Bob Roberts

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

CTA Budget For 2015 Includes No Fare Hikes, Service Cuts

The $1.44 billion budget, released Monday, holds the line on base fares, projects a modest .7 percent increase in ridership, and adds service on five rapid transit lines — taking advantage of the hundreds of new ‘L’ cars that have been added to the fleet.

10/27/2014

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

Negotiations To Resume As Waukegan Teachers’ Strike Continues

Negotiators return to the table at 10 a.m. Monday in search of a breakthrough in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60. Classes remain cancelled.

10/27/2014

A screen capture of the "Back Off Bullies" game. (Credit: Motorola Mobility.)

Sen. Kirk Works With Students To Develop Anti-Bullying Game App

A game app for Android smart phones has been created by kids, for kids, to combat bullying. And it’s coming to a school near you.

10/25/2014

Waukegan Teachers Strike

Negotiators In Waukegan Teachers Strike Won’t Resume Talking Until Monday

Negotiators will take the weekend off in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60, and Monday classes have been cancelled.

10/24/2014

U.S. Army reservists with the 300th Personnel Company returned to Forest Park from Afghanistan on Thursday, and were honored at a dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone, at center. (Credit: Facebook)

Forest Park Reservists Back Home From Afghanistan

The Forest Park-based unit’s primary job was to deliver mail and packages, sell stamps and process money orders for those fighting. They were honored Thursday night at a pasta-and-sausage dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.

10/24/2014

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

Waukegan Schools Won’t Open Immediately, Even If Teachers Strike Ends: Officials

The first stumbling block is food. Federal law requires the district to have milk on hand for all 17,000 students, along with nutritious food.

10/23/2014

Man Flashes Teen Girl In Lincoln Park

In a note e-mailed to parents, Lincoln Park High School Principal Michael Boraz wrote that the man exposed himself near the corner of Orchard and Willow Streets, while the girl walked to school Monday morning.

10/23/2014

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Left) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Oberweis Square Off In Only Televised Debate

Senator Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis squared off in their only televised debate. WBBM’s Bob Roberts says there was one recurring theme.

10/22/2014

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

Talks Continue Wednesday Amid Waukegan Teachers’ Strike

For much of the day Tuesday, Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 chief negotiator Tony Ficarelli said he believed that progress was being made in talks with the Lake County Federation of Teachers, but in the end it proved to be a mirage.

10/22/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Guard Charged With Scheming To Smuggle Pot Into Jail Through Sandwiches

The FBI has put the bite on a Cook County Jail guard and a Chicago 911 supervisor and five others, for attempting to smuggle contraband into the jail, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

10/21/2014

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No School Wednesday In Waukegan As Teachers Strike Continues

Talks between the Waukegan school district and teachers ended without a deal Tuesday night in an attempt to end the nearly three-week-old strike. The school district says school has been cancelled Wednesday.

10/21/2014

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, addresses the media Friday about Ebola preparedness. (CBS)

State Officials: Illinois Is Ebola-Free, And Ready For Any Cases

Gov. Pat Quinn was expected to form an Ebola task force and announce members next week, officials said.

10/17/2014

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

New App Will Allow Ventra Users To Manage Account On Their Smart Phone

Metra riders are used to carrying a ticket and tucking that paper under the metal tab in front of you. But CBS 2′s Ed Curran says a new app will soon let you buy a ticket for Metra on your phone and keep it there.

10/15/2014

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

Waukegan Teachers Strike Continues Wednesday

Classes are canceled Wednesday, for a 10th day in Waukegan District 60, even as negotiations resumed in an attempt to reach tentative agreement on a new contract.

10/14/2014

Ebola virus. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

Doctors Should Make House Call In Case Of Ebola: Expert

CHICAGO (CBS) — A University of Chicago expert says if Ebola strikes here, teams of doctors and technicians should be sent to the home, instead of sending the patients to the hospital. UC Center for […]

10/13/2014

Ebola virus. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

Ebola Victim’s Family Brought To Chicago, Speak Out Over His Treatment

The mother and nephew of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan have been brought to Chicago by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who is advising them. And they’re speaking out.

10/11/2014

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

Deal To End Waukegan Teachers Strike May Be Near

Talks went so well Friday that the two sides issued a joint statement in which they said “the sides were able to reach tentative agreements on several significant issues.”

10/10/2014

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

No School Friday For Waukegan School District Where Teachers Are Striking

Labor negotiations resumed Thursday night following an angry exchange of accusations in the six-day-old strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60 schools.

10/09/2014

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Metra Seeking Annual Fare Hikes Over Next Decade, Including Nearly 11 Percent Next Year

Chicago-area commuters have never seen anything like it. Metra has proposed fare increases averaging 10.8 percent, starting in February, with the guarantee of additional increases every year through 2024.

10/09/2014

Doctor Generic

Right-To-Die Conference In Chicago Draws Protest

Advocates for assisted suicide from around the world are meeting in Streeterville, while opponents are protesting outside. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.

09/18/2014

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