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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

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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

An SUV crashed into another vehicle on the Dan Ryan Expressway late Sunday night, after someone in a third vehicle shot at the SUV in an apparent case of road rage. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Charges Filed In Shooting On Dan Ryan Expressway

A Chicago man has been charged with shooting at an SUV as he was driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Sunday night.

06/23/2014

The roof of a house in unincorporated DuPage County near Wheaton was damaged by a fire started by a lightning strike on Wednesday. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Lightning Strikes Damage At Least 4 Homes In Suburbs

A lightning strike injured three firefighters attempting to put out a house fire in unincorporated DuPage County, near Wheaton.

06/18/2014

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Mundelein Cops Release Data On Traffic Stops

Racial breakdown numbers for traffic stops throughout Illinois will be released July 1, but one north suburban police department has decided to make its info public early.

06/18/2014

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Report: Illinois 3rd Best State For Teen Drivers

Illinois tied with New York for 1st in the U.S. in tough driving laws for teenagers, 9th best in safety, and 10th in economic environment – a measure of ticket fines and insurance rates.

06/18/2014

Dominique Hodrick is charged with killing special education teacher Betty Howard. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged With Killing Special Education Teacher

Dominique Hodrick, 23, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of aggravated battery in connection with the May 29 death of Dr. Betty Howard.

06/12/2014

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City, CUB Seek Probe Of Alternate Power Suppliers’ Rates

City officials and a utility watchdog group have requested a state investigation into some alternative power that may be tricking or confusing Chicago customers with their prices.

06/11/2014

An elderly couple died in a fire early Wednesday at their home in Mokena. (Credit: CBS)

Elderly Couple Dies In Mokena House Fire

Crews were called to the home around 3:20 a.m. Neighbor George Spear said he was awakened by the crackling and popping sounds coming from the burning home.

06/11/2014

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Damage From Potholes, Icy Roads A Boon For Car Repair Shops

Icy conditions Friday night and the explosion in the number of potholes throughout the weekend have made for some pretty busy auto repair places.

01/13/2014

The Salvation Army creed is seen on a bell ringer's pole in front of a Kmart store December 2, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Several major national retailers have banned Salvation Army bell ringers, including Target stores. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Salvation Army Offers Head Start For Children

One of the Salvation Army’s many programs provides Head Start services to pre-schoolers.

12/13/2013

Fast food workers and others who make minimum wage protest outside the McDonald's in the Ukrainian Village, demanding a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Minimum Wage Workers Picket For Better Pay

Several protests have been scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, as part of a nationwide demonstration in favor of a higher federal minimum wage.

12/05/2013

Students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences prepare pumpkin pies for a Thanksgiving meal for 300 senior citizens. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Agricultural Students Cooking, Serving Thanksgiving Dinner For Seniors

Students at a Southwest Side high school have been putting their lessons into practice, as they work to provide Thanksgiving meals to 300 senior citizens on Tuesday.

11/26/2013

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