John Cody

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Demonstrators: Send U.S. Troops To Fight ISIS, Help Assyrian Christians

Margaret Khamoo, president of the Assyrian American Aid Society, says there’s no sign that ISIS is being bothered much by allied air strikes.



Shoreline River Tours Signal Return Of Spring

It must be spring. The city’s tour boats are back along the Chicago River and Navy Pier.


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School Raising Money For Janitor Back To Work A Day After Fire Burned Home

A far west suburban school district has turned to social media for a much loved custodian, who showed up at work as usual the day after a fire burned up everything in his home in Aurora.


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Art Institute Ahead Of The Curve With Selfie Stick Ban

Chicago’s Art Institute was way ahead of the curve on the stick issue, though officials there swear they love selfies.


Grass is turning brown all over the Chicago area because of this summer's drought. (CBS)

Garden Expert: Leave That Lawn Alone…For Now

A garden specialist is warning Chicago area residents, “If you love your lawn, let it be,” reports WBBM’s John Cody.


April Chernoby. (Credit: West Michigan Speedskating Club)

Watch: Ice Skater Glides Along “Smooth As Glass” Lake Michigan

Remember last week’s endless chill? Well it made conditions just right for April Chernoby and a few fellow skaters from the West Michigan Speedskating Club on the world’s largest ice skating rink: Lake Michigan.


NIU Campus

NIU Teaming Up With Elgin Community College

Northern Illinois University has inked an agreement with Elgin Community College, allowing NIU to provide a double degree or a safety net for community college transfer students.


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Aurora Naturalists Setting Up Birdhouses For Dwindling Bluebird Population

Fox Valley Park District spokesman Jeff Long said they are looking for monitors for some 30 to 40 bluebird boxes, or birdhouses.


Park Ridge Mayor David Schmidt (Credit: City of Park RIdge)

Park Ridge Mayor David Schmidt Dies Of Sudden Illness

Park Ridge Mayor David Schmidt was first elected in 2009, and was re-elected in 2013. Park Ridge village manager Shawn Hamilton said Schmidt was stricken suddenly at home Wednesday night, and taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where he died.


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Preservation Group Puts Neon Signs On Annual List Of Chicago’s 7 Most Endangered Buildings

Neon signs are among the city’s most endangered architectural features worth saving in the annual list issued by Preservation Chicago, reports WBBM’s John Cody.



Conservative Watchdog Group Says 14 Lake County Retirees Collecting $200K+ Pensions

Taxpayers United says over 14 Lake County retirees are collecting pensions over $200,000 as the tax watch it continues combing through Illinois county retirement records for potential tax savings, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


John Dillinger Mug Shot. (FBI Photo)

John Dillinger Museum In Indiana Opens For Preview

March 3 marks 81 years since the still famous or infamous John Dillinger fled from the Crown Point Indiana jail using a carved wooden pistol.


The snow print shows mouse tracks coming to an abrupt end. (Credit: Red Oak Nature Center)

Snow Print Suggests An Abrupt End For One Critter In The Talons Of A Bird Of Prey

A very subtle sign of spring is seen in a west suburban snow print, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford (Credit: CBS)

State Rep. Ford Calls On Gov. Rauner To Fund Child Care Assistance Program

State Representative La Shawn Ford joined preschoolers and their teachers, demanding immediate funding of early child care throughout the Illinois, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


Satellite image of ice coverage on the Great Lakes on Feb. 22, 2015, when the lakes were 84 percent covered in ice. (Credit: NOAA)

Great Lakes More Ice-Covered Than Last February

For the second consecutive winter, the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice, due to the frigid weather.


Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (CBS)

Lawmakers’ School Shootings Task Force Has First Meeting

State lawmakers have begun a new effort to figure out strategies for heading off school shootings, like the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, when a gunman killed 20 students and 6 staff.


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Timber Wolf Found Dead Along Road Near Morris, Ill.

Last year, Illinois had a wandering black bear and this year, a wandering wolf, which wasn’t as lucky on his Prairie State tour.


Voters work on their ballots at their polling place in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Early Voting Ends Saturday; Officials Remind Voters No Do-Overs

Chicago election officials were urging voters to get it right the first time if they take advantage of early voting in the upcoming city elections, because there are no do-overs.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel Opposes Rauner’s Proposed Cuts To Child Day Care

Mayor Rahm Emanuel questions Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget decisions which affect children, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Metra: Cold Shouldn’t Have Significant Impact On Thursday Morning Rush

Metra officials said commuters can expect a good rush hour Thursday morning, despite subzero temperatures and wind chills as low as 30 below zero. Chief Operations Officer Pete Zwolfer said snow presents more of a problem than cold, although the arctic temperatures might slow things down a bit.