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McDonald’s To Shrink In U.S. For First Time In Decades

The burger chain that put “supersize” into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald’s says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.


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Target Closing Two Chicago Area Stores

Target stores in Calumet City and McHenry will be shut down by February, as part of the company’s plan to close 11 stores nationwide.


Empty shelves at a Chicago Dominick's store as the final days tick away. (CBS)

Fates Still Uncertain For Many Dominick’s Stores, As Shelves Grow Emptier

Friday, customers were taking advantage of discounts of 75 percent. But with the sales come questions about what happens to the stores that haven’t been purchased by competitors. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.


Chicago Public Schools

List Of Chicago Public School Closings

Chicago Public Schools will close 54 school programs and 61 buildings in an effort to close a $1 billion budget deficit. Here is the list, released by the Chicago Teachers Union:


CPS Protest

CPS To Issue Preliminary List Of School Closures Next Week

Next week, Chicago Public Schools officials will release a list of schools it is targeting for possible closure, after an independent commission issued a preliminary report recommending which schools should stay open, and which should be considered for closure.

CBS 2–01/11/2013

Veterans Day Closings

The nation observes Veterans Day on Monday, a day after the actual holiday.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses his decision to consolidate Chicago Police district stations and detective divisions, a move that will reduce the number of district stations from 25 to 22 by the fall. The number of detective divisions has been cut from five to three. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Defends Closing Of Police District Stations

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he stands by the decision to close two police district stations over the weekend and the plan to close a third in the fall.

CBS Chicago–03/05/2012

Emanuel Fire Commissioner Announcement

Santiago Takes Over As Fire Chief After Hoff’s Sudden Retirement

There was a changing of the guard at the Chicago Fire Department on Thursday, after Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff abruptly resigned and fellow 30-year veteran firefighter Jose Santiago took the reins of the department.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

Chicago library staff protest city budget cuts Monday. (CBS)

Has Emanuel Met His Match In Chicago Librarians?

Mayor Emanuel has backed off on a cost-cutting move to close libraries on Mondays, despite the library union’s refusal to make concessions. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine explains.


Banners hanging outside the Sears store on State Street in downtown Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Sears Lists First 79 Stores To Close, None In Illinois

Sears has released a list of the first 79 stores to close under a plan to shutter 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart locations due to poor holiday sales.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2011

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy testifies before the Chicago City Council at a city budget hearing on Oct. 27, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Grill Top Cop On Station Closings, Officer Deployment

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was on the hot seat at City Hall on Thursday, as aldermen demanded to know why he plans to close police stations and how he’s deploying police officers.

CBS Chicago–10/27/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Confirms Need For Major Cuts, Possible Layoffs

Thousands of state employees could be facing the prospect of layoffs as Gov. Pat Quinn seeks to make “reductions” to deal with a massive budget deficit.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2011

Chicago Public Schools

Hearings Planned On Public School Closings, Consolidations

Public hearings begin this week on plans by the Chicago Public Schools to close and consolidate a number of schools.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2011

Pulaski Day Band

Schools, Public Offices Closed For Pulaski Day

Public offices and schools in Chicago are closed Monday for Casimir Pulaski Day.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2011

Snow covers the ground in Chicago (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Blizzard 2011: Will Chicago Public Schools Close?

The Chicago Public school system is operating on a normal schedule on Tuesday, and officials will continue to monitor the oncoming snowstorm before make a decision on whether to cancel classes on Wednesday.