shootings nationwide. (Credit: Facebook)

Protesters Demand Federal Investigation Into Police Shootings

Protesters gathered outside the Dirksen Federal Building on Wednesday, saying the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and statistics regarding fatal police-involved shootings in the Chicago area show it’s time for a sweeping federal investigation into police conduct.

08/27/2014

Jackie Robinson West coach Darold Butler addresses the crowd at Millennium Park, at a rally to celebrate the team's national title in the Little League World Series. (Credit: CBS)

Jackie Robinson West Players To Chicago: “Thank You, We Love You”

The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was the toast of the town on Wednesday, as thousands of fans lined South Side streets and packed into Millennium Park to salute the national championship players and coaches who were the darlings of the Little League World Series.

08/27/2014

Jackie Robinson West players and coaches hold the 2005 White Sox World Series trophy while visiting U.S. Cellular Field during the parade celebrating their Little League World Series national title. (Credit: CBS)

JRW Players Hoist World Series Trophy; Also Get Trip To Disney World

Jackie Robinson West players got a couple nice surprises on Wednesday as the city saluted the Little League World Series national champions.

08/27/2014

Artistic rendering of a proposed 430-megawatt natural gas power plant in Oakwood Hills, Illinois. (Credit: oakwoodhillsenergycenter.com)

Closed Over Power Plant Fight, Oakwood Hills Village Hall To Reopen Next Week

The village hall in a small McHenry County community was slated to reopen next Tuesday, after it has been closed for weeks because of alleged threats tied to plans for a natural gas power plant.

08/27/2014

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, from Chicago, celebrate following their 7-5 win over the Little League from Las Vegas, Nevada, during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Chicago Going All Out To Honor Jackie Robinson West

On Wednesday, the national champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars will be the toast of the town, as the city hosts two rallies and a parade through the South Side to celebrate the team’s success in the Little League World Series.

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Members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League U.S. championship team arrive at Midway Airport to wild acclaim Monday. (CBS)

Chicago Ready For Jackie Robinson West Parade

The festivities celebrating Jackie Robinson West will begin at their home park Wednesday morning, followed by a parade to Millennium Park, where Mayor Emanuel will be on hand with, possibly, thousands of the team’s new fans.

08/26/2014

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Lightning Strikes Spark New Lenox Fires

The southwest suburbs weren’t spared from Tuesday’s stormy weather.
Multiple hits in one town kept the fire department busy, reports CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

08/26/2014

The Jackie Robinson West All Stars at the Little League World Series (CBS)

JRW Success Tribute To Hard Work, Sacrifice By Both Players And Parents

For 10 days they captured the hearts of Chicago and the nation. On Wednesday, the city will reward the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars for their hard work with two big rallies and a parade.

08/26/2014

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Students Reminded About First Day Of School Next Week

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes us to Pilsen, where the push involves the entire community and a little help from nearby college students.

08/26/2014

Ald. James Balcer, 11th Ward. (Credit: 11thward.com)

Balcer Denies Stepping Down To Clear Path For Daley Nephew: “I Was Not Forced Out”

Ald. James Balcer (11th) on Tuesday vehemently denied he was being forced out of his seat on the City Council to make way for a third generation of the Daley family, blaming an ongoing struggle with vertigo and post-traumatic stress disorder.

08/26/2014

Lincolnwood firefighters use foam to douse flames after two U.S. Postal Service vans caught fire in Lincolnwood on Aug. 25, 2014 (Credit: Scott Lasker/Network Video Productions)

Officials Conducting Arson Investigation After Post Office Vans Burned

Federal authorities were reviewing surveillance camera footage as part of an arson investigation, after to U.S. Postal Service vans were set ablaze Monday night.

08/26/2014

This massive sinkhole in Letitia and Frank Casto's back yard was only a few feet wide before heavy storms this past weekend, when heavy rain washed away so much soil, six trees collapsed into the 40-foot by 30-foot hole, which now is 30 feet deep. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS)

Massive Sinkhole Swallows Six Trees In Indiana Family’s Yard

A northwest Indiana couple finally convinced authorities to listen to their complaints about a sinkhole in their back yard, after it opened up over the weekend into a massive crater that swallowed six trees.

08/26/2014

Fans flocked to Dick's Sporting Goods in the South Loop to buy the 7,000 limited edition T-shirts celebrating the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who won the U.S. national title in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Hundreds Swarm South Loop Store For Jackie Robinson West T-Shirts

Dick’s Sporting Goods made 7,000 bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with “National Champions 2014 Jackie Robinson West” to celebrate the Little League team’s national title in the Little League World Series.

08/26/2014

Rich Schmelzer (Credit: Denton County Jail)

Texas Man Charged With Killing Grandmother In East Dundee

Rich Schmelzer, 41, was arrested by federal marshals Monday afternoon at his home in Frisco, Texas. According to Kane County prosecutors, Schmelzer traveled to East Dundee last month and fatally stabbed his 85-year-old grandmother, Mildred “Dodie” Darrington, on July 18.

08/26/2014

Four people were shot Monday night in the 6700 block of South Stony Island. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Four Shot Outside South Shore Strip Mall

The victims – a man, two women, and a teenage girl – were standing outside a Pizza Hut in the 6700 block of South Stony Island Avenue around 10:40 p.m., when a small white car circled around them, and someone in the car opened fire.

08/26/2014

Harvey police officer Darnell Keel (Supplied Photo)

City Of Harvey Honors Officer Wounded In Standoff

Harvey police officer Darnell Keel was one of two officers shot in last week’s hostage situation in the south suburbs. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

08/25/2014

11 Ward Ald. James Balcer (City of Chicago)

Ald. Balcer To Retire; Daley Relative In Line For Council Seat?

James Balcer tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that he’s stepping down to pursue treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from his military service in Vietnam.

08/25/2014

quinn Rauner

Christie Back In Illinois To Stump For Rauner; Biden In Town For Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner both were getting some help from political heavyweights on the campaign trail on Monday, hoping for a boost in the race for governor.

08/25/2014