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Potholes

Damage From Potholes, Icy Roads A Boon For Car Repair Shops

Icy conditions Friday night and the explosion in the number of potholes throughout the weekend have made for some pretty busy auto repair places.

01/13/2014

The Salvation Army creed is seen on a bell ringer's pole in front of a Kmart store December 2, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Several major national retailers have banned Salvation Army bell ringers, including Target stores. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Salvation Army Offers Head Start For Children

One of the Salvation Army’s many programs provides Head Start services to pre-schoolers.

12/13/2013

Fast food workers and others who make minimum wage protest outside the McDonald's in the Ukrainian Village, demanding a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Minimum Wage Workers Picket For Better Pay

Several protests have been scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, as part of a nationwide demonstration in favor of a higher federal minimum wage.

12/05/2013

Students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences prepare pumpkin pies for a Thanksgiving meal for 300 senior citizens. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Agricultural Students Cooking, Serving Thanksgiving Dinner For Seniors

Students at a Southwest Side high school have been putting their lessons into practice, as they work to provide Thanksgiving meals to 300 senior citizens on Tuesday.

11/26/2013

John F. Kennedy Jr wipes his eyes, near his mother Jacqueline Kennedy (L) at the funeral of his father, President John F. Kennedy, on Nov. 26, 1963. (Photo credit: STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Share Memories Of Kennedy Assassination

On this 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Chicagoans are remembering where they were at the time.

11/22/2013

Holiday shoppers pack the aisles. (credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

Police Warn Of Pickpockets Targeting Holiday Shoppers

With the holiday season just around the corner, downtown and the Near North Side soon will be crawling with shoppers and tourists, and people who don’t normally come into the city. They’ll also be crawling with something else: pickpockets.

11/20/2013

Michael Nichols, 41; his wife Kennetha Purnell, 38; their son Matthew, 13; and their daughter Morgan, 11, all died in their home in Merrillville, apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. (Photos supplied to CBS)

Family Of 4 Dies Of Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Merrillville

Police were called to the home Wednesday to conduct a well-being check, after relatives called to say they hadn’t heard from the family since Saturday.

10/16/2013

Tom Dart

Dart: Prosecute Bullies Who ‘Have Crossed Every Conceivable Line’

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he favors criminal prosecutions of school bullies who take things too far.

10/16/2013

(Credit: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

John Marshall Law School Expanding Veterans’ Clinic Offices Downtown

A ribbon-cutting was being held downtown on Thursday for a more spacious legal clinic for military veterans.

09/26/2013

Artistic rendering of UCAN's new campus in the North Lawndale neighborhood, which should be completed by the end of 2014. (Credit: UCAN)

Longtime Social Service Group Moving To New West Side HQ

A 144-year old social services group is moving its headquarters from the city’s North Side to a brand new facility in a blighted area of the West Side.

09/12/2013

Chicago seniors get ready for the "Senior Games" on the South Side. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

‘Senior Games’ Kick Off On South Side

The Chicago Park District’s “Senior Games” began Tuesday morning on the South Side, but hot weather was not much of a factor, despite the 90-plus temperatures.

09/10/2013

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Intense Heat Has Many Schools Canceling Class, Or Closing Early

With possible record-breaking heat on Tuesday, many local schools were planning to send kids home early, while others were closing altogether.

09/10/2013

The Des Plaines River floods well past its banks near Maywood and Oak Park, at Madison Street. (Photo courtesy Scott Davidson)

Army Corps Submits Preliminary Plan To Relieve Des Plaines River Flooding

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan would involve building levees, restoring some lands to their natural states as marshes or prairies, as well as flood-proofing some homes.

WBBM Newsradio–09/05/2013

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Labor Day Weekend Gas Prices Spike From Start Of Week, But Down From Last Year

About 2 million people are expected to hit the road for the Labor Day weekend, and in the Chicago area, they’ll be getting a big break on gas prices compared to last year, even though prices made their predictable holiday spike this week.

08/30/2013

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Summer Heat Prompting Some Schools To Close Early

The brutal heat has prompted some schools to end classes early on Tuesday, or cancel classes altogether.

08/27/2013

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Summer’s Almost Over For CPS Students; Classes Begin Monday

Chicago Public Schools officials are reminding parents and students that this is the last weekend of summer vacation; classes begin for all CPS students on Monday.

08/23/2013

5-month-old infant Joshua Summeries. (Credit: Zion Police)

Zion Police Fear The Worst In Missing Baby Case

Investigators have lots of questions, but not many answers in their search for a missing five-month-old boy in north suburban Zion.

08/22/2013

Expressway Traffic

Labor Day Travel Could Return To Pre-Recession Levels

Experts say the upcoming holiday could be the busiest Labor Day weekend for travel since the start of the recession in 2008.

WBBM Newsradio–08/20/2013

The Metra board of directors meets on Aug. 16, 2013, after five of its 11 members resigned, leaving just enough members for the quorum needed to take official action. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Metra Board Meets For First Time Since CEO’s Ouster

Plagued by scandal and a series of resignations, the Metra board met Friday, with barely enough members to get any work done.

08/16/2013

Court Generic

Ald. Smith Asks Residents To Go To Court To Help Fight Crime

A North Side alderman is making a case for people becoming court advocates, by showing up in court in cases involving their community, no matter how “minor” the alleged crime.

WBBM Newsradio–08/15/2013

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