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Commuters try to stay warm as they wait for a train on an L platform during the early morning rush while temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit on January 7, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Most of the city's schools were cancelled as wind chills dropped to as low as 30 below zero. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Schools Closed For Cold Or Snow? Never In Anchorage, Alaska

While hundreds of Chicago area schools closed at least once week because of bitter cold temperatures and wind chills, there is at least one city in North America that never does under those conditions.

01/09/2015

Temperatures Drop Near Zero Degrees In Chicago

Brutal Cold Presents Real Threat Of Frostbite Or Hypothermia

If you don’t take seriously the deep freeze blanketing the Chicago area the past couple days, you do so at your own peril. Frostbite and hypothermia are real threats in this weather.

01/08/2015

Mail carrier Manny Uy worked as fast as he could in the freezing temperatures. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Polar Chill…

The mail carrier’s creed doesn’t mention anything about subzero temperatures, but it might as well, since Wednesday’s Arctic conditions weren’t staying Chicago area couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

01/07/2015

Fire gutted a home in northwest suburban Norridge on Wednesday. Eight people were rescued from the home. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

8 Rescued From Extra-Alarm Blaze In Norridge.

The fire started around 5 a.m. in a single-family home in the 7900 block of West Gunnison Street. Four adults and four children were trapped inside when firefighters arrived, and had to be rescued from the house.

01/07/2015

A resident and four police officers were injured in a fire in west suburban Berwyn early Wednesday. (Photo from Network Video Productions)

Four Berwyn Cops Injured Rescuing Woman From Fire

Four police officers were injured early Wednesday, when they ran into a burning apartment building to help people escape in west suburban Berwyn. A resident also suffered serious burns.

01/07/2015

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Schools Balance Pros And Cons Of Closing For Winter Weather

When it snows — as it did Monday night and Tuesday morning — and when temperatures are expected to be brutally cold, school administrators across the Chicago area have a big decision to make: whether to call off school.

01/06/2015

Dangerous cold will come in waves this week. (Credit: CBS/Megan Glaros)

Frigid Week Ahead As Snow Ends In Chicago Area

As skies cleared and plows worked to clear streets and highways of the latest round of snow, a fresh round of frigid weather was settling in on the Chicago area Tuesday morning.

01/06/2015

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CPS Inspector General’s Report Details Theft, Cheating

Rampant wrong-doing is going on in a number of Chicago Public Schools according to a new report by the CPS inspector general, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

01/05/2015

A bartender at Gio's Bar and Grill was reprimanded after writing an offensive message about domestic violence on the bar's chalkboard specials sign. (Credit: DNAinfo Chicago)

Bar Owner Apologizes For Sign Supporting Domestic Violence

A Lincoln Square bar owner was apologizing after one of his bartenders posted a sign supporting domestic violence, creating an uproar on social media.

01/05/2015

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Last-Minute Tips To Lighten Your Tax Bill For 2014

With less than two days until 2015, there are still a couple ways you could maximize your deductions, and ease your income tax bill for 2014.

12/30/2014

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Lack Of Snow Hindering Winter Sports Enthusiasts

You may like the fact there’s been little or no snow in the area this month, but not everyone does.

12/29/2014

A Chicago Streets & Sanitation worker cleans anti-Semitic graffiti from a garage in West Rogers Park. Several garages and a small synagogue were vandalized on Sunday. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Vandals Spray Anti-Semitic Graffiti On Synagogue, Garages

City crews were removing anti-Semitic graffiti from several garages and a small synagogue on the Far North Side on Monday.

12/29/2014

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School Collects Gifts, $1,700 For Secretary After Burglars Ransack Home

On Thursday night, when Evette Durham returned home from coaching basketball at T.E. Culbertson School, she found her place had been ransacked. All her family’s electronics, game systems, jewelry, and cash had been taken; not to mention gifts Durham had bought for needy kids at her school.

12/23/2014

Ed Suarez, 50, saw an 80-year-old woman drive her car onto a set of Metra tracks, so he yelled at her to stop and dragged her to safety before an oncoming train ripped off her car's door. (Credit: CBS)

Man Who Saved Woman From Metra Train: “There’s No Hero Here”

Ed Suarez said he couldn’t believe his eyes Monday when he saw a disoriented 80-year-old woman drive onto the railroad tracks in Western Springs at the height of the evening rush, but he’s glad he didn’t think twice about springing into action.

12/23/2014

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Cook, Lake Counties Put Evictions On Hold Until Jan. 5

People facing eviction from their homes have been getting a small break for the holidays. Sheriff’s officials in Cook and Lake counties have placed an annual moratorium on evictions until early January.

12/22/2014

A driver was killed when he crashed head-on into another car while going the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive. Three others were critically injured in the crash. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

1 Dead, 3 Critically Injured In Wrong-Way Crash On Lake Shore Drive

A driver was killed early Monday, when he crashed on Lake Shore Drive, while driving the wrong way. Police said they suspect alcohol might have been a factor when a 26-year-old man drove his Nissan Sentra south in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive, and hit two other cars near 40th Street around 2:40 a.m.

12/22/2014

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (background, in red) helps distribute some of the 15,000 turkeys and hams he is giving away to the needy this Christmas season. (Credit: CBS)

For 50th Year, Jesse White Gives Out Turkey, Ham To Needy For Christmas

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was spreading some good cheer to thousands of senior citizens and other needy people around the city on Friday.

12/19/2014

Jesse Terrazas, dressed as Santa Claus, will be hanging out on the roof of St. Florian School in Hegewisch, until the school raises $55,000 needed to stay open next year. (Credit: St. Florian School)

Rooftop Santa Reaches Fundraising Goal, Catholic School Will Stay Open

(CBS) – Santa Claus has been up on a Catholic school rooftop for a week and a half—raising enough money to keep St. Florian open. St. Florian School principal Krista Wilkinson says $30,000 had been […]

12/18/2014

Chester Weger (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Illinois’ Longest-Serving Inmate Denied Parole Again

Chester Weger, 75, came closer to gaining his freedom last year than he did this year. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 7 to 7 last year. This time it voted 9-3 against parole.

12/18/2014

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West Chicago Still Catching Up On Yearlong Backlog Of Water Bills

Many residents of West Chicago are still waiting on their city to send them a water bill. For many of them, it’s been as long as 15 months since they last had a water bill.

12/17/2014

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