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Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

Plans To Close Petcoke Facilities Welcome News To South Deering Neighbors

Bowing to pressure from the Emanuel administration, community activists and environmental groups, one of the two remaining storage...

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June’s Record Rainfall Creating Bumper Crop Of Mosquitos

This month has been the wettest June on record in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, and Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement DistrictBiologist Paul Geery said all the rain has created a bumper crop of floodwater mosquitos, which will be bad through the holiday weekend.

People celebrate in front of the US Supreme Court after ruling was announced on the Affordable Care Act. June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled that the Affordabvle Care Act may provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Ruling Allows Illinoisans To Keep Obamacare Subsidies

More than 230,000 Illinois residents could have lost the tax credits that help them pay for coverage if the court had ruled the other way. In Illinois, the average monthly subsidy is $211. Without tax credits, consumers would have seen their premiums increase, on average, by 169 percent.

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Parents Who Lost Son To Drowning Helping Teach Other Kids Pool Safety

The program is a partnership with Connecticut-based ZAC Foundation, an organization Karen and Brian Cohn started after the death of their 6-year-old son Zachary, who became trapped underwater when his arm got stuck in a pool drain.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15:  People receive a free meningitis vaccine from  Dr. Wayne Chen at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation pharmacy on April 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation started free meningitis vaccines after a West Hollywood man died from the disease.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Meningitis Fears Intensify As Pride Fest Gets Underway

The current outbreak involves a dangerous bacterial infection known as invasive meningococcal disease. While it has so far affected mostly African Americans, all men who are intimate with other men are urged to get vaccinated.

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City Offers Vaccine As Number Of Meningitis Cases Grows

The Chicago health department now says a meningitis outbreak is growing, and the city is expanding its recommendations for who should be vaccinated.

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Shop With Reusable Bags? Researchers Have Your Number

A Harvard study came up with some interesting conclusions about what shoppers may be more likely to buy when they’re saving the environment. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

Jeni's Ice Cream at a Chicago grocery outlet. (CBS)

Jeni’s Shutters Ice Cream Shops Again After Listeria Is Detected

There is no timetable for resuming production, Lowe said. Jeni’s is temporarily closing its 21 retail shops because there isn’t enough ice cream to keep them stocked.

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IU Scientist Looking For Better Way To Kill Mosquitos

Inside a lab at IU School of Medicine, Dr. Molly Duman-Scheel has been killing mosquitoes by the thousands.

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Housecalls And Virtual Doctor’s Visits: Two New Medical Trends

There are new ways to see the doctor without ever leaving home. CBS 2’s Erin Kennedy reports.

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Tamiflu Shortage Again

The liquid form of the flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply.

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DASH Diet Ranked Best Overall — Once Again

The new annual ‘‘best diets” list is out from U.S. News & World Report.

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What ‘Brain-Dead’ Means

What does it mean when doctors say a person is brain-dead?