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Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

After 3 Months Running Archdiocese, Cupich Still Learning To Balance His Time

Three months into his tenure has head of the Catholic Church in Chicago, Archbishop Blase Cupich said he wishes there were 10 days to a week, instead of seven, with all that he’d like to accomplish.

02/18/2015

Archbishop Blase Cupich announces the Festival of Forgiveness, a 24-hour observation of confession on Feb. 27 and 28, as part of Lent. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/ WBBM)

24 Catholic Churches To Celebrate Daylong “Festival Of Forgiveness”

As part of Lent, Archbishop Blase Cupich has announced two dozen Chicago area churches will be open for 24 hours next week, so local Catholics can seek penance and healing for their sins.

02/18/2015

Home Foreclosure (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Demonstrators March Outside Bank In Support Of Senior Citizen Facing Foreclosure

A senior citizen who house is being foreclosed on made a last ditch effort today to try to stay in his house as protesters outside the bank made their feelings known, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

02/17/2015

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Mardi Gras Brings Out The Crowds For Paczki Day

Mardi Gras is here, which means it’s also Paczki Day, and a rush of hungry customers lining up at Chicago area bakeries for a taste of the decadent Polish pastries.

02/17/2015

A Water Management Department worker uses steam to heat a frozen hydrant, so firefighters can battle an extra-alarm fire in Chatham. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Firefighters Battle Flames, Frozen Hydrants In Chatham

The fire started around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday in a vacant three-flat in the 7900 block of South Drexel Avenue. When crews arrived, nearby hydrants were frozen solid, so the Fire Department had to call in Water Management Department crews to heat the hydrants with steam, and get water flowing.

02/17/2015

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Suburban Man To Ask Congress For More Funds For Bone Marrow Program

A northwest suburban man will travel to Washington D.C. in a couple of weeks to encourage Congress to continue funding for an organization that has proven to be a lifesaver.

02/16/2015

Roberto Madrigal (Credit: Chicago Police)

Suspect Charged With Murder Of 13-Year-Old Boy

Anthony Diaz, 13, was killed in front of his 16- and 17-year-old sisters Sunday night, after the sisters went out to fight someone over an argument that started on Facebook. Prosecutors said 18-year-old Roberto Madrigal walked up and shot Anthony. Madrigal has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.

02/13/2015

Evergreen Park Little League vice president Chris Janes. (Credit: CBS)

JRW Rival Denies Forging Documents So Chicago Kid Could Play In Evergreen Park

The Evergreen Park Little League official whose raised concerns about the eligibility of some players on the Jackie Robinson West all-star team has vehemently denied allegations from a Chicago woman that Evergreen Park officials forged documents so her son could play there in 2011.

02/12/2015

Jackie Robinson West All-Stars celebrate a home  by Pierce Jones earlier in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Facebook)

Jackie Robinson West Stripped Of National Title

Little League Internationals officials have stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team of its national title from last summer’s Little League World Series, for allegedly adding top suburban players in violation of residency rules.

02/11/2015

Two bald eaglets that have been raised at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington were released to the wild on Nov. 12, 2011. (Photo courtesy Phil Hampel)

Wildlife Rescue Group Seeking “Good Samaritan” Law In Illinois

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center executive director Dawn Keller said, under current Illinois law, even if you just picked up an injured or sick wild animal and took it to a center like Flint Creek, you could face arrest.

02/10/2015

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Waukegan Woman’s House Shot Up After Woman Killed Dog

A Waukegan woman said she believes she was the victim of retaliation, after she shot and killed a pit bull that was attacking another dog she was watching.

02/10/2015

Texting While Driving

AAA: Many Motorists Have “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” Attitude Toward Risky Driving

A new survey has found a significant percentage of drivers taking chances on the road, even though they believe those kinds of behaviors are dangerous.

02/10/2015

Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson (left) is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow (right), who led the team which successfully prosecuted Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections/Getty Images)

Peterson Charged With Trying To Hire Hitman To Kill Prosecutor

In prison for killing his third wife, Drew Peterson has been charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill the prosecutor who put him there.

02/09/2015

Anthony Diaz (Supplied photo)

Boy, 13, Shot And Killed In Belmont-Cragin

A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in front of his sisters in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood late Sunday, and his family said the shooting might have been the result of a post on Facebook.

02/09/2015

Anne Larson dug out the fire hydrant near her house, so firefighters could see where it is after the blizzard buried it. (Credit: Anne Larson)

Fire Department Asking Chicagoans To “Adopt” Hydrants And Clear Snow

With snow piled high on many parkways in the city, the Chicago Fire Department has asked residents to give firefighters a helping hand, by digging out hydrants on their blocks.

02/06/2015

Several carriages were burned in a fire at Noble Horse Theatre in Old Town. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Carriages Damaged In Fire At Noble Horse Theatre

No horses or people were injured in the blaze, which was mostly contained to a garage and storage area away from where the horses are kept. The horses were not exposed to smoke or flames.

02/06/2015

A Mariano's sign. (CBS)

Bronzeville Residents Slam CHA For Giving Public Housing Land To Mariano’s

South Side residents expressed frustration Thursday with the pace of replacing public housing that was torn down at the site of what will become a Mariano’s grocery store in Bronzeville.

02/05/2015

Vincent Juarez urges on his dogs at Swallow Cliff Woods, taking advantage of the recent blizzard to train for a dogsledding race in Michigan. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Snowy Landscape Makes Perfect Dogsledding Conditions

At Swallow Cliff Woods in Palos Park – which is best known for the 125-step stair climb and the toboggan run that has been closed for more than a decade – Vincent Juarez stood on the back of a sled, pulled by his three dogs.

02/04/2015

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Gas Prices Creeping Back Up

If you’ve filled up your tank in the past few days, you’ve probably noticed prices at the pump have started rising again.

02/04/2015

Smart phone user (CBS)

Oak Lawn Students Design App To Help Alzheimer’s Patients

A group of kids from Oak Lawn had hoped to learn it would be named one of the winners in Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge. A school from Kentucky beat out the kids from St. Catherine of Alexandria School, who designed the Remember Me app, to help those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

02/03/2015

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