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Camp Shabbona Woods in South Holland opened on Friday, the first of five new or renovated campgrounds being introduced by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. (Credit; Cook County)

Cook County Offers Family, Individual Camping For First Time

For decades, camping in the forest preserves has been available only to organized groups—until now.

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Rendering of the $782 million consolidated rental car facility and parking garage planned for O'Hare International Airport. (Credit: City of Chicago)

O’Hare Getting $782 Million Consolidated Rental Car Facility

City officials broke ground Thursday on a new consolidated rental car facility at O’Hare International Airport, designed to bring every rental car agency under one roof, and reduce traffic congestion on airport terminal roadways.

05/21/2015

File photo of cars on a Chicago area highway (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Busy Travel Weekend Expected For Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, which means the start of the busy summer travel season. Whether you’ve booked a flight, or are hitting the road, you’re sure to see some congestion.

05/21/2015

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Chicago Paramedics Reunite With Cardiac Arrest Survivors, Good Samaritans

On Paramedics Day, paramedics were reunited with cardiac arrest survivors and Good Samaritans who helped out before paramedics had arrived.

05/20/2015

Video posted on Facebook shows a Chicago police officer asleep inside his police SUV. (Source: Facebook)

Man Who Filmed Sleeping Cop: Officer ‘Not Keeping My Neighborhood Safe’

The man who posted a Facebook video showing a Chicago cop sleeping on the job was offering a glimpse into why he filmed the police officer.

05/20/2015

Video posted on Facebook shows a Chicago police officer asleep inside his police SUV. (Source: Facebook)

WATCH: Chicago Cop Caught Sleeping Inside Police SUV

The Chicago Police Department has launched an investigation after an officer was caught on tape sleeping while inside a department SUV.

05/19/2015

A construction accident caused the ground to erode under the CTA Yellow Line tracks at the McCormick Boulevard viaduct on Sunday, forcing the CTA to shut down the Yellow Line until repairs can be made. (Credit: CBS)

Yellow Line Service To Be Shut Down For At Least Several Days Due To Embankment Erosion

The CTA Yellow Line between Skokie and the Rogers Park neighborhood could be out of service for a few days, after an embankment was washed out due to a construction accident.

05/18/2015

Chicago Cardinal Francis George smiles as he departs St. Bartholomew Church after celebrating mass there April 12, 2005 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Sunday Evening Mass At Holy Name To Pay Tribute To Cardinal George

Cardinal Francis George’s galero – a wide-brimmed red silk hat that used to be given to Catholic bishops at the Vatican when they became cardinals – will be raised to the dome of Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday, one month after his death.

05/15/2015

Director Spike Lee and actor John Cusack discuss Lee's upcoming film "Chiraq," which has sparked controversy over the title. Chiraq -- a blend of Chicago and Iraq -- has been slapped on the city by rappers and spread through social media because of gun violence in some Chicago neighborhoods. (Photo credit: CBS)

Spike Lee Defends “Chiraq” Film, Blasts “People Just Judging From Afar”

The title of Spike Lee’s new movie might not sit well with some, but the filmmaker was not backing down from calling his upcoming film on Chicago’s gun violence “Chiraq,” as he defended his controversial work on Thursday.

05/14/2015

A highway sign alerts drivers to look for a vehicle that is the subject of an AMBER Alert for a kidnapping victim. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

New System Helps State LEAP Ahead, And Speed Up AMBER Alerts

A new AMBER Alert system that state officials have been using for several months has made it quicker to get the word out about missing children.

05/13/2015

Daniel Alexander's 112-square foot treehouse is billed as a romantic retreat on Airbnb, for $195 a night or $1,200 a week. (Credit: Daniel Alexander/Airbnb)

Should Luxury Treehouse Get Its Own Property Tax Bill?

Property tax officials in Schaumburg have begun researching whether additional property taxes should be levied against the owner of a treehouse who rents it out as a romantic getaway.

05/13/2015

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Southwest Side Alderman Holding Community Meeting Over Rise In Teen Sexting

A nude selfie of a girl from the Beverly neighborhood has prompted concern from parents and authorities over children sharing inappropriate pictures of themselves.

05/13/2015

Illinois State Police investigate after a Megabus passenger accidentally fired his gun in the restroom, then allegedly tried to commandeer the bus. (Credit: Captured News)

Unruly Passenger Fires Gun, Tries To Commandeer Megabus

A man fired a gun while in the restroom on a Megabus, and then tried to take control of the bus from the driver late Tuesday night, before another passenger tackled him and held him down until police arrived.

05/13/2015

Police Lights Police Car

Two Arrested After Apparent Burglary At Mokena Construction Site

Charges were expected against two men arrested Tuesday, after a break-in at a large construction site in southwest suburban Mokena.

05/12/2015

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It’s Official: University Of Chicago To Get Obama Library

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama confirmed a decision that has been clear for nearly two weeks early Tuesday, as they announced online the Obama presidential library is coming to “Sweet Home Chicago.”

05/12/2015

Monica Prinz and her first grade students at Gillespie School. (Credit: Golden Apple Award Facebook Page)

1st Grade Teacher At Gillespie School Receives Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching award winners are being announced this week, and among the first teacher on the city’s South Side.

05/11/2015

Photo Of Jorge Torrez (Handout Photo)

Ten Years Since Girls’ Deaths, Suspect Awaits Trial

It’s now been a decade since two young girls disappeared from the far north suburbs and were later found dead.

05/11/2015

Firefighters from several towns were on the scene of an apartment fire in Burnham. (CBS)

Extra Alarm Fire Erupts Inside Burnham Condominium

Crews from multiple south suburbs were battling an extra-alarm fire in Burnham Monday morning.

05/11/2015

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City Expecting Flood Of Young Job Applicants For ‘One Summer Chicago’

Approximately 24,000 summer jobs for young people were being made available this summer, and city officials expect many more people to apply than jobs are available.

05/08/2015

ComEd Power Yard

Utilities, Watchdog Warn Customers Of Scams

It’s unusual for three utilities and the Citizens Utility Board to come together for a single news conference, but they did just that Friday to try to prevent customers from being scammed.

05/07/2015

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