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Why You May Have Gotten An Emergency Phone Alert Last Night

In the early hours of Friday morning, thousands of Chicagoans were woken with a startling sound of an emergency alert coming from their phones.

08/22/2014

A window was smashed and cell phones were stolen from the Best Buy at the Hancock Center early Thursday. (Credit: CBS)

Window Broken, Cell Phones Stolen At Mag Mile Best Buy

Around 4:30 a.m., police responded to a burglar alarm at the Best Buy in the Hancock Center, at 800 N. Michigan Av. Officers discovered a broken window, and searched the building, discovering an unknown number of cell phones had been stolen.

08/21/2014

A SafeCharge cell phone battery charging station at a Chicago bar. (Credit: Nancy Harty/CBS)

Made In Chicago: SafeCharge

It’s a safe place to charge your cellphone while you’re out. Dave Adams and a friend sketched out on a napkin an idea for what would become SafeCharge, essentially a locker for your phone, with battery chargers to accommodate any phone made in the last 16 years.

08/04/2014

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Lombard Police Cracking Down On Drivers Using Handheld Cell Phones

Lombard Police say they are cracking down on drivers using hand held cell phones, reports WBBM’s Kimberly Easton.

07/29/2014

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Better Business Bureau Warns Of ‘One Ring’ Cell Phone Scam

Dubbed the “One Ring” scam, a computer sends thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, rings once, and then disconnects. Curious customers who return the missed call could be charged $19.95 for an international call fee and an additional $9 per-minute charge.

01/29/2014

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Police Warn Of Robberies On Near South Side

Boys between the ages of 10 and 16 are approaching citizens and forcibly taking away their cell phones or money, a statement from police said.

12/05/2013

A man talks on his cell phone while driving.(Photo credit: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Passes Ban On Handheld Cell Phones While Driving

The proposal says drivers must use hands-free devices or speakerphone features.

05/24/2013

Leighton Criminal Courts Building (CBS)

County To Begin Enforcing Courthouse Cell Phone Ban At 26th & Cal

Following a three-month grace period, Cook County will begin phasing in a ban on cell phones and other Internet-capable electronic devices at courthouses next week, starting with the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2013

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Confusion Over Start Of Cell Phone Ban At Cook County Courthouses

Monday was supposed to be the beginning of the no-cell phone policy, but on Friday the chief judge’s office said there would be a three-month grace period. Thus, perhaps, the confusion.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2013

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Judge Re-Thinking Courthouse Cell Phone Ban, With Domestic Violence Victims In Mind

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans says a major impetus for restricting cell phones is the activity of gang members, who have used cell phones to take pictures of witnesses. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

01/04/2013

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Police Warn Of Cell Phone Thefts From Mag Mile Restaurants

The distraction techniques of the thieves are brazen, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/03/2013

This surveillance image shows a partially disguised man robbing an Elgin T-Mobile store. (CBS)

Armed Robber Ties Up T-Mobile Store Employees, Flees With More Than 100 Phones

A man took off with more than a hundred cells phones when he robbed a T-Mobile store at gunpoint in northwest suburban Elgin on Thursday – a crime captured on surveillance video.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2012

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Robbers Striking In Broad Daylight In Loop, River North, Old Town

Police are searching for a robber who has been targeting victims downtown and on the Near North Side in broad daylight in recent weeks.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

BuzziSpace sales director Daniel Verlooven shows off the BuzziHood, which is like a combination of a phone booth and a cone of silence for cell phone users. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

NeoCon Shows Off New Phone Booth For Cell Phones

Wednesday is the last day of NeoCon at the Merchandise Mart – the event where manufacturers show off everything for office interiors.

06/13/2012

Photo Of Parking Space (AP Photo)

O’Hare Upgrade Would Let You Find And Pay For Parking With Your Phone

Drivers using O’Hare Airport’s 25,000 parking spaces might soon be able to use their cell phones to find empty spaces and credit cards to “pay on foot” before they exit, thanks to a technology upgrade in the works.

05/06/2012

Driver On Cell Phone

Vernon Hills Students Warn Of Dangers Of Driving And Cell Phones

Nearly a dozen students from Vernon Hills High School were getting the word out to drivers Wednesday – school zones are no-cell phone zones in Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–02/15/2012

Ald. Ricardo Munoz

Alderman Seeks To Keep Police From Blocking Wireless Signals During Summits

At the City Council meeting Wednesday, an alderman will propose police keep their hands off the controls of downtown cell phone signals during expected protests this spring.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

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Students’ Text Messages Probed In Drug Case At Stevenson High School

Drug peddling and abuse are the focuses of an investigation underway at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and authorities have been reading students’ text messages as part of the case.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2012

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Cops Warn Restaurants About Orders Called In From Cell Phones

A rash of robberies against delivery drivers has prompted Chicago police to warn restaurants about orders from cellular phones. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.

12/29/2011

Cell Phone Camera

Channahon Telecom Tax Kicks In Early Due To Misunderstanding

A misunderstanding has led to an earlier-than-planned implementation of a telecommunications tax in Channahon.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2011

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