Bernie Tafoya

Mark Downs (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

1996 Murder Case Goes Before Illinois Supreme Court

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Aurora nearly 20 years ago said it would break her heart if the man convicted of killing her son gets a new trial, as the case went before the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday.

03/11/2015

Two Aurora Central Catholic High School students were killed when their SUV struck a semi-trailer truck in Rochelle on Tuesday. One other student in the SUV was seriously hurt. Three others walked away from the crash. (Credit: Twitter/@CollinStuhl7)

Two High School Students Killed In Crash

Two Aurora high school students were killed Tuesday evening, when their SUV was hit by a semi-trailer truck while they were on their way to a basketball game in far west suburban Rochelle.

03/11/2015

Odell Branch Sr. (Family Photo)

Widow Wonders How ‘Cowards’ Who Killed Husband Can ‘Live With Themselves’

Police were questioning several persons of interest Tuesday morning, after an elderly man was killed and three others were wounded, when gunfire erupted outside a home on the Far South Side.

03/10/2015

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Durbin: GOP Letter To Iran “A New Low” That Undermines Nuclear Negotiations

The White House and top Democrats in Congress have accused a coalition of 47 Republican senators of attempting to undermine President Barack Obama’s efforts to negotiate an end to Iran’s nuclear program.

03/10/2015

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Man Arrested In Alleged Conspiracy Wants Apology From Lake Co. State’s Attorney

An ex-offender arrested as part of an alleged criminal conspiracy late last year is seeking an apology from the Lake County (IL) State’s Attorney’s Office. He’s also considering legal action against the prosecutor’s office.

03/09/2015

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Transit Group Says Buses, Trains An Increasingly Popular Option

The American Public Transportation Association said, in 2014, more trips were taken on public transit than any time in nearly 60 years – nearly 11 billion rides nationwide.

03/09/2015

Photo Of Bugs (AP Photo/Virginia Tech Department of Entomology)

Lambs Farm Getting A Handle On “Frustrating” Bed Bug Problem

Experts say bed bugs can be found almost anywhere; from homes and businesses to hotels, shelters, and hospitals. Now, an organization for the developmentally disabled in the Chicago area is fighting them.

03/06/2015

Traffic Stop

Professors To Be Honored For Study Of Traffic Stop Disparities

Dr. Steven Maynard-Moody said he and his fellow researchers found no racial bias in normal traffic stops — in which the sole reason a driver is pulled over is an actual traffic violation — but they did find tremendous bias in so-called “investigatory traffic stops.”

03/06/2015

CTA passengers board Blue Line trains at the Logan Square subway station. (Credit: CTA)

CTA Ridership Down Overall, But Train Rides Set New Record

Buses remained the most popular option for public transit users in Chicago last year, although rail ridership set a new record for the CTA.

03/06/2015

The Jane Byrne Interchange (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Byrne Interchange Overhaul To Create New Headaches For Drivers

Motorists who drive along the Jane Byrne Interchange might want to find a new way to get where they’re going starting next week, thanks to a project that will increase traffic for more than a year.

03/05/2015

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Girl With Leukemia To Meet Stem Cell Donor Who Helped Save Her Life

More than four years after she was close to dying from leukemia, an 8-year-old girl from Mount Prospect is healthy again, and will meet the German man who helped save her life by supplying a stem cell donation.

03/05/2015

Kobe, a 3-year-old Dogo Argentino mix, is the fifth rescue dog to be taken in by the Shedd Aquarium, for training through positive reinforcement alongside other animals. (Credit: Shedd Aquarium)

Shedd Aquarium Gets New Rescue Dog, Kobe

The Shedd Aquarium has adopted its fifth rescue dog, as part of its ongoing effort to demonstrate how to build strong relationships with animals.

03/04/2015

The Little League team from New Albany, Indiana, lost the Great Lakes regional championship to Jackie Robinson West, which was later stripped of their title for using ineligible players during tournament play. (Credit: Go Fund Me)

Indiana Team That Lost To JRW Raising Money To Go To 2015 Little League World Series

Saying they feel cheated out of their chance to play in the Little League World Series last summer, the team that lost the Great Lakes regional championship to Jackie Robinson West is raising money to go to next year’s tournament, even if it’s just to watch.

03/04/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Mayors Call On Rauner To Rethink Plan To Cut Local Government Revenue

Mayors in the Chicago area were none-too-pleased when Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting in half the amount of income tax revenue the state sends to municipal governments in Illinois, and they’re teaming up to let him know.

03/03/2015

A tornado that hit LaSalle County Illinois. (Credit: Twitter)

Statewide Tornado Drill To Be Held Tuesday Morning

It might not seem like the ideal time of year for a tornado drill, but that’s exactly what state and local officials have planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday across Illinois.

03/03/2015

CBS 2 photojournalists Lou Kleinberg and Dino Pillizzi help a stranded motorist who slid off I-90 on Tuesday. (Credit: Marissa Bailey/CBS)

Snow, Sleet, Rain Make For Sloppy Roads On Tuesday

While temperatures will climb above freezing later on Tuesday, the rain will stick around for the afternoon commute.

03/03/2015

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CPS Reverses Stance On PARCC, Will Now Test Students System Wide

The Chicago Public School system is buckling to economic pressure and now plans to give a controversial standardized test system-wide, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

03/02/2015

A new "smart meter" installed on a Naperville home. (CBS)

CUB: Energy-Efficiency Programs Save More Money Than Alternate Suppliers

A couple years ago, you could save decent money on your electric bill merely by switching to an alternate energy supplier, but Citizens Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen said not anymore. That is because those companies have started hiking rates, and ComEd has gotten out from under an expensive contract.

03/02/2015

Camela Ruiz Estrada

Man Delivers Baby After Pulling Off Eisenhower Expressway

Maria Estrada went into labor Monday morning, and her husband, Javier Sanchez was driving her to the hospital when she told him she couldn’t wait. Sanhez pulled off the Eisenhower at the Austin exit, and their baby was born moments later.

03/02/2015

The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations in Byron, Illinois. (Photo credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Watchdog Group Raises ‘Serious Concerns’ About Plan To Help ComEd

Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow ComEd to charge customers about $2 more per month to cover the costs of its nuclear power plants, drawing criticism from a utility watchdog group that says ComEd’s parent company already makes plenty of profit.

02/27/2015

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