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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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How To Protect Your Web Cameras From Hackers

Internet security cameras are amazing technology, but if your webcam isn’t properly setup, you may not be the only person in the world watching.

12/16/2014

Chicago Police Capt. Edward Kulbida (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police Captain Wounded In Standoff Returns To Work

Chicago Police captain returned to work two months after being shot in a violent standoff two months ago that also left another officer injured.

12/16/2014

The Rialto Theatre in Joliet. (Credit:CBS)

Joliet Residents Trying To Block New Digital Marquee At Rialto Theatre

It is one of America’s classic theatres admired for its beauty and history. But soon, a big change is coming to the Rialto Theatre in Joliet. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports lots of people there are trying to stop it.

12/16/2014

Demario Bailey. (Credit: johnson College Prep)

Three More Teens In Court For Murder Of 15-Year-Old

Deafro Brakes, 17, Tarik Brakes, 16 and Isiah Penn, 17 were each charged with two counts of murder and two counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm. Tuesday afternoon, a judge ordered Deafro and Tarik Brakes held without bail, and set Penn’s bond at $2 million.

12/16/2014

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

Rival Wants Jackie Robinson West Stripped Of Title, Claiming Team Recruited Ringers

A rival Little League team wants the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars stripped of their national title, claiming the team blatantly violated residency rules to recruit “ringers” who don’t live within the team’s established boundaries.

12/16/2014

An empty room at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park. (CBS)

Hundreds Of Students Sick With Flu In Oak Park School District

A total of 563 students missed school Monday in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 – or nearly 10 percent of the district’s entire school body – most of them with flu-like symptoms.

12/15/2014

John and Heather Lebda's fundraising page (GoFundMe)

‘Crowdfunding’ An Easier Way For Some To Ask For Money

CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey has more on how the trend is working well for some local people and how it’s easier than just asking outright for a handout.

12/15/2014