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Newly Restored Fern Room, Garfield Park Conservatory, 2015. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Garfield Park Conservatory Reopening Greenhouses Damaged In 2011 Hailstorm

One of the Chicago Park District’s most popular attractions has planned a big party on Earth Day, when it will reopen greenhouses that suffered severe damage in a hailstorm four years ago.

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Francis Cardinal George, Led Chicago Archdiocese, Dies

After fighting a long battle with cancer, Francis Cardinal George has died, sources reported on Friday afternoon.

04/17/2015

Jackie Kazarian poses in front of her painting "Armenia," marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Chicago Artist Draws On Family History In Painting To Mark 1915 Armenian Genocide

Jackie Kazarian’s painting is called “Armenia.” Her grandmothers survived the Armenian genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks; in which as many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed in what is now part of Turkey, but which used to be part of Armenia.

04/17/2015

A Chicago Police SUV flipped on its roof, after a collision with a black sedan (inset) in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Two Police Officers, Three Civilians Hurt In West Side Crash

A police squad SUV was heading north on Homan Avenue when it was struck by a black car heading west on Congress Parkway, police said. The crash caused the SUV to flip onto its roof.

04/17/2015

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East Dundee Tickets Thrift Store For Pile Of Donated Goods Outside

A northwest suburban village is taking action against a thrift store where donated goods have piled up in plain view of passersby.

04/15/2015

Fast food workers and other minimum wage employees stage a rally outside the McDonald's at 83rd and Ashland, to call for $15 an hour. (Credit: CBS)

Minimum Wage Workers Call For $15 An Hour

A series of protests across the country was planned for Wednesday, as activists planned their biggest push yet for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

04/15/2015

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Chicago Charity Challenge Kicks Off Second Year

Businesses go head-to-head all the time, and many of them will soon begin competing to see which can raise the most charity dollars and provide charity volunteer time from among their employees.

04/14/2015

A woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday night in the Pilsen neighborhood. (CBS)

Woman Killed In Pilsen Crash, Occupants In Other Car Flee

Chicago Police were searching for two men who fled the scene after their car was involved in a crash that killed a 59-year-old woman about a block away from her home in Pilsen.

04/13/2015

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Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

One man drowned, while another man and two children were rescued, after a canoe tipped over in Wooster Lake on Sunday. (Credit: Captured News)

Man Dies, Three People Rescued After Canoe Capsizes In Lake County

A man and two children were rescued, but another man died, after a canoe tipped over in a north suburban lake on Sunday.

04/13/2015

Crews search wreckage on the IL-72 after a tornado came through the town earlier in the day on April 9, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, seven people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2 Dead After Two Tornadoes Hit Near Rockford; Searches Of Rubble Resume

Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed two people have died in the tiny hamlet of Fairdale, Illinois, after a massive “wedge” tornado virtually destroyed the town.

04/09/2015

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Evergreen Park Closes Dog Park Over Canine Flu Concerns

Happy Bark Dog Park at 91st and California in Evergreen Park will be a no-bark zone for at least a week or two.

04/09/2015

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“I Voted” Stickers A Thing Of The Past In Lake County

While voters in most suburban counties will receive an “I Voted” sticker in exchange for their completed ballot Tuesday, Lake County voters haven’t had the option to receive the coveted sticker in years.

04/07/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia make the rounds across Chicago on Monday, the last full day of campaigning before the runoff election in Chicago. (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Polls Closed For Historic Mayoral Election

After weeks of contentious campaigning, voters in Chicago were having their say Tuesday in the race for mayor, and 19 races for alderman.

04/07/2015

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Police: 12-Year-Old Girl Killed In Semi Rollover In Pingree Grove

Police said Dior Turner, of South Bend, Indiana, was driving a semi-trailer truck west on U.S. Route 20, when it left the road at Reinking Road, and rolled on its side around 5:15 a.m.

04/06/2015

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CHA Getting $3M In Federal Funds For Jobs Program At Altgeld Gardens

The Altgeld Gardens public housing development on the South Side has been awarded $3 million by the federal government to use to train residents for the workforce and eventual self-sufficiency.

04/02/2015

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Police Believe ‘Someone Is Helping’ Escaped Kankakee Convict

A massive manhunt continued early Thursday in central Illinois, a day after a 23-year-old convicted killer escaped from a Kankakee County jail by overpowering a guard and donning his uniform.

04/02/2015

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Escaped Kankakee Convict Still At Large

A manhunt was underway in Kankakee County on Wednesday, after a convicted killer escaped from the county jail.

04/01/2015

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich leaves the alter following his Installation Mass of at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

“No Dibs” For Cupich’s Easter Sunday Mass In Tinley Park

There will be no “dibs” for seats in the pews at a Catholic church in Tinley Park on Easter Sunday, when Archbishop Blase Cupich will be celebrating Mass.

03/31/2015

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Robbers Set Up Roadblock To Target Drivers In Fuller Park

Police said the robbers used a prop in at least two holdups in the Fuller Park neighborhood. They set up a road construction barrel in the street, and when a motorist gets out of his or her car to move it aside, the robbers pounce.

03/31/2015

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