Dave Berner

Emmett Till

Emmett Till’s Family Leads Memorial Marking 60th Anniversary Of His Murder

It was 60 years ago today that 14-year-old Emmett Till was beaten and shot in the head for reportedly whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives in Mississippi, and his family led a memorial procession to his grave in Alsip.


Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

School Board Votes To Close Lincoln-Way North High School

Now thousands of families are scrambling to figure out what’s next, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Plastic Bag (Credit: CBS)

Partial Bans On Plastic Bags Begin In Chicago, Evanston

(CBS) – Chicago’s ban on plastic bags at large retail stores takes effect Saturday. Downtown shoppers hitting the stores and carrying off their goods in plastic bags are about to become history. Cecil Driscoll is […]


Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn joins leaders from the Illinois Toll Highway Aurhority and DuPage County on Friday day to announce the opening of three new ramps connecting I-290 to the new Illinois Route 390 as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

New Ramps For Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project Opening By Monday

“This is a historic day for the western suburbs of Chicago,” Illinois State Toll Highway Authority board chairman Bob Schillerstrom said from high atop a ramp stretching over Illinois Route 390 on Friday.



Plaque Honors Man Who Died Saving Trapped Parachutist 85 Years Ago

A new commemoration along Illinois’ historic Route 66 has been unveiled today and it tells quite a story, reports WBBM’s Dave Berner.


Opening day on the 606. (Credit: CBS)

New 606 Trail Proves Popular; But Some Complain Of Crime, Rowdy Behavior

The new elevated 606 trail on the city’s West Side has proved very popular with joggers and cyclists who have given it rave reviews, but it’s also generated several complaints from residents about gang activity and drunken behavior.


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Maywood Threatens To Shut Off The Tap For Residents With Overdue Water Bills

For the second day in a row, more than a hundred people have lined up at the village offices in west suburban Maywood, after being notified their water service would be shut off if they didn’t pay overdue bills.


Caddy, a bearded dragon, was found at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. (Credit: Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue/Facebook)

Rescue Group Hoping To Find Owner Of Wayward Lizard

No one has yet claimed the bearded dragon found earlier this week on a golf course in Skokie, and time is running out.


An ash tree grows alongside other species of tree at an arboretum. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Experts Urge Focus On Diversity When Replacing Trees Lost To Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer has done a lot of damage in the Chicago area. Approximately 13 million trees have been removed due to infestations of the notorious beetle.


Crews search wreckage on the IL-72 after a tornado came through the town earlier in the day on April 9, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, seven people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2 Dead After Two Tornadoes Hit Near Rockford; Searches Of Rubble Resume

Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed two people have died in the tiny hamlet of Fairdale, Illinois, after a massive “wedge” tornado virtually destroyed the town.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins campaign volunteers at a phone bank on Friday, four days ahead of the runoff election. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: Without Right Leadership, Business Climate Would Be A ‘Horror Flick’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said businesses and jobs have been lured to Chicago, and stayed in the city, because he has the right stuff to keep them here.


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Cubs Expect Talented Team, Tribute To Banks Will Overshadow Ongoing Construction At Wrigley

The Cubs are hoping a stable of hot prospects and a tribute to Hall of Famer Ernie Banks on Opening Night will help fans forget and forgive the big mess at Wrigley Field.

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Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Emanuel: Garcia Asking For Voters’ “Blind Faith”

A day after challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia went on the offensive in the second televised mayoral debate of the runoff election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel again chastised his rival for not making his plans for the city clear.


Police officers conduct a large-scale active shooter drill at Barrington High School. (Credit: CBS)

Barrington High School Holds Shooting Drill

Twelve police and fire units and 250 staffers took part in the drill, and found it all very real, especially when they heard simulated gunfire.


Jeffrey Keller (left) is accused of fatally shooting Nate Fox (right) in December 2014. (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff/Supplied Photo)

Hinsdale Man Charged With Killing Former Pro Basketball Player

Jeffrey Keller, a businessman from Hinsdale, allegedly believed Nate Fox, 37, was having an affair with a woman in whom Keller had a romantic interest. The woman once worked with Fox, but denied having any relationship with him.


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Cold Snap Making Annual Lull In Blood Donations Worse

The combination of an extended cold snap, the recent holidays, and the ongoing flu season have led to a 30 percent drop in blood donations for LifeSource, prompting hospitals to keep a close eye on their supplies.


Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Orland Park Library Porn Policy An Issue In Board Election

Elections for library board members normally would not draw much attention, but they do when using free Internet to access pornography becomes a campaign issue.


The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft takes off from its launchpad on December 5, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The heavy-lift rocket will boost the unmanned Orion capsule to an altitude of 3,600 miles, and returning for a splashdown west of Baja California after a four and half hour flight.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Space Enthusiasts Watch Historic Orion Launch At Adler Planetarium

Wind and technical problems held up the first attempt to launch NASA’s first deep space exploration vehicle on Thursday, but not Friday morning, as the unmanned Orion spacecraft rocketed into orbit 3,600 miles above the Earth.


Typhoon Nuri To Bring Frigid Weather To Chicago Next Week

Remnants of Super Typhoon Nuri were moving off the Japanese coast, and expected to reach Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands over the weekend. Next week, the storm will bring bitter cold weather to the Chicago area.


The cables for tightrope walker Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk above the Chicago River have been installed between the Leo Burnett Building and Marina City. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Install Wallenda’s Tightrope For Walk Above Chicago River

Crews were working overnight to install the first high-wire cable that tightrope walker Nik Wallenda will walk across on Sunday, 50 stories above the Chicago River.