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Lawmakers Debate Lowering Mandatory School Age From 7 To 6

The Illinois Senate has passed a measure that would require parents to send their kids to school before their 7th birthday, in a vote that broke down along party lines.


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Western Springs Police: Couple Tried To Lure Youngsters

Deputy Chief of Police Brian Budds says the goal appears to be “to lure these youths into the car and cause them harm.”


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Vigil Protests Hundreds Of Chicago Children Lost To Violence

(CBS) — Several hundred people turned out for an evening rally and march Friday from Saint James Episcopal Cathedral, just off the Magnificent Mile, to Stroger Hospital. The protesters in the second annual “CrossWalk” attempted […]


Doctors In Chicago Work To Make Kids Less Sensitive To Food Allergies

Medical researchers from around the world, and here in Chicago, are working on ways to make children less sensitive to the foods they’re allergic to.


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Jukebox Jury: Do Kids Need Their Own Music?

Welcome to Jukebox Jury, our new music debate show where experts face off and a jury of fans decides the winner. THE CASE: If you’ve ever seen a newborn in a onesie emblazoned with a […]


Study: Kids Left Alone While Adults Gamble

As lawmakers in Springfield take another shot at a gambling expansion bill, there’s a new look out at the behavior of gamblers.


The fire occurred at about 4:30 a.m. on the  4200 block of West 21st Place. (Credit CBS)

Lawndale Fire Being Investigated For Arson

Four of the victims suffered severe burns and two people died.


Firefighters cut the bars off a window of a burning home in the 6400 block of South Paulina Avenue in an attempt to reach two young children trapped inside. Both died in the fire, authorities said. (Credit: Chicago Fire Media Affairs)

Two Children Killed In West Englewood Fire

Firefighters used a saw to cut the bars off a basement window to try and reach the children, but were unable to rescue them.


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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.


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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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