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O’Hare Travelers Getting An Earful From Daylong Fire Alarm Test

Going to the airport can be enough of a chore in and of itself, but on Thursday, travelers at O’hare International Airport will have to endure the extra headache of listening to fire alarms going off all day.

10/09/2014

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Waukegan Teachers Blast Halt To Health Insurance As Strike Enters Week Two

When teachers for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 walked off the job one week ago, the district stopped paying their insurance premiums. The district gave teachers the option of continuing their coverage by paying 100 percent of their own premiums.

10/09/2014

Emanuel Mark was a Latvian immigrant who became an American citizen and enlisted in the Army in World War II.  (Credit: Purple Hearts Reunited)

While Installing Pacemaker, Doctors Find Shrapnel That Wounded WWII Vet

A 94-year old World War II veteran who received his Purple Heart 70 years late this August underwent surgery recently, and doctors found a piece of the shrapnel that wounded him.

10/07/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Teachers Strike Continues Into Friday

Teachers in one of the state’s largest school districts have gone on strike, after contract talks stalled in north suburban Waukegan.

10/02/2014

With less than a week until Hot Doug's closes for good, fans have taken to lining up several hours before the store opens each day to get one of their gourmet hot dogs. (Credit Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Hot Doug’s Fans Line Up For Final Week Of Gourmet Dogs

Most people are having breakfast this time of day, but a number of people already have lunch on their minds as they line up at Hot Doug’s Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium, which is closing for good on Friday.

09/30/2014

One of eight dogs rescued from the Dolton Animal Hospital. Four other dogs were found dead. (Credit: Animal Welfare League)

Shelter To Inspect Potential Foster Homes Before Giving Out Rescued Dogs

Many people have called the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge since Sunday, hoping to adopt one of the eight dogs taken there from the Dolton Animal Hospital.

09/25/2014

A hijacked commercial plane approaches the World Trade Center shortly before crashing into the landmark skyscraper Sept. 11, 2001 in New York. (SETH MCALLISTER/AFP/Getty Images)

9/11 Survivors And Relatives Strive To Honor Victims

A northwest Indiana man who survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center 13 years ago said the fight against terrorism is a never-ending battle.

09/11/2014

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Norridge Man Explains Why He Urinated Into Open Sunroof Of Car

A 36-year-old man who was charged with urinating into a woman’s car over the weekend was speaking out Wednesday

09/10/2014

Shari Hecker places a sandbag at the foot of her basement door, in case of any possible flooding from Wednesday's rain.  Her basement got more than 30 inches of water during a larger storm on Aug. 22, and she and other Burbank residents feared a repeat from Wednesday's storm. (Credit: CBS)

Burbank Residents Fear More Flooding From Latest Storm

Rain fell steadily across the Chicago area Wednesday morning, and though the storm system has begun clearing out as it heads east, more rain could be on the way Wednesday evening.

09/10/2014

Eriana Smith, Carlvon Clark, Shamarion Clark, and Carliysia Clark (left to right) were killed in a fire at their Roseland apartment early Monday. (Family photos)

4 Kids Dead, 2 Adults Injured In Roseland Fire

Four children were killed and two adults were seriously injured in an apartment fire early Monday in the Roseland neighborhood.

09/08/2014

Fans flocked to Dick's Sporting Goods in the South Loop to buy the 7,000 limited edition T-shirts celebrating the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who won the U.S. national title in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Hundreds Swarm South Loop Store For Jackie Robinson West T-Shirts

Dick’s Sporting Goods made 7,000 bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with “National Champions 2014 Jackie Robinson West” to celebrate the Little League team’s national title in the Little League World Series.

08/26/2014

Residents in southwest suburban Burbank wade through a heavily flooded street. According to the National Weather Service, more than 4.5 inches of rain fell in the area from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Southwest Suburbs Hit Hardest By Flooding; Burbank Schools Closed

Heavy rains have caused major flooding across much of the Chicago area overnight, especially in the southwest suburbs, where at least two school districts were forced to cancel classes at all its schools.

08/22/2014

One of two suspects who took eight people hostage in Harvey is taken into custody Wednesday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Harvey Hostages Rescued, Suspects In Custody

Four remaining hostages who had been held captive for nearly 21 hours have been set free, and two suspects who engaged in a standoff with police in south suburban Harvey have been taken into custody Wednesday morning.

08/20/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn stands with members of the Brooks College Prep high school football team as he prepares to sign legislation requiring high school coaches to take online training on handling concussions. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Quinn Signs Concussion Training Mandate For High School Coaches

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring high school coaches to receive training in prevention of and reaction to concussions.

08/19/2014

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City Expanding Computer Technology To Get Rid Of Rats

Rat poison might still be the best way to get rid of scurrying vermin, but knowing where to place the bait is a big challenge, one city officials believe can be solved with a 21st century approach: computerized data analysis.

08/15/2014

Illinois State Troopers arrive at a Chicago Police 11th District station to help catch fugitives in Chicago. (Credit: Brad Edwards)

State Troopers Begin Work To Help Chicago Cops Catch Crooks

A small cadre of reinforcements has arrived for Chicago police, as dozens Illinois State Police troopers have begun their mission of helping track down wanted criminals.

08/14/2014

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New School Year Already Underway For Some Districts

Believe it or not, the new school year has started for many students, even though we’re not even halfway through August.

08/12/2014

Then-Bills quarterback Trent Edwards after suffering a concussion in 2008. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Concussion Focus Obscures High School Football Risk

The IHSA is obscuring the truth on concussions, a detriment to all involved.

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Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Pfleger Organizing Gun Turn-In Program For Young Adults

Activist priest Fr. Michael Pfleger has planned another gun buyback program, but his latest effort to get guns off the streets has a twist.

07/31/2014

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Are Days Numbered For Red-Light Cameras?

Reports of red light camera “ticket spikes” for thousands of motorists have energized those who have long opposed traffic enforcement cameras.

07/25/2014

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