Bernie Tafoya

Two cyclists ride on the new Century Trail in DuPage County. (Credit: Facebook/Forest Preserve District of DuPage County)

DuPage Forest Preserves To Open New Century Trail

As part of its 100th anniversary, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District has put together a 100-mile biking and hiking trail linking existing trails.

07/09/2015

Retailers at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora hosted a job fair on July 9, 2015, as the mall prepared to open 50 new stores. (Credit: Facebook/Chicago Premium Outlets)

Expanding Aurora Outlet Mall Hosts Job Fair To Staff New Stores

Hundreds of jobs were up-for-grabs Thursday at a job fair in Aurora. Chicago Premium Outlets is expanding, with 50 new stores slated to open late next month.

07/09/2015

Amari Brown (Family Photo)

Pfleger: Shaming Father Of 7-Year-Old Murder Victim Might Be Counterproductive

Outspoken anti-violence activist Rev. Michael Pfleger said Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent might have gone too far in the past couple days, in their criticism of the father of a 7-year-old boy who was slain over the July 4th weekend.

07/08/2015

A general view of atmosphere during Fare Thee Well, A Tribute To The Grateful Dead at Soldier Field on July 3, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

Police Keep Focus Elsewhere As Deadheads Light Up For Final Shows

With more than 210,000 Deadheads crowding Soldier Field for three nights over the weekend, it should be no surprise there was a pervasive smell of marijuana in the air in and around the stadium as the Grateful Dead bid a final farewell to their fans.

07/07/2015

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Sen. Kirk Pushing To Maintain Funding For Grants Promoting Interest In Space, Science

Senator Mark Kirk says President Barack Obama wanted to cut, by a third, the Space Grant Program that funds research, education and service projects designed to promote an interest in space and the sciences.

07/06/2015

A general view of atmosphere during Fare Thee Well, A Tribute To The Grateful Dead at Soldier Field on July 3, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

Grateful Dead Shows Shatter Record For Soldier Field Ticket Sales

The long strange trip is over for The Grateful Dead, and their farewell shows have gone down in the record books as by far the most popular concerts in Soldier Field history.

07/06/2015

The auditorium on the second floor of the Riverside Town Hall might be named after the late Judy Baar Topinka, on the recommendation of a township committee. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Riverside Town Hall Won’t Bear Topinka’s Name, But Auditorium Might

Officials in Riverside Township want to name something in honor of late Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a Riverside native, but it won’t be the historic town hall. It might be the auditorium, instead.

07/02/2015

A person fired shots at a Pace paratransit bus Wednesday night. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Window On Pace Paratransit Bus Shattered By BB Pellet

Three or four passengers were on the bus around 11 p.m. Wednesday, as it was headed east on the Eisenhower near the Independence Boulevard exit, when someone fired a BB pellet that shattered a window, according to Pace and Illinois State Police.

07/02/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hundreds Protest Budget Cuts Proposed By Gov. Rauner Outside Thompson Center

More than 500 people gathered outside the Thompson Center downtown this morning against budget cuts proposed by Governor Rauner. Demonstrators say the cuts squarely hit the most vulnerable people in the state.

07/01/2015

Garage Sale sign (Getty Images)

Geneva Alderman Suggests Limits On Garage Sales

As the weather warms up, and garage sales and yard sales become a more common sight, an alderman in west suburban Geneva has suggested limiting how many such sales a resident can have each year.

07/01/2015

U.S. cash (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago’s Minimum Wage Rises To $10 An Hour

Minimum wage earners in Chicago will begin seeing a bump in their paychecks this month.

07/01/2015

Illinois House chamber in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

State Budget Deadline Looms With No Compromise In Sight

It’s a race against the clock in Springfield, with lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner facing a midnight deadline to reach a deal on the state budget so no state services are interrupted.

06/30/2015

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Thousands Of Chicago Youths Begin Summer Jobs With City

Thousands of young people began summer jobs with the City of Chicago today.

06/29/2015

Metra Train

Metra Dedicates Renovated Station In Flossmoor

Officials and residents expect big things from a newly-renovated Metra station that was dedicated Friday morning in south suburban Flossmoor.

06/26/2015

Rendering of the Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project in Armstrong Park, in Carol Stream. (Credit: DuPage County)

Are Vandals Trying To Sabotage DuPage County Flood Control Project?

DuPage County Board Member Jim Zay, who chairs the DuPage Water Commission, said it was thought at first that kids were behind the broken construction vehicle windows, doors, and control panels at Armstrong Park, where the Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project began a year ago.

06/25/2015

Hundreds of kids joined the Greater Chicago Food Depository, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Chicago Summer Meals Working Group to kick off Cook County's summer meals program on Wednesday at Dunbar Park. (Credit: Greater Chicago Food Depository)

Annual Summer Lunch Program For Needy Kids Launches In Chicago

Organizations that host free summer meal programs for needy children kicked off their annual effort to make sure those kids get healthy food at a time of year when they often struggle to get the nutrition they need.

06/24/2015

(Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Coal City Organizing Volunteers For Tornado Cleanup Effort

With lots of cleanup ahead in Coal City, after Monday night’s tornado, a special volunteer effort has been planned for Friday.

06/24/2015

(Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

At Least Three Tornadoes Hit Western And Southwestern Suburbs

National Weather Service crews were headed out Tuesday to try to confirm reports of up to six tornados touching down Monday in Grundy, LaSalle, Lee, and Will counties, including three already confirmed in Ottawa, Sublette, and Coal City.

06/23/2015

A barwoman pepares drinks behind an old radio at Beirut's iconic Jemmayzeh cafe on December 29, 2010. The 90-year-old traditional cafe, which remained open through out the 1975-90 civil war, will be closed down on January 10, following a court decision which approved a request by the building's new owner. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Local Amateur Radio Operators Preparing To Take Part In Worldwide Disaster Drill This Weekend

Amateur radio operators say they would be involved in emergency communications in that event and that’s why they’re conducting a worldwide drill this weekend.

06/22/2015

Crystal Lake Police and Illinois State Police investigate after a Crystal Lake officer shot a man early Monday morning. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Police: Crystal Lake Officer Shoots Knife-Wielding Suspect

A man was in critical condition Monday morning, after a Crystal Lake police officer shot him, when the man allegedly lunged at the officer with a knife.

06/22/2015

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