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The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Are Days Numbered For Red-Light Cameras?

Reports of red light camera “ticket spikes” for thousands of motorists have energized those who have long opposed traffic enforcement cameras.

07/25/2014

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South Side Museums Form “Museum Campus South”

Seven museums on the South Side have banded together to try to raise their profiles, and get more people to visit them.

07/24/2014

The Antioch Theatre closed earlier this year, but will be reopened after renovations funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign. (Credit: Kickstarter)

Successful Kickstarter Campaign To Bring Antioch Theatre Back To Life

The Antioch Theatre will live on, after being on the brink of being closed for good.

07/23/2014

Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant was all but destroyed by a large fire early Friday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Grandma Sally’s Restaurant In Naperville Gutted By Fire

Since the late 1970s, people have been visiting Grandma Sally’s to try the famous cheesecake, waffles, and pancakes. Unfortunately for its owners, employees, and customers, the restaurant was all but destroyed by an early morning fire.

07/18/2014

A collage of photos of flooding from recent storms in Midlothian. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Midlothian Residents Fed Up With Chronic Flooding

After a couple weeks which saw some torrential downpours, uprooted trees, and power outages from summer storms, a group from southwest suburban Midlothian was speaking out Thursday, because they’re tired of their property repeatedly flooding.

07/17/2014

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Orland Park Hosting Heroin Awareness Program

Orland Park Fire Protection District Chief Ken Brucki says there were at least six heroin overdose deaths in Orland Park last year, among about 60 heroin overdose ambulance calls. The antidote Narcan was used to save most of those lives.

07/15/2014

Police swarmed Montrose Avenue Beach Sunday night, responding to a fight in progress. Four officers were injured, including at least one struck in the head by a bottle thrown at police. Nine people were arrested. (CBS)

5 Charged In Montrose Beach Melee That Left 4 Cops Injured

Two men were charged with throwing bottles that struck police officers who were breaking up a large fight at Montrose Beach on Sunday, and three other men were charged in connection with the melee.

07/13/2014

Five-year-old Jack Redmond hugs his mom at O'Hare International Airport, before boarding a flight to Ireland, after judges in both Ireland and the U.S. ruled he be sent back to Ireland to live with his dad. (Credit: CBS)

Two Years After Sending Son To Ireland, Mom’s Custody Battle Continues

Two years after a federal judge ordered her son sent back to Ireland to live with his father, an Orland Park woman is still fighting to get sole custody of the 7-year-old boy and bring him back to Illinois.

07/10/2014

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DuPage County Stepping Up Effort To Combat Elder Abuse

According to DuPage County Board member Bob Larsen, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, there were 467 “intakes” last year in which social workers or others were needed to investigate calls about possible abuse of senior citizens or disabled adults under the age of 60.

07/09/2014

A couple dozen employees of WaterSaver Faucet Co. picketed before work Wednesday, over the company's policy to monitor how much time they spend in the bathroom each day during work hours. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Workers Picket Over Company’s Bathroom Break Policy

Employees of a River West faucet-making company staged a protest before work on Wednesday, saying they’ve been disciplined over the length of their bathroom breaks.

07/09/2014

100-year-old Louis Reinhart poses with his family on the field before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

100-Year-Old Cubs Fan Dies Three Weeks After Delivering Game Ball

100-year-old Louis Reinhart was supposed to be part of the Wrigley Field centennial celebration on Opening Day, but Chicago traffic tied up his family, and they got to the stadium too late to deliver the game ball as planned.

07/02/2014

One of hundreds of ComEd repair crews working to restore power to customers after two severe storms hit the Chicago area on Monday, spawning five tornados. (Credit: Twitter/ComEd)

Cleanup Continues In Wake Of Severe Storms, Tornados

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area were still without power Wednesday morning, more than a day after two severe storms pummeled the region.

07/02/2014

Firefighters rescued several people via ladders from a burning building in the Austin neighborhood. (Credit: CBS)

Man Injured Jumping From Burning Building; 4 Others Hurt In Fire

One man didn’t wait for help from firefighters, and jumped from an upper floor. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious to critical condition.

06/30/2014

From now on, Illinoisans must recycle their computers -- not throw them in the trash. (CBS)

Recycling Advocates: More People Looking For Alternatives To Landfills

It appears a lot of people are just itching to clean out their homes and get rid of items they no longer want, and are recycling instead of having garbage pile up in landfills.

06/27/2014

The attic of Donna Keane's home in Orland Park caught fire after a lightning strike on Wednesday. (Credit: Orland Fire Protection District)

Lightning Strike Sparks Fire In Attic Of Orland Park Home

Lightning started a fire in an Orland Park house Wednesday afternoon, and the homeowner’s hunch prevented damage from being worse than it was.

06/26/2014

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Chicago Police Officers To Oppose Parole For 3 Cop Killers

Eighteen uniformed officers planned to present a silent but visible opposition to early release for three men serving lengthy prison terms for killing police officers in the 1970s.

06/26/2014

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Woman Grazed When Gun Goes Off On CTA Bus

Riders on a CTA bus got a bit of a scare Wednesday morning when a gun accidentally went off after a passenger picked up a small pistol he found on the bus.

06/25/2014

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CPS Changing Student Discipline To Reduce Suspensions

Chicago Public Schools officials have decided to move away from zero-tolerance approaches to student discipline.

06/24/2014

Two men crashed a powered parachute -- an ultralight aircraft -- into the Fox River late Monday. The pilot made it to shore, but his passenger died. (Credit: CBS)

1 Dead, 1 Hospitalized After Ultralight Aircraft Crashes In Fox River

The men took off from Skydive Chicago in Ottawa sometime Monday evening in an ultralight aircraft — either a paraglider or an ultraglider — which are commonly flown from that airfield. They experienced engine trouble and crashed in the middle of the Fox River

06/24/2014

U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen (Family Photo)

Mokena Soldier Laid To Rest

Friends and family of a fallen soldier from Mokena were preparing to say their final goodbyes on Tuesday, when 19-year-old Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen will be laid to rest after he was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.

06/24/2014

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