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Study: Child Dies Every Three Weeks From Falling Television

A string of tragedies in the Chicago area over the past year prompted a safety advocacy group to look at the number of children killed or injured by falling televisions.

12/13/2012

Elzbieta Plackowska appears in court on Wednesday.  She entered a not guilty plea in the murders of her son and another child. (CBS)

Naperville Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Child Murders

A Naperville woman accused of killing her son and a little girl she was baby-sitting last month entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday–in the first-ever televised court proceeding in the Chicago area.

11/21/2012

Funny Bones Improv (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: Funny Bones Improv

CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield introduces us to some performers who believe laughter is the best medicine.

11/09/2012

Approximately 50,000 students at Chicago Public Schools, including these first graders, use iPads in some of their daily lessons. (Credit: CBS)

Does Using An iPad Hinder Kids’ Other Basic Skills?

There are more than 28,000 iPads being used in Chicago Public Schools, and some of the students who use them each day are as young as three years old. Is all that screen time good for toddlers, and their little hands? CBS 2’s Chris Martinez went to a Chicago classroom to find out.

CBS 2–11/07/2012

Aneta M. Marsek, 33, of Volo, Ill. and her two children – four-month-old Macenzie and Chevelle, 2 -- have been missing since Saturday, police say. (Lake County Sheriff's Department)

Police Seek Missing Mother And Her 2 Children

Aneta M. Marsek, 33, of Volo, Ill. and her two children – Chevelle, 2, and four-month-old Macenzie – have not been seen since Saturday evening, family members told Lake County sheriff’s police.

10/11/2012

Picture taken on October 29, 2010 in Paris of an alarm clock, as Europe moved to winter time at 0100 GMT on October 31, when clocks move back one hour. Clocks change in North America on November 7. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Health Problems In Children May Be Linked To Snoring

As CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports, snoring isn’t just annoying for the rest of the family. It could put your child’s health at risk.

10/04/2012

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Naperville Bicyclist Charged After Raging At Motorist Who Cut Him Off

A Naperville man has a date in court, facing charges in connection with a case of apparent bicycle rage.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

Kieran O' Brien

Teachers Picket Outside Schools Left Open For Alternative Programs

Parents have been taking their kids to 144 “Children First” sites for alternative activities and meals, but it turns out picketing teachers are showing up at the sites too.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2012

Tishona Polk

Gun Violence Leaves 4 More Chicago Youth Wounded

Four youngsters are among the latest victims caught in Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, including two middle school-aged girls who were wounded in a neighborhood park on the Far South Side.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2012

An alarming number of small children are having grown-up dental problems that require surgery. (CBS)

Preschoolers Plagued With Grown-Up Dental Problems

As CBS 2′s Mary Kay Kleist reports, a growing number of preschoolers have mouthfuls of cavities that require surgery to fix.

06/21/2012

Jesus E. Hernandez (Elgin Police Department)

Elgin Man Charged With Raping 10-Year-Old Girl, Woman

A northwest suburban man is being held on a $5 million bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and her older cousin who were visiting his home Thursday.

05/18/2012

Rogers Park Attempted Abductors

Police Search For Would-Be Abductors In Rogers Park

Families in the Rogers Park neighborhood are being told to keep an eye out, as police search for two men who tried to abduct multiple children – the youngest just 4 years old.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

(credit: Hyacynth Worth)

Guide To Costume Creating For Kids

Creative and imaginative play often comes naturally from the ever-learning-and-exploring minds of children, so there’s oftentimes no need to spend a whole lot of money on costumes or accessories. Here’s a simple guide to gathering resources for a costume and scene-setting trunk that will keep your little ones’ play time running wild even if there’s a return to indoor play with Chicago weather featuring characteristic all-day rains that are typical for our Midwestern spring.

04/04/2012

Lego City Public Transport

Top Seven Kid-Friendy Stores On Michigan Avenue

Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue is the place to shop ‘til you drop. From high-end boutiques to funky fashion hotspots, there’s a shop to satisfy everyone. Even kids will find a shop or two that meets their wildest shopping dreams. Here are my top seven picks for fun and kid-friendly shops on the Magnificent Mile.

03/30/2012

Wreckage remains at the scene of a high-impact crash at 45th and Western that left two children dead Saturday. (CBS)

Driver Fleeing Accident Plows Into 2nd Car, 2 Children Killed

A horrific scene played out on the Southwest Side Saturday evening after a hit-and-run driver fled one accident only to plow into a second car, killing a toddler and her 5-year-old brother inside.

03/24/2012

(File Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

Guide To Choosing A Pediatrician

Oftentimes, it’s one of the last things to cross a newly pregnant mother’s mind, but finding the right pediatrician before baby meets the world can help ease the new mom and dad into parenthood by having a trusted practitioner on their side the moment baby arrives. Here’s a guide to finding the right practitioner for your family.

03/21/2012

(CBS Local)

Uptown Couple Charged With Leaving Kids Home Alone For 2 Days

An Uptown neighborhood couple turned themselves into police Tuesday, after allegedly leaving their kids home alone for two days.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Movie theatre seats (Brendon Thorne/ Getty Images)

Children No Longer Allowed Into “R” Rated Movies At Some Local Theatres

It’s an unprecedented move in the Chicago area. Starting Saturday, the Classic Cinema chain will no longer allow children under age six into “R” rated movies. This includes theatres in 13 locations, 100 screens.

03/03/2012

An M&M sold in the United States (left) contains food dye that makes it brighter compared to its European counterpart. (CBS)

Food Dyes Suspected Of Causing Behavioral Problems In Kids

Concerns about synthetic food dyes led many manufacturers in Europe to stop using then. But as CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, the dyes are used here in everything from cereal to crackers to toothpaste.

02/27/2012

Red Light Cameras

Alderman Questions Plan To Use Cameras To Catch Speeders

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to use cameras to catch speeders near schools and parks might have run into a minor roadblock.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

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