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Moose Lodge Raising Money For California Wildfire Victims

The Lockport Moose Lodge has been collecting donations to send to a fellow lodge in Clearlake Oaks, California, just north of San Francisco. That lodge has been housing and feeding 150 people forced to evacuate their homes due to wildfires this summer.

08/11/2015

Dozens of stray cats were found living in an vacant home in the Belmont Central neighborhood, and have invaded the community after a couple windows were broken at the brick bungalow. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Dozens Of Stray Cats Living In Abandoned Bungalow In Belmont Central

The city declared the brick bungalow at 6207 W. Roscoe St. uninhabitable in April. Sometime later, after the lone resident was evicted, someone broke a couple basement windows, and black cats poured out of the house, and invaded the neighborhood.

08/10/2015

A fire hydrant installed along Riverside Drive in Elgin led to confusion, because it is located next to marked parking spaces installed as part of a beautification project. Officials are working on a solution. (Credit: CBS)

Elgin Seeking Solutions After Confusion Over Parking Spaces Near Fire Hydrant

Officials in Elgin were trying to make sure no more motorists are confused about – or get tickets for parking in – what appear to be legitimate parking spaces next to a fire hydrant along the city’s riverfront.

08/07/2015

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Chicago Police, ACLU Agree On Changes To Controversial “Stop And Frisk” Tactics

The Chicago Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union have reached a groundbreaking deal to set up an independent evaluation of police “stop and frisk” procedures, in an effort to prevent racial profiling.

08/07/2015

7th graders at Christ The King School in Chicago take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Credit: Facebook)

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Become Annual Tradition

Countless people dumped ice water over their heads last summer, as part of the ALS The Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral effort to promote awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

08/06/2015

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Estate Sale Set At Topinka’s Riverside Home This Weekend

The estate sale at Topinka’s home in Riverside runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at 380 Herrick Road.

08/06/2015

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Suburban Firefighters To Get Special Training On Treating Dementia Patients

Dementia is estimated to affect about 5 million Americans and, next Wednesday, some members of the Lake Zurich Fire Department will be trained in some of the best ways to handle dementia patients.

08/05/2015

Fire crews douse a car that caught fire after an I-80 crash early Wednesday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Sheriff’s Officers Rescue Man From Fiery Crash On I-80

Shortly before 2 a.m., the driver of a four-door sedan was heading east on I-80, near the Interstate 57 junction, when he lost control of the vehicle. The driver said he swerved to avoid hitting a coyote, and crashed through a guardrail.

08/05/2015

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Attorney: Father’s Death In Tent Collapse ‘Will Be Litigated Exhaustively’

Steven Nincic, 35, was taking shelter from a thunderstorm inside a large canvas tent at Prairie Fest on Sunday, when a strong gust of wind caused the tent to collapse, killing Nincic.

08/04/2015

A lifeguard is caught on video apparently lying down on the job. (You Tube)

Lifeguard Whistleblower Upset About Incident At Beach

A 32-year old man who took a video of his critical exchange with a loafing Gary lifeguard says he was very upset about what he saw last weekend.

07/30/2015

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Charges Possible After Pair Suspected Of Starting Fires In Gary

Gary police say charges will be considered today against two men arrested a couple of days ago for deliberately starting fires in vacant buildings.

07/30/2015

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Downtown Staffing Agency Holds “No Emails Day” To Encourage Employees To Use Phones

A staffing and recruiting company downtown did something a little out of the ordinary today. It staged a “No Email Day.”

07/29/2015

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City Switching Residents To ComEd For Electricity

Electricity users in the city of Chicago are going to find themselves with choices over the next month or so as the city ends its bulk discount program for buying electricity.

07/29/2015

A lifeguard is caught on video apparently lying down on the job. (You Tube)

Gary Lifeguard Dismissed For Lying Down On The Job

On a hot summer day like today one might want to cool off in Lake Michigan, with the assurance that lifeguards have your back.

07/28/2015

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Students At West Side Elementary School Creating Peace Mural

Some West Side elementary school students are letting it be known through their artwork how they feel about the violence that has plagued their community.

07/27/2015

Police officers cordon off the scene after two officers shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them. Witnesses claimed the man did not have a gun, and was not a threat to police. (Credit: CBS)

Police Officers Shoot Man In Englewood

Chicago police officers shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them early Wednesday in the Englewood neighborhood, although some residents said police shot an unarmed man during a memorial for a friend who died in a crash three years ago.

07/22/2015

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Shot-Up Car On Eisenhower Might Have Been Involved In Bellwood Shooting

A bullet-riddled car found on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago early Wednesday might have been shot in west suburban Bellwood.

07/22/2015

Officer Erin Carlquist (L) and Officer Lissette Rosado (R) working with youngsters in a math and science club designed to help children learn something new, and improve police relations with the community. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Police Help Form Math And Science Club For West Side Kids

Some Chicago police officers have become involved in an effort on the West Side to spark interest in math and science among children, and in the process have improved relations with the community.

07/21/2015

Harper Lee's new book "Go Set A Watchman" on shelves after its release at the Barnes and Nobel in New York July 14, 2015. Copies of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited, but controversial second novel flew off the shelves more than half a century after the groundbreaking success of "To Kill a Mockingbird." AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite Controversial Character Changes, Harper Lee Fans Eager To Read Mockingbird Sequel

The sequel to Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird hit store shelves on Tuesday, and while readers might already know the characters in Go Set A Watchman, they certainly aren’t the same as we remember.

07/14/2015

Central Avenue Beach along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been closed due to hazardous conditions, as the beach has eroded to almost nothing, and the high winds of the last few weeks have exposed asphalt and other unsafe surfaces. The previous trail to the beach is now an 8 foot drop-off.  (Credit: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore/Facebook)

Central Beach Closed Due To Erosion Along Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Chief Ranger Mike Bremer said the beach at Central Avenue, on the east side of Beverly Shores, has been closed indefinitely, because high waves last week washed away the sand, leaving an eight-foot drop-off, which has at its base some jagged pieces of an old road that used to run along the beach.

07/13/2015

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