John Cody

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UP West Metra Train

RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard Scrutinizes Metra Conductor Salaries

The head of the Chicago’s areas umbrella transit agency recommends Metra follow up reports that many of its locomotive engineers conductors bring home over $100,000 a year, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

11/12/2014

The CTA's new Ventra card. (CBS)

CTA Cracking Down On Misuse Of Reduced Fare Transit Cards

CTA president Forrest Claypool says misuse of reduced and free transit cards is both immoral and costly to the agency so he’s cracking down on the $3 million annual scam.

11/12/2014

Anti-war activists and veterans at the Vietnam Memorial near the Chicago River (Credit: John Cody

Anti-War Activists, Veterans Call For Less Focus On Military For Veterans Day

Some 50 veterans and anti-war activists joined to honor the military in their own way, calling for more help for veterans and less focus on the military, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

11/11/2014

Crews have been working to pump water out of a large construction barge that sank in the Chicago River last month. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM)

Sunken Barge Raised, Move Down River

That 200 foot barge which sank in the Chicago River in mid-October has now been moved from its resting place between Randolph and Lake Street, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

11/10/2014

Crews have been working to pump water out of a large construction barge that sank in the Chicago River last month. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM)

Crews Have Nearly Raised Sunken Barge From Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard has made some progress raising a barge that sunk in the Chicago River last month, but it’s unclear when it finally will be floating and moving again.

11/07/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Expects Major Changes With Republican Control Of Senate

Senator Mark Kirk says some major changes are now coming with the Republican legislative sweep in the fields of oil, health and immigration, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

11/05/2014

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Voting Glitch Proves Costly For Chicago Woman

A voting glitch proved costly for a Chicago woman who followed her grandparents’ instructions never to miss an election, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

11/04/2014

Ballots

Chicago, Cook County Set Records For Early Voting

“Overall, for us in suburban Cook, 169,000-plus have already voted,” Cook County Clerk David Orr said. “That’s a 53 percent increase over 2010.”

11/03/2014

Autumn Leaves

Expert Recommends Mulching Falling Leaves To Give Plants Nutrients

The nostalgic odor of burning leaves is but a memory in Chicago and many other cities throughout Illinois, leaving behind the problem: What to do with the leaves?

10/27/2014

City Hall

Demonstrators Thank Mayor For New CHA Policy To Give Ex-Offenders Access To Public Housing

Demonstrators in Chicago Coalition for the Homeless yellow t-shirts flooded the mayor’s fifth floor lobby cheering new CHA procedures that now let ex-offenders apply for public housing.

10/27/2014

(Photo credit: EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images)

Partial Solar Eclipse To Grace Chicago Skies Today

The eclipse starts around 4:30 p.m., and peaks around 5:45 p.m. – just before sunset – when the moon will block out roughly half of the sun.

10/23/2014

Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Archbishop Cupich Choosing To Live In Holy Name Rectory, Not Cardinal’s Mansion

In a break with tradition, Archbishop Blase Cupich announced he will not be moving into the Cardinal’s residence and instead will live in the Holy Name Cathedral rectory.

10/22/2014

Members of the Chicago Light Brigade protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters, claiming the district took five years to begin cleaning up lead-based paint contamination at Gale Elementary Community Academy. (Credit: Twitter/@ChiLightBrigade)

Protesters Claim CPS Ignored Lead Paint For 5 Years At Rogers Park School

A dozen school activists paraded outside a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, protesting what they said has been a five-year delay in cleaning up toxic lead paint from a Rogers Park elementary school.

10/22/2014

(Credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Police Memorial Foundation Raising Money To Equip Chicago Cops With New Bulletproof Vests

Chicago Police are in need of another $3 million to make sure each and every officer has a new safe bulletproof vest, reports WBBM’s John Cody

10/21/2014

A new interchange in the south suburbs links I-57 and I-294 for the first time. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Interchange Linking I-57 And I-294 To Open Soon

Two Chicago area interstates that have crossed paths for years, but never before connected to each other, should finally link up at the end of the month when a new interchange opens in the south suburbs.

10/21/2014

A ship equipped with a crane scoops out clay from the sunken barge. (Credit: John Cody)

Work Continues To Fix Sunken Barge In Chicago River

The barge that sank Friday at the Randolph Street Bridge is going to get some patch work done before it’s floated off for repairs, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

10/20/2014

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Jesse White Says Tougher Instruction Responsible For Drop In Teen Driving Fatalities

Teen deaths have been dropping radically and the Secretary of State says part of that is a new tougher introduction to rules of the road, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

10/20/2014

Tallulah the dog.

Vets Say Wet Weather Leading To Deadly Disease In Dogs

suburban veterinary center says cool, wet, fall days are fostering an increase in disease from a bacterium that can kill dogs with liver and kidney failure.

10/16/2014

Heroin

Grundy County Coroner Speaks Out On Heroin

The coroner of far west suburban Grundy County is speaking out on heroin as he reports on the death of a 25-year-old woman from the drug, leaving behind a five-year-old daughter.

10/15/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

Chicago Woman Campaigning To Stop Sexual Harassment On CTA

A Chicago woman says there’s a real difference between unsolicited compliments and sexual harassment in public places, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

10/15/2014

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