Terry Ayala (Aurora Police Department)

Police: Man Burglarized Two Aurora Churches

Terry Ayala, 48, was charged with burglary to a place of worship and unlawful use of a credit card, both felonies, according to a statement from the Aurora Police Department.


In this screen grab, the song "Sweet Home Alabama" plays from an unmarked police car during a racial-injustice march. (YouTube)

Chicago Cop Car Blares ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Alongside Black Protesters

Was it a bad a choice of an iconic song? Or was it a racist message to weekend protesters? CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.


Rev. Ira Acree explains how his church members will stage a protest on Sunday. (CBS)

On Sunday, Churches Across Chicago Will Join Police-Brutality Protests

A number of churches are planning peaceful protests on Sunday in response to the death of unarmed black suspects in police confrontations across the U.S.


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Man Charged With Stealing From Church Donation Baskets

David A. Kost, 28, of Orland Park, was charged with two felony counts of theft from a place of worship, and one count of misdemeanor theft.


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State Sen. Wants Concealed Guns Banned In Churches

State Senator Dan Kotowski, a Democrat from Park Ridge and a former gun control lobbyist, wants churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of prayer exempted from places where eligible gun owners will be allowed to carry concealed weapons.


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Austin Churches Form Teen Program To Curb Violence

Eleven churches from the west side Austin neighborhood hope to curb violence in the community by reaching out one-on-one to teens.


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Chicago Churches Comforting Mourners After Newtown Tragedy

Churches in Chicago have been a gathering place today for people looking for comfort, and answers.


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Pastors To Open Churches In Event Of Teacher Strike

Dozens of churches in the city say they plan to be open for Chicago Public Schools students next week if teachers go on strike Monday morning.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2012

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CPS Launches Summer Safe Haven Program

The Chicago Public Schools and 60 area churches are partnering up to try to keep kids safe this summer.


Quinn Chapel AME Church, at 24th Street and Wabash Avenue, is the city's oldest African-American church. (Credit: CBS)

2 Churches Near McCormick Not Holding Services During NATO Summit

Churches near McCormick place are taking steps to deal with the upcoming NATO summit. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports there will be no Sunday services at two historic houses of worship when the summit starts in two weeks.

CBS 2–05/06/2012

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CPS Partners With Churches To Keep Kids Safe This Spring Break

Chicago Public Schools are offering parents a way to keep their children off the street during this week of spring break.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2012

As  he returned to the pupit on May 22, 2011, Father Michael Pfleger apologized to the parish at St. Sabina for the ordeal that stemmed from his dispute with Francis Cardinal George. Pfleger had been suspended for three weeks before the cardinal reinstated him on May 20, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Pfleger Asks Churches To Honor Florida Boy Who Was Shot Dead

The Rev. Michael Pfleger is asking area churches this Sunday to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida boy who was shot and killed by a man who is claiming self-defense.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2012

A parochial school student sips from a water fountain. (CBS)

Some Churches Face Steep Costs In Installing Water Meters

When it comes to water meters in Chicago, churches are getting by on a wing and a prayer.

CBS Chicago–02/28/2012

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Ohio Man Indicted For Swindling $300K From Churches, Businesses

An Ohio man has been indicted for swindling more than $300,000 from several churches and small businesses, including three churches in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2012

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South Side Churches Burglarized

Police are looking for a burglar who is suspected of hitting churches on the city’s South Side over the past month.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2011


City No Longer Enforcing Law Against Church Protests

A man who demonstrated outside Chicago’s Church of Scientology last year is pleased that the citation he received has been deemed unconstitutional.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011

Takisha Wade and Torrance Barber attend New Life Covenant Church in Chicago. (CBS)

A Tale Of Two Black Churches

The congregration at one African-American church dwindles, while another grows. CBS 2’s Jim Williams examines what is drawing young people in — or driving them away.