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A tornado that hit LaSalle County Illinois. (Credit: Twitter)

Statewide Tornado Drill To Be Held Tuesday Morning

It might not seem like the ideal time of year for a tornado drill, but that’s exactly what state and local officials have planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday across Illinois.

03/03/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia says he would not block a presidential library from being built on park land. (CBS)

Garcia Reverses Course On Building Obama Library In A Park

Facing a steady stream of criticism from the Emanuel campaign for his stance on a potential Obama Presidential Library in Chicago, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia backed down from his opposition to building the facility on public park land.

03/03/2015

CBS 2 photojournalists Lou Kleinberg and Dino Pillizzi help a stranded motorist who slid off I-90 on Tuesday. (Credit: Marissa Bailey/CBS)

Snow, Sleet, Rain Make For Sloppy Roads On Tuesday

While temperatures will climb above freezing later on Tuesday, the rain will stick around for the afternoon commute.

03/03/2015

Drew Peterson (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Drew Peterson To Appear In Court Tuesday In Murder For Hire Plot

The former Bolingbrook cop convicted of killing one wife and suspected in the disappearance of another heads back to court Tuesday, reports CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli.

03/02/2015

The band Chicago AfroBeat had its musical instruments stolen recently. (CBS)

Chicago Band Searches For Stolen Instruments

Members of Chicago AfroBeat Project had a great gig. But when they returned to their trailer in the morning, they got a rude awakening. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports.

03/02/2015

The new bus stations will feature larger canopies and bus tracker screens. (Credit: CTA and CDOT)

Construction Of CTA’s Loop Link Bus Express Lanes To Start March 16

The Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority announced the start date for construction of a new Loop bus transit project Monday.

03/02/2015

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)

Poll: Garcia And Emanuel “Likely Even” In Mayoral Runoff

A new poll shows, with five weeks until the election, the race for mayor essentially is a dead heat.

03/02/2015

Camela Ruiz Estrada

Man Delivers Baby After Pulling Off Eisenhower Expressway

Maria Estrada went into labor Monday morning, and her husband, Javier Sanchez was driving her to the hospital when she told him she couldn’t wait. Sanhez pulled off the Eisenhower at the Austin exit, and their baby was born moments later.

03/02/2015

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson discusses his $1 million donation to his own campaign fund. (Credit: WBBM/Craig Dellimore)

Wilson: I’ll Vote For Garcia But May Endorse Emanuel

It’s a somewhat confusing stance from a man whose support would be welcomed by either Chicago mayoral candidate. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

03/01/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (Credit: CBS)

Competing Endorsements Roll In For Emanuel, Garcia

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes of the Chicago mayoral race.

02/27/2015

Someone You Should Know (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Jacqueline Hayes, Founder Of Chicago Help Initiative

The organization she started provides blood pressure checks, along with mental health services, employment and literacy support, among other services. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

02/27/2015

Designer Michelle Bastock discusses the debate over the colors of the dress she created. (CBS)

Black And Blue? Gold And White? ‘The Dress’ Riddle Explained

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has the science behind this optical illusion.

02/27/2015

A South Chicago resident's car is stuck in ice. (CBS/Roseanne Tellez)

City Crews Get Icy Reception After Water Leak Freezes Block

Residents of an ice-encased block in a South Side neighborhood say their calls to the city went unanswered until CBS 2 began making inquiries.

02/27/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner: Government Union Donations To Elected Officials ‘Should Be Illegal’

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a close friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has suggested mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s relationship with the Chicago Teachers Union ought to be against the law. The governor wasn’t exactly singling out Garcia.

02/27/2015

A color-coded map from the National Park Service illustrates the noisiest parts of the U.S. in orange and yellow, and the quietest parts in shades of blue. (Credit: National Park Service)

National Park Service Map Shows Just How Loud Chicago Really Is

If you’ve ever been in the United Center after the Blackhawks Score a goal, or stuck in traffic, stood under the Loop ‘L’ tracks during rush hour, or walked Kuma’s Corner, you know Chicago can be a very noisy place.

02/27/2015

The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations in Byron, Illinois. (Photo credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Watchdog Group Raises ‘Serious Concerns’ About Plan To Help ComEd

Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow ComEd to charge customers about $2 more per month to cover the costs of its nuclear power plants, drawing criticism from a utility watchdog group that says ComEd’s parent company already makes plenty of profit.

02/27/2015

A City of Chicago snow plow pushes the slush off the road. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

What’s Coming First Day Of Meteorological Spring? More Snow

This month already was the third snowiest February on record in Chicago, and March will get an early jump on the snow, with a winter storm blanketing the area in up to 6 inches of snow on Sunday, March 1.

02/27/2015

Kirk Waishwell (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Prosecutors File Felony Charges In Window-Smashing Incident At Suburban School

Criminal charges have been upgraded against a 38-year-old man who allegedly used a metal pipe to smash the windows of more than a dozen cars in a school parking lot near his parents’ home earlier this month.

02/27/2015

Railroad Crossing

Woman, 19, Killed After Crashing Into Metra Train

Police are blaming the road conditions for an accident Wednesday evening that killed a 19-year-old Woodstock woman who drove into a Metra train.

02/27/2015

Temperatures Drop Near Zero Degrees In Chicago

Frigid Temperatures Follow On Heels Of Thursday’s Heavy Snow

After the snowstorm ended, temperatures dropped nearly 20 degrees in 12 hours. As of shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, it was 18 degrees at O’Hare. By 3 a.m. Friday, the temperature had edged to zero. As of 6 a.m., it was 1 below.

02/27/2015