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Watchdog Group Seeks Incentives For Small Campaign Donations

Illinois Public Interest Research Group director Abe Scarr said campaign finance records show contributions of more than $1,000 account for more than 86 percent of all money flowing to the five mayoral campaigns, while less than 2 percent of the dollars came from small contributions of less than $150.


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Early Birds Line Up At City Hall For Shot At Sidewalk Café Permits

A dream of spring on their smiling faces, restaurant owners trudged through the snow Friday to get instructions on opening up sidewalk cafés from officials at City Hall.


A crane hoists a replica Viking boat into the south entrance of the Field Museum. The boat will be the centerpiece of the new "Vikings' exhibit, opening Feb. 27, 2015. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM)

Viking Longboat Sails Into Field Museum For New Exhibit

A Viking longboat has been moved to safe harbor inside the Field Museum, where it’ll headline a new exhibit about the complexities of Viking culture.


The USS Illinois under construction in Groton, Conn. (Credit:

Retired Sub Captain Working To Make New USS Illinois More Comfortable For Sailors

“The Navy spends enormous amounts of money building a wonderful ship, and then puts in flimsy bunk curtains for the sailors,” said Len Wass, chairman of the USS Illinois Commissioning Committee.


A gyrfalcon lands on a man's hand. (Credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

World’s Largest Falcon Species, Gyrfalcon, Spotted In Chicago Area

Chicago’s hosting an extremely rare visitor which is good for bird watchers but tough on other birds, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


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Latino Activists Sue Police Over Arrest While Canvassing For Obamacare

Two young Latino men who were arrested last year while passing out information about Obamacare in a white neighborhood have filed a federal lawsuit, accusing police of racial profiling.


Volunteers using the web-based Milky Way Project brought star-forming
features, nicknamed “yellowballs,” to the attention of researchers (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Where Do Stars Come From? Space ‘Yellow Balls,’ Of Course

At least that is the name given to star cocoons spotted by volunteers who combed through infra-red photos of the Milky Way. WBBM’s John Cody reports.


Hundreds attended a meeting to voice their opposition to a retirement package of the COD's outgoing president. (Credit: Brad Edwards)

Lawmaker Threatens To Punish College Of DuPage Over $750K Severance To President

A northwest suburban lawmaker was threatening to slash state funding for the College of DuPage, after its board of trustees agreed to a $762,868 severance package for the community college’s retiring president.


Ice jams on the Kankakee River in Will County have prompted the closure of Warner Bridge Road, due to possible structural damage. The ice jams also are at risk of coming on shore and damaging homes, if the river rises much further. (Credit: CBS)

Flood Concerns Have Officials Keeping An Eye On Kankakee River Ice Jams

Ice jams have been forming on bends in the Kankakee River near Wilmington and that’s forcing water near, though not yet over, flood stage, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


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Sister Of Warren Buffett Donates $100M To Northwestern

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s sister has donated $100 million to Northwestern University, which the suburban Chicago school says is the largest single gift in its history.


A map detailing bridges in need of repair in the Chicago area. (Credit CMAP)

CMAP Creates Animated Map To Highlight Need For Improved Transportation Infrastructure

Chicago regional planners have devised a new animated map which they hope will convince lawmakers to ease up on the purse strings and start building and rebuilding bridges, roads and rail facilities to meet transit needs of next century.


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Experts Warn Of Ill Health Effects Of Office Environment, Particularly Prolonged Sitting

Your cubicle could be making you sick, reports WBBM’s John Cody. There’s even a word for it: obesogenic, according to Advocate Christ Dr. Teresa Zamojski.


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Adler Planetarium Shoots For Moon Exhibit Funding With Crowdsourcing Campaign

The Adler Planetarium is trying to go where few non-profits have gone before: to crowdfunding for financial support. WBBM’s John Cody explains.


The troop of 8 Japanese Macaques will be meeting the public starting May 1. (Credit: John Cody)

Japanese Macaques Move Into New Exhibit At Lincoln Park Zoo

A troop of Japanese Snow Monkeys has moved into Lincoln Park Zoo, where keepers want them interested as well as well fed, in the new Macaque Forest.


Heather Mack, of Chicago, stands as she arrives in a courtroom during her first hearing trial on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

Judge Releases $150K From Trust Fund To Bali Murder Suspect

A 19-year-old Chicago woman facing murder charges in the death of her mother in Bali has been given access to more than $150,000 from her mother’s estate to pay her legal expenses in Indonesia.


A city worker installs a speed camera near Gompers Park. (Credit: CBS)

Driver Accuses City Of Illegally Issuing Speed Camera Tickets On Non-School Days

A Chicago motorist has filed a lawsuit demanding millions of dollars in refunds for tickets issued by school zone speed cameras on days when classes were not in session.



Former Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced For Using Excessive Force

A federal judge says “what happened here was extremely serious,” as she sentences a former sheriff’s deputy for brutalizing a prisoner in the Maywood lockup, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


Members of the Illinois House and Senate hold a joint committee hearing on the state of child welfare at the Department of Children and Family Services. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series

The head of the agency that oversees children who are wards of the state told state lawmakers Wednesday that a revolving door at the top is partly to blame for abuses that have plagued the department for decades.


Commuters cross the Chicago River on their way to work as temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit during the morning rush on January 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits today and three to six inches of snow are expected to fall this evening.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Are The Chicago River And Lake Michigan Smoking? Not Really

Photographers have been having a field day along the lakefront and Chicago River, capturing images of the swirling mist over the water, known as sea smoke or frost smoke. It might be called smoke, but it’s just water vapor.


Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Implementing Changes To Prevent Last Year’s Cold Weather Problems

Metra says it’s putting into practice, everything it learned during last year’s Polar Vortex which created long and repeated delays for commuters, reports WBBM’s John Cody.




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