New doors at the Statehouse. (CBS)

Capitol Architect Defends $700K Doors Installed On Statehouse

Critics said the elegant but expensive copper doors are extravagant at a time when the state is broke and regular Illinoisans are struggling.


Copper thieves ripped out copper wiring and cables from the power box at the back of the Paul Hall Community Center on June 10, 2012, leaving the building in the dark, and ruining food for the center's weekly food drive. (Credit: CBS)

Thieves Swipe Copper From Church AC Units, Jeopardizing Tutoring Programs

The bishop of a South Side church says after-school tutoring and other activities for children may be in jeopardy after thieves stole parts to the building’s air conditioning system.


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Thieves Take Copper Pipes From Lawndale Elementary School

Twice this week thieves have made their way into a CPS elementary school in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood and stolen copper pipes, police said.



Thieves Steal $8,000 Worth Of Copper From Habitat House Construction Site

Copper thieves made off recently with thousands of dollars worth of valuable metal from a couple of homes being built by Habitat for Humanity in the southwest suburbs.

WBBM Newsradio–08/01/2012

A century-old copper cross in front of the rectory at St. Mary of Perpetual Help in Bridgeport was vandalized in the early morning hours of April 3, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Donors Offering Help After Bridgeport Church’s Cross Vandalized

After vandals damaged an old copper cross at St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church in the Bridgeport neighborhood, offers of help started pouring in.

WBBM Newsradio–04/04/2012

A century-old copper cross in front of the rectory at St. Mary of Perpetual Help in Bridgeport was vandalized in the early morning hours of April 3, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Bridgeport Church’s Copper Cross Vandalized

It’s been part of a Bridgeport parish for more than a century, but now a historic copper cross sits damaged after an attack by vandals.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2012

Thieves are targeting power lines for copper.. (CBS)

Copper Thefts May Lead To Power Outages In Indiana

A spike in copper thefts may lead to power outages in northern Indiana.


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Car Slams Into BBQ Takeout In North Chicago, Followed By Copper Thieves

A shuttered barbecue take-out place in North Chicago was rammed by a car and stripped of its metal components, in what police say might be two separate crimes.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Thieves are targeting power lines for copper.. (CBS)

Copper Thieves Stealing Electrical Wires In Gary, Ind.

Thieves are going to great lengths — or great heights — to get their hands on copper for resale, scaling utility poles and clipping wires.



Alert Cop Foils Elaborate Copper Theft Scheme At Joliet Arsenal

Two men have been charged, after police say they went to great lengths to try to steal copper from the long-shuttered Joliet Arsenal.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2011

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Justice Man Charged In Copper-Wire Thefts

Paul Bridwell, 30, allegedly stole copper wire from utility lines outside homes, causing more than $10,000 worth of damage.


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Thieves Target East Lakeview Street Lights For Copper

Almost as soon as new lighting had been installed on a handful of streets in the Lake View neighborhood this winter the light structures were targeted by thieves.


The South Shore Line. (CBS)

Reward Offered In South Shore Line Copper Thefts

Thieves make off with signal wire, slowing trains when signals flash only red.

CBS Chicago–11/05/2010