Home security video captured an arson suspect in Lake Villa. (Credit: Lake Villa Police Department)

Surveillance Video Captures Lake Villa Arson Suspect; Police Seeking Public’s Help

Authorities in Lake Villa have released surveillance photos in hopes of solving an arson.


Plainfield Car Fire

12-Year-Old Suspect Charged In Plainfield Arsons

A 12-year-old boy stands charged with setting a rash of fires in Plainfield, which destroyed five cars and a home within weeks.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2012

An explosion blew out the roof of an apartment building at 8734 Kimball Av. in Skokie on Dec. 12, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Skokie Explosion May Have Been Arson, Report Says

A Skokie two-flat that destroyed by an explosion and fire last month may have been set ablaze intentionally.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2012

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Teen Due In Court In Arson That Destroyed Historic Clock Factory

Two teens have been charged with setting a fire in an historic clock factory in north central Illinois on New Year’s Eve.

CBS Chicago–01/03/2012

Waukegan Fire

Waukegan Man Denies Setting Salvation Army Fire

A former Waukegan mayoral candidate denied burning down the Waukegan Salvation Army building at his arraignment Thursday in a north suburban court.


The charred remains of a school bus in Elgin after a fire overnight. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS 2)

Fire That Destroyed Elgin School Buses May Be Arson

Police in unincorporated Elgin suspect arson may be to blame for a fire that damaged four school buses beyond repair.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2011

Gregory Flesher (Lake County Police Dept.)

Former Waukegan Candidate Charged In Warehouse Fire

A well-known Waukegan business owner who once ran for mayor has been charged with starting the massive fire that destroyed a vacant Salvation Army warehouse in May.


Lawler Avenue Fire

South Austin Fire Believed To Be Work Of Arsonist

Investigators say an early-morning fire in a South Austin neighborhood apartment building might have been the work of an arsonist.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2011

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Arson Suspected In North Chicago Motel Blaze

A four-alarm fire that destroyed half of the old Knights Inn motel Monday morning in North Chicago is suspected to be arson.


Vandals set fire to the "C" and "L" in the end zone of the North Central College Cardinals football field on Aug. 27, 2011. Officials said the damage was minimal and easy to repair. (Credit: CBS)

Vandals Set Fire To Artificial Turf At North Central College

Authorities in west suburban Naperville were offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about who set fire to the artificial turf at North Central College’s football field last weekend.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2011

Franklin Park Fire

Vacant Motel Fire In Franklin Park Deemed Arson

The fire that destroyed a vacant motel in Franklin Park last week was deliberately set, investigators have ruled.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2011

David Neubauer

Melrose Park Man Charged With Burning Down Dad’s House

A Melrose Park man stands charged with burning down his father’s home, where the suspect himself also lived.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

Firefighters at the scene of a fire in downstate Grande Ridge; three bodies were found inside. (Todd Sherman)

Authorities: Murder-Suicide At Burned House

The bodies of two children and an adult were discovered in a burning home in Grand Ridge on Thursday afternoon.



Wrongful Convictions Center To Argue For Woman In Son’s Death

Attorneys working with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University will argue Wednesday before an Indiana appeals court, on behalf of a woman now serving 60-year sentence.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2011

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Elgin Man On Trial For Starting Fire At Parents’ House

An Elgin man is now on trial, charged with causing a fire that severely damaged the home of his own parents as he burned his girlfriend’s clothes in a fire pit.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2011

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Fire At Polish Restaurant May Have Been To Cover Up Burglary

It turns out there were probably two crimes committed Tuesday at a Polish restaurant on the city’s Northwest Side.

CBS Chicago–05/18/2011

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NIU Frat House Condemned After Suspected Arson

A Northern Illinois University Fraternity house has been condemned, as fire officials look into a possible arson.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2011

(CBS File Photo)

Cops: 7.2 Percent Dip In Total Crime Compared To Last April

CHICAGO (STMW) — Chicago police say that murders are down by 14.2 percent, aggravated batteries including shootings are down by 17.8 percent and violent crime overall has dropped by 11.6 percent as compared to April, […]


Felipe Hernandez-Ortiz was charged with arson (Mugshot credit: Villa Park Police Department)

Man Charged In West Burb Pick-Up Truck Arson

A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with arson after a pick-up truck was found Saturday fully engulfed in flames in west suburban Villa Park.



Man Dies A Week After Braidwood Fire

A man from the Will County community of Braidwood is dead, almost a week after a three-alarm house fire that police are now calling suspicious.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2011