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Rochelle Tornado

Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

One man drowned, while another man and two children were rescued, after a canoe tipped over in Wooster Lake on Sunday. (Credit: Captured News)

Man Dies, Three People Rescued After Canoe Capsizes In Lake County

A man and two children were rescued, but another man died, after a canoe tipped over in a north suburban lake on Sunday.

04/13/2015

Crews search wreckage on the IL-72 after a tornado came through the town earlier in the day on April 9, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, seven people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2 Dead After Two Tornadoes Hit Near Rockford; Searches Of Rubble Resume

Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed two people have died in the tiny hamlet of Fairdale, Illinois, after a massive “wedge” tornado virtually destroyed the town.

04/09/2015

Dog Park

Evergreen Park Closes Dog Park Over Canine Flu Concerns

Happy Bark Dog Park at 91st and California in Evergreen Park will be a no-bark zone for at least a week or two.

04/09/2015

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“I Voted” Stickers A Thing Of The Past In Lake County

While voters in most suburban counties will receive an “I Voted” sticker in exchange for their completed ballot Tuesday, Lake County voters haven’t had the option to receive the coveted sticker in years.

04/07/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia make the rounds across Chicago on Monday, the last full day of campaigning before the runoff election in Chicago. (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Polls Closed For Historic Mayoral Election

After weeks of contentious campaigning, voters in Chicago were having their say Tuesday in the race for mayor, and 19 races for alderman.

04/07/2015

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Police: 12-Year-Old Girl Killed In Semi Rollover In Pingree Grove

Police said Dior Turner, of South Bend, Indiana, was driving a semi-trailer truck west on U.S. Route 20, when it left the road at Reinking Road, and rolled on its side around 5:15 a.m.

04/06/2015

Altgeld Gardens (Credit: Chicago Housing Authority)

CHA Getting $3M In Federal Funds For Jobs Program At Altgeld Gardens

The Altgeld Gardens public housing development on the South Side has been awarded $3 million by the federal government to use to train residents for the workforce and eventual self-sufficiency.

04/02/2015

Kamron Taylor (Credit: Kankakee County Sheriff)

Police Believe ‘Someone Is Helping’ Escaped Kankakee Convict

A massive manhunt continued early Thursday in central Illinois, a day after a 23-year-old convicted killer escaped from a Kankakee County jail by overpowering a guard and donning his uniform.

04/02/2015

Kamron Taylor (Credit: Kankakee County Sheriff)

Escaped Kankakee Convict Still At Large

A manhunt was underway in Kankakee County on Wednesday, after a convicted killer escaped from the county jail.

04/01/2015

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich leaves the alter following his Installation Mass of at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

“No Dibs” For Cupich’s Easter Sunday Mass In Tinley Park

There will be no “dibs” for seats in the pews at a Catholic church in Tinley Park on Easter Sunday, when Archbishop Blase Cupich will be celebrating Mass.

03/31/2015

Police Lights Police Car

Robbers Set Up Roadblock To Target Drivers In Fuller Park

Police said the robbers used a prop in at least two holdups in the Fuller Park neighborhood. They set up a road construction barrel in the street, and when a motorist gets out of his or her car to move it aside, the robbers pounce.

03/31/2015

Samiah Lomax (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Girl, 5, Found Safe After Abduction In University Park

Two people took Samiah Lomax from her grandmother’s home in University Park shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, according to Illinois State Police. It started with a home invasion, escalated into a physical fight, and ended with Samiah being abducted.

03/30/2015

Police Lights Police Car

Mom Thanks Cops For Sparing Son’s Life By Giving Cards, Stuffed Animals

A heartwarming yet bittersweet story about a police encounter in south suburban Dolton this week.

03/27/2015

Dogs!

DeKalb County Shelter Planning Facility For Aging Pets Of Seniors

Animal-loving senior citizens will no longer have to choose to give up their pets without ever seeing them again, if the DeKalb County Board approves a proposed animal shelter addition.

03/26/2015

Midway International Airport (CBS File Photo)

Does Mayor Emanuel Know Where Chicago’s Airports Got Their Names?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared to suggest renaming one of Chicago’s airports after President Barack Obama on Thursday, but also sounded confused about how the O’Hare and Midway got their current names.

03/26/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joins protesters demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees and contract workers. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Garcia, Teachers Call For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage At CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union has stepped up the fight to increase the minimum wage in Chicago, demanding better pay for non-union workers at the Chicago Public Schools, and mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has joined their effort.

03/25/2015

The trailer on this semi-truck buckled after hit hit the low bridge over Irving Park Road, east of York Road, in Bensenville on Monday. (Credit: Twitter/@KevinB1981)

Overpass On Irving Park Closed After Truckers Ignore Detour, Crash Into Bridge

A half-mile stretch of Irving Park Road near O’Hare International Airport has been closed to all traffic after truckers repeatedly ignored warnings about a low bridge, and crashed into a railroad overpass.

03/24/2015

State officials have closed a half-mile stretch of Irving Park Road, after trucks ignored low bridge warnings, and hit a railroad overpass near York Road. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Part Of Irving Park Road Closed After Trucks Hit Low Bridge Near O’Hare

The Illinois Department of Transportation had set up a detour for trucks on Irving Park Road at York Road in Bensenville, warning them of a low bridge at the new railroad flyover, which opened Sunday. Several truckers ignored the detour signs, and tried to get under the bridge anyway, but hit it instead.

03/24/2015

A lone flag on a snow-covered green at Big Run Golf Club in Lockport. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Spring Snow Puts Damper On Chicago Area Golfers

Many golfers have been starting to scratch that spring itch in the past week, that is, until the snow that dropped on the Chicago area Monday.

03/23/2015

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