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Our Lady of Victory School drew inspiration from the Blues Brothers and Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones in its effort to raise $400,000 in two weeks -- and $400,000 a year going forward -- to stay open. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

2 Catholic Schools Say They’ve Hit Fundraising Goals To Stay Open

Two of the six schools slated to be closed in June by the Chicago Archdiocese have been given a new lease on life.

01/24/2014

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Musician Suing CTA Over Damaged Viola

A judge has set a Feb. 18 trial date in a dispute between a musician and the CTA over a damaged viola.

01/24/2014

The Harley-Clarke Mansion, near Lighthouse Landing Park in Evanston. (Credit: Facebook)

New Plan Would Turn Historic Mansion Into Offices, Education Center

Roughly 100 Evanston residents Wednesday night applauded a proposal to lease a historic mansion on Evanston’s lakefront to the state’s coastal management program for its offices and an education center.

01/16/2014

UP West Metra Train

Lack Of Spare Train Cars Means Crowded Rides On Metra

This will be another crowded day on many rush-hour Metra trains, and it appears that riders will have to endure shorter, and in many cases more crowded, trains at least through Friday.

01/15/2014

The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Provides A Helping Hand To Families In Need

WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts spoke with one such mother, Antoinette Currin, a mother of eight who had no place else to turn.

12/13/2013

ComEd Power Yard

ComEd Crews To Help Little Rock In Face Of Ice Storm

ComEd Friday dispatched 50 linemen and support personnel, and several dozen trucks, 650 miles south of Chicago to help the local utility cope with an ice storm that is expected to coat the Little Rock, Ark., area with as much as an inch of ice.

12/06/2013

Will County Courthouse (Credit: Village Of Frankfort Website)

Will County Workers Back On The Job After Approving Contract

The new contract includes cost-of-living salary increases of 4-1/2 percent over the next three years. A new salary schedule will move many employees up two steps on the pay scale in June 2015, resulting in an additional raise.

12/06/2013

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Local Mandela Biographer: A Triumphant End To Triumphant Life

Douglas Foster said that Mandela died what many would consider to be an ideal death: with his family at his side, and only after years of preparing the people and politicians of South Africa for his passing.

12/05/2013

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Family Of Woman Who Died In Childbirth Awarded $15.5 Million

The pregnancy was the second for 33-year-old Karen Lopez, a teacher at Morton East High School, and she was deemed high-risk.

11/22/2013

Ventra reader (CBS)

CTA Union: Ventra System Allowing Commuters To Ride For Free

A union official on Thursday showed reporters a photograph of a Ventra card that worked –- despite having a negative balance of $272.50.

11/21/2013

Police Headquarters

Suspect Tries To Abduct Woman In Brighton Park: Police

The 23-year-old victim was walking alone on the 2500 block of West 42nd Street when the attacker stopped his pickup truck and tried to drag her into it. When she broke free, he jumped back into the truck and sped off, she told police.

11/07/2013

(File Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

Alderman Defends Proposed Bicycle Licensing Fee

(CBS) — Near South Side Ald. Pat Dowell said Thursday that she has been inundated since proposing an annual $25 licensing fee for bicycles. Dowell said she did not realize she would be “stepping into […]

10/24/2013

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After More Quarreling, RTA Board Keeps Historic Funding Levels Intact

The agreement kept intact the historic division of the supposedly discretionary funds: 98 percent to the CTA, 2 percent to Pace, while essentially forgiving a $56 million loan to the CTA that CTA has characterized as a grant and offering Metra $2 million for capital projects.

10/17/2013

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Extending 31st Street Bus West To Cicero

After a 13-month test, the CTA’s board Wednesday approved permanent extension of its No. 35 31st/35th bus route along 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero, but that’s not what a roomful of protesters wanted.

10/10/2013

Nick Steward. (Credit: Facebook)

Car Of Missing Lake Villa Man Found In Vernon Hills

Nick Steward, 33, disappeared Sept. 20 after leaving work in Wood Dale. He headed home for Lake Villa but never made it.

10/03/2013

Jose E. Reyes (Mundelein Police Dept.)

Suspect Arrested In Mundelein Child Abduction

Police have arrested a man suspected of abducting a 3-year-old north suburban girl on Monday and returning her a short time later.

10/03/2013

Investigators examine wreckage from a plane that crashed in a Bolingbrook parking lot on Wednesday. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS)

NTSB: Pilot In Bolingbrook Crash May Have Come In Too Fast

Eyewitnesses said the single-engine plane appeared to do a “touch-and-go,” circled and crashed several hundred feet short of the runway. Both people aboard died.

09/26/2013

A CTA Red Line train pulls into the Cermak/Chinatown stop. (Credit: CBS)

Red Line South Reconstruction To Be Completed In Five Weeks

Reopening of the line is expected no later than Oct. 19.

09/16/2013

NASCAR Legend Gives Keys To Free Home To War Vet

A two-tour veteran of the war in Afghistan, his wife and five-year-old son received the gift of a lifetime Thursday: a free home.

09/12/2013

A signature feature of Millennium Park, Crown Fountain, was missing its faces this week. (CBS)

Fountain Fail: Giant Face Projections Missing From Millenium Park

Software technicians worked all day Thursday and Friday to try to get everything to run the way Spanish artist Jaume Plensa intended.

09/06/2013

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