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Sample of a gender-neutral restroom sign. (Credit: Addictinginfo.org)

Northwestern Getting Two New Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Transgender students at Northwestern University will be getting their own separate bathrooms in the a heavily used student center on the school’s Evanston campus.

07/17/2014

A semi-tractor trailer drives on the Interstate. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Elwood Wants Bridge At Intersection Near Busy Truck Facility

A tiny town just south of Joliet has reached out to state regulators in an effort to make changes to an intersection that sees very heavy truck traffic, in order to keep cargo moving while avoiding a possible catastrophe.

07/09/2014

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Woman Celebrates 83rd Birthday By Skydiving

While most of us were watching a parade, lounging by the pool, or cooking out on the grill on the 4th of July, a Lee County woman was celebrating her 83rd birthday by jumping out of a plane.

07/08/2014

Lake Michigan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lake Michigan Water Levels Up But Still Below Long-Term Average

Federal water scientist Anne Clites says the numbers are clear.

07/07/2014

An Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. (James Zablotny/USDA Photo)

Chicago To Inoculate Remaining Viable Ash Trees Against Emerald Ash Borer

Chicago is treating city’s 35,000 viable ash trees, even though there’s no guarantee they’ll survive the emerald ash borer, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

07/07/2014

UP West Metra Train

Transportation Expert Believes Metra Will Eventually Put Wi-Fi In Trains

(CBS) – A Chicago transit analyst says Wi-Fi is likely coming, maybe within a couple of years to Metra. DePaul University Transportation Professor Joe Schwieterman says his survey suggests intensive laptop usage is up 20 [...]

07/02/2014

One of two rows of meat packing buildings on Fulton Market, just west of the Loop. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Fulton Market Owners Fight City Hall Plan For Landmark District

Business owners in the city’s trendy Fulton Market area were urging the Emanuel administration to drop plans to designate the district as a city landmark, and turn the wholesale market into a tourist-oriented farmers market like Pike Place in Seattle.

07/02/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Signs Bill To Allow Residents Who Moved To Register On Election Day

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law that makes it easier for many Illinois residents to vote, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

07/01/2014

U.S. Supreme Court Building (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Illinois Health Care Worker

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major decision in the case of an Illinois health care worker who decided she did not want to pay dues to the SEIU, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

06/30/2014

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Governor Cuts 80 Free Parking Spots For State Workers

Gov. Pat Quinn has decided to eliminate dozens of state parking spaces downtown, taking away free parking for many state employees.

06/24/2014

An incense product that some young people are inhaling can have serious effects, officials warn. (CBS)

Kirk Asks China To Reduce Flow Of Synthetic Marijuana Into U.S.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is asking Chinese help to reduce the flow of synthetic marijuana into the United States, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

06/23/2014

One of 18 ornate box turtles released at an Illinois nature preserve, after they were hatched and spent their first year living at Lincoln Park Zoo. (Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo)

Lincoln Park Zoo Releases Turtles At Western Illinois Nature Preserve

Zoo curator Diane Mulkerin said the nest of 18 ornate box turtles pretty much ate all winter long, so have grown much faster than they would in the wild.

06/20/2014

A black bear in a tree outside Mount Morris in northern Illinois. (Credit: Earleen Hinton/Shaw Media)

Black Bear Spotted Again In Northern Illinois

Illinois’ wandering bear has been spotted again after not being sighted since the weekend and now he’s moved on up a tree 110 miles west of Chicago.

06/18/2014

Adel Daoud

Court Denies Access To FISA Surveillance Records In Terror Case

A federal appeals court has ruled a 20-year-old terrorism suspect has no right to see classified documents regarding how evidence against him was gathered, reversing a trial court’s ruling that would have given him unprecedented access to FISA court records.

06/17/2014

Parking Ticket

Suburban Police Chief: Ticket Quotas Needed To Evaluate Personnel

An independent-minded suburban police chief suggests trouble ahead now that Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law banning ticket quotas, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

06/16/2014

Prison fence

Appeals Court Restores Prison Lawyer’s Credit For Good Behavior

It’s sadly said no good deed goes unpunished, but convicted felon Eric Grandberry at least managed to break even after working as a prison lawyer.

06/11/2014

Cook County Criminal Courts

Cook County Court Workers Picket After Going 18 Months Without Contract

Over 100 public defenders, probation officers and court personnel marched and chanted in the rain outside criminal court saying 18 months is long enough to wait for a contract with Cook County.

06/10/2014

Artistic rendering of new residential towers at the old Children's Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park. (Credit: McCaffery Interests)

Lincoln Park Groups File Suit To Block Redevelopment At Hospital Site

A pair of Lincoln Park Community Groups have filed suit to block plans for redevelopment of the six acre Children’s Memorial Hospital tract at Lincoln and Fullerton, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

06/09/2014

City Hall

City Council Progressive Caucus Wants Hearing On Crime Stats

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.

06/06/2014

Adel Daoud

Lawyers Defending Terror Suspect Adel Daoud Want Access To FISA Documents

The federal appeals court in Chicago is considering whether terrorism defendants have a right to know why they’ve been wire tapped by federal agents, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

06/04/2014

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