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Republican Party's Elephant Symbol (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Chicago GOP To Launch ‘American Idol’ Style Search For Candidates

The Chicago Republican Party is kicking off a new effort to attract candidates citywide, and part of it involves an “American Idol-style” vetting process.

06/04/2013

Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Tom Ryan announces the union's support for an ordinance that would prevent banks from kicking out renters during foreclosure proceedings. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Firefighters Union Backs Ordinance To Allow Renters To Stay Put During Foreclosures

The union that represents Chicago firefighters is getting behind a proposal that would prevent banks from kicking out renters during foreclosure proceedings.

05/31/2013

A CTA shuttle bus drops off passengers who normally use the Red Line at the Garfield stop on the Green Line. Free shuttle buses are connecting CTA riders to the Green Line while the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line is shut down for a major reconstruction project. (Credit: CBS)

CTA: Red Line Work Going Well, But More Riders Should Use Shuttle Buses

The CTA said the first week of the Red Line South Reconstruction Project has gone smoothly, but it can go even smoother if riders follow a few suggestions.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2013

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Memorial Day Weekend Gas Prices Up From Last Year

In the Chicago area, the AAA says gasoline prices average $4.20 a gallon.

05/24/2013

Travelers stand in security lines at Midway International Airport on Thursday, at the start of the Memorial Day weekend travel frenzy. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Busy Holiday Weekend To Kick Off Summer Travel Season

The busy summer travel season got underway on Thursday, as many travelers got an early start to the Memorial Day weekend.

WBBM Newsradio–05/23/2013

People assess the damage after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide, touched down in the Oklahoma City area on Monday killing at least 51 people. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Illinois Requires Annual Severe Weather Drills At Schools

In case you’re wondering, after seeing the devastation in Oklahoma this week, Illinois schools are required by the State Board of Education to conduct severe weather drills once a year.

WBBM Newsradio–05/21/2013

Area around Big Bend Lake and the Des Plaines River in Des Plaines. Still in flood recovery mode one month after the Great Flood of 2013. (Photo by Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

A Month Later, Many Flood Victims Still Cleaning Up, Making Repairs

It has been one month since major flooding overwhelmed much of the Chicago area, but many of the victims are no closer to being able to return to their homes.

05/17/2013

Street vendor Donald Hatley works amid traffic on 87th Street near the Dan Ryan Red Line. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Red Line Reconstruction Work Could Force Street Vendors To Move Shop

When the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line begins Sunday, it could have a ripple effect on people who make their livings selling items on the street near CTA stations on the South Side.

WBBM Newsradio–05/15/2013

Same Sex Marriage

Religious Opponents Continue Campaign Against Same-Sex Marriage

About 200 ministers and others gathered in the south suburbs on Tuesday, day calling on the Illinois House to say “no” to legislation to legalize same-sex marriages.

05/14/2013

File photo of cars on a Chicago area highway (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

IDOT Secretary Urges Lawmakers To Reject 70 MPH Highway Speed Limit

The state’s top transportation official would like to slow momentum for a move to increase the top speed limit in Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–05/14/2013

Niles police recovered 12 chainsaws allegedly stolen from power tool stores in Michigan and Wisconsin. Ali Ivanov, 34, has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing the chainsaws and selling them on Craigslist. (Credit: Niles Police)

Man Arrested In Niles For Stealing, Selling Chainsaws

Niles police allege he worked with at least one other man and a couple women to lift expensive chainsaws from power tool stores in Michigan and Wisconsin.

05/13/2013

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Supporters, Critics Write Letters To Judge Ahead Of Jacksons’ Sentencing

As former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, await sentencing on corruption charges, several people have sent in letters in an effort to influence the punishment a federal judge will mete out in July.

WBBM Newsradio–05/08/2013

Students protest teacher firings outside Lincoln Park High School on Friday. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsradio)

Lincoln Park H.S. Students Walk Out To Protest Teacher Firings

A few hundred students staged a walkout Friday morning at Lincoln Park High School — one of the state’s top schools — to protest the firings of several teachers, as the school prepares to expand a rigorous program.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2013

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Commission Miscalculates Financial Aid Money, Reduces Grants For 10K Students

A miscalculation by a state agency could cost several thousand Illinois college students are losing some of their financial aid from the state, though colleges might make up the difference.

WBBM Newsradio–05/01/2013

Dozens of Chicago religious leaders urged city officials to resume free water service for non-profits. Churches and other charities received free water from the city for years, until 2011, and say the cost could force them to cut services for the needy. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Church Leaders Want City To Reinstate Free Water For Non-Profits

Dozens of Chicago area religious leaders held a news conference Tuesday morning in Bronzeville, saying that no longer getting free water service could force them to halt some services for the needy.

04/30/2013

Vanessa Mejia and Sendi Ocampo (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Girls Hit Boy With Ketchup Bottle, Rob Palatine Apartment

Three teenage girls have been charged, and police are searching for a fourth, after they allegedly hit a 12-year-old boy with a ketchup bottle; and stole cash, jewelry, and cell phones from the boy’s home in Palatine.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2013

Governor Quinn congratulating Golden Apple Award winner Katherine Dube, a 9th grade English teacher at TEAM Englewood High School this morning. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Golden Apple Award For Englewood Teacher Who Teaches Shakespearean Trash Talk

A freshman English teacher at a South Side high school has become the first of ten area teachers to be surprised in their schools with Golden Apple Awards.

04/29/2013

The front of a vacant restaurant in Hinsdale is boarded up, after a car crashed into the building on Washington Street on March 25, 2013, the third such crash in five weeks on the same block. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Hinsdale Might Install Barriers Downtown To Stop Cars From Hitting Buildings

Officials in west suburban Hinsdale are considering installing reinforced posts in the village’s downtown business district, as a way to prevent cars from jumping the curb and hitting buildings.

WBBM Newsradio–04/25/2013

Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

AAA: Flooding Has Gas Prices Going Back Up, But Temporarily

Chicago area gasoline prices have been on a roller coaster the past few weeks. Right now, they’re on the upswing, but analysts don’t expect the increase to last long.

WBBM Newsradio–04/25/2013

An Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. (James Zablotny/USDA Photo)

City To Treat 35,000 Trees To Protect Against Emerald Ash Borer

The city’s war against the tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer was kicked up quite a few notches on Wednesday.

WBBM Newsradio–04/24/2013

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