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Police Lights Police Car

Mom Thanks Cops For Sparing Son’s Life By Giving Cards, Stuffed Animals

A heartwarming yet bittersweet story about a police encounter in south suburban Dolton this week.

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Dogs!

DeKalb County Shelter Planning Facility For Aging Pets Of Seniors

Animal-loving senior citizens will no longer have to choose to give up their pets without ever seeing them again, if the DeKalb County Board approves a proposed animal shelter addition.

03/26/2015

Midway International Airport (CBS File Photo)

Does Mayor Emanuel Know Where Chicago’s Airports Got Their Names?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared to suggest renaming one of Chicago’s airports after President Barack Obama on Thursday, but also sounded confused about how the O’Hare and Midway got their current names.

03/26/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joins protesters demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees and contract workers. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Garcia, Teachers Call For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage At CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union has stepped up the fight to increase the minimum wage in Chicago, demanding better pay for non-union workers at the Chicago Public Schools, and mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has joined their effort.

03/25/2015

The trailer on this semi-truck buckled after hit hit the low bridge over Irving Park Road, east of York Road, in Bensenville on Monday. (Credit: Twitter/@KevinB1981)

Overpass On Irving Park Closed After Truckers Ignore Detour, Crash Into Bridge

A half-mile stretch of Irving Park Road near O’Hare International Airport has been closed to all traffic after truckers repeatedly ignored warnings about a low bridge, and crashed into a railroad overpass.

03/24/2015

State officials have closed a half-mile stretch of Irving Park Road, after trucks ignored low bridge warnings, and hit a railroad overpass near York Road. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Part Of Irving Park Road Closed After Trucks Hit Low Bridge Near O’Hare

The Illinois Department of Transportation had set up a detour for trucks on Irving Park Road at York Road in Bensenville, warning them of a low bridge at the new railroad flyover, which opened Sunday. Several truckers ignored the detour signs, and tried to get under the bridge anyway, but hit it instead.

03/24/2015

A lone flag on a snow-covered green at Big Run Golf Club in Lockport. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Spring Snow Puts Damper On Chicago Area Golfers

Many golfers have been starting to scratch that spring itch in the past week, that is, until the snow that dropped on the Chicago area Monday.

03/23/2015

(Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Winter Returns As Storm Dumps More Than 5 Inches On Parts Of Chicago Area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until noon. Forecasters predicted up to 2 to 4 inches of snow north of Interstate 80, and 3 to 5 inches north of a line from Dixon to Waukegan.

03/23/2015

Migrating Birds Mark Advent Of Spring

Suburban Wildlife Center Preparing For Lots Of Injured Migrating Birds

As birds begin migrating back north this spring, many will end up injured or killed as they fly through downtown Chicago, and volunteers at a suburban wildlife center will try to nurse the survivors back to health.

03/19/2015

Martese Johnson (Photo from Facebook)

Bloody Arrest Of College Student From Chicago Prompts Investigation In Virginia

The governor of Virginia has ordered a state investigation of possible police brutality, after a University of Virginia student from Chicago was bloodied during an arrest earlier this week.

03/19/2015

NIU Campus

NIU Students Working On Fuel-Efficient Car For Shell Eco-Marathon

It’s all about the gas mileage as students from Northern Illinois University prepare for a competition next month.

03/18/2015

A monarch butterfly alights on a milkweed during the breeding process.  (Photo credit: SUSANA GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Glen Ellyn Students Lead Effort To Increase Monarch Butterfly Population

The monarch butterfly’s population has been going down because of the devastation of the milkweed plant, the only plant monarch butterfly caterpillars can use for food.

03/18/2015

Ireland Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan (in dark blue suit) helps cut a green ribbon outside the Art Institute of Chicago, to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, "Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design." (Credit: Marissa Bailey/CBS)

Ireland Exhibit Opens At Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago cut the green ribbon this St. Patrick’s Day on a special exhibit celebrating Irish heritage. “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690 to 1840″ was conceived and made in Chicago.

03/17/2015

Illinois State police investigate after a semi-tractor trailer truck was shot several times while headed north on the Dan Ryan Expressway near Roosevelt Road. The truck driver pulled over on the Kennedy Expressway near Madison Street. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Shots Fired At Moving Semi On Kennedy Expressway

Illinois State Police said, around 2:50 a.m., a passenger in a gold Chevrolet Impala fired shots at a semi-tractor trailer headed north on the Dan Ryan Expressway near Monroe Street.

03/17/2015

Social service agency clients and advocates pack an Illinois Senate committee hearing to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's state budget plan, which would cut social services funding by more than $400 million. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Social Service Advocates: Rauner Budget Cuts ‘Don’t Make Fiscal Sense’

People in wheelchairs, people with guide dogs, and others representing those who need social services packed an Illinois Senate committee hearing room on Monday to testify about the impact of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts.

03/16/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner (left) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (right) | Photos by Scott Olson/John Gress/Getty Images

Rauner “Not Familiar” With Senate Republicans’ Letter To Iran

It’s been one of the biggest national stories of the week, but Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday said he’s “not familiar” with a letter 47 Republican U.S. senators sent to the leaders of Iran, amid the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal.

03/13/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner visits Sawing & Shearing Services, Inc., a Blue Island steel fabrication company considering a move to Indiana, due to workers' compensation costs in Illinois. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Rauner To Visit Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas To Lure Jobs

Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s going the offensive in an effort to increase the number of jobs in Illinois.

03/13/2015

John Cody (Credit: WBBM)

Signing Off: John Cody Retiring From WBBM Newsradio After 48 Years

It’s the end of an era at WBBM Newsradio. A Newsradio original, John Cody, is retiring after 48 years behind the microphone.

03/13/2015

Jazzalyn Fontanez and her 5-year-old daughter (Supplied Photo)

Pregnant Woman Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In Englewood

Jazzalyn Fontanez was struck by a vehicle around 1:45 p.m. Thursday at 60th and Halsted streets. She was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where she was pronounced dead a few hours later.

03/13/2015

The Clark and Shell gas stations at 31st and Maple in Brookfield have been waging a price war for more than a week, with prices far below average for the Chicago area. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Brookfield Motorists Winning Big In Gas Station Price War

Two gas stations in the western suburbs have been waging an old-fashioned price war for more than a week.

03/12/2015

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