Derrick Blakley

US President Barack Obama speaks about Syria from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2013. Obama said Saturday he will ask the US Congress to authorize military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Obama said he had decided he would go ahead and launch military action on Syria, but he believed it was important for American democracy to win the support of lawmakers. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

President’s Immigration Announcement Watched Closely Here

For Faviola Delgado and millions more, President Obama can temporarily lift the threat of deportation.

11/20/2014

Don Orseno, Metra's new CEO (Metra)

Metra Boss: This Time Around, Rail Agency Better Prepared For Winter

CEO Don Orseno ran through some of the new equipment and procedures that are expected to prevent commuters from freezing on Metra platforms this winter.

11/13/2014

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Evanston Becomes First Illinois City To Raise Cigarette-Buying Age To 21

Teens will no longer be able to buy smokes in the north suburb. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

11/07/2014

A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

School Closed, Scrubbed After Dozens Of Students Get The Flu

Robinson Elementary in Lyons District 103 called off all classes and after-school activities because so many were out with the flu.

11/06/2014

Nik Wallenda will walk over the Chicago River from Marina City (below) to the Leo Burnett building. (CBS)

Wallenda Walk Good For Chicago Business

Anticipation is building for the walk over the Chicago River by daredevil Nik Wallenda.

10/30/2014

Jim Oberweis

U.S. Senate Race: Oberweis Trying To Paint Durbin As ‘Career Politician’

How long in public office is too long? That’s a key question being asked by Republican Jim Oberweis. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

10/28/2014

Bruce Rauner and Rev. Corey Brooks discuss death threats Brooks allegedly received the day before someone broke into his church in Woodlawn. Brooks has endorsed Rauner in the race for governor, against Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner, Brooks Stand Together After Church Burglary, Threats

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner came to the defense of one of his most prominent black supporters on Sunday; after Pastor Corey Brooks’ church was vandalized, and his life allegedly was threatened.

10/27/2014

Doctor Generic

Another Health Concern: Enterovirus D68

A four-year-old preschooler is the first confirmed victim to die from the virus in the U.S., and he hadn’t shown any symptoms. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports on what parents should know.

10/06/2014

Libertyville resident Cliff Hieronymus (CBS)

Suburban Dad Suspends NFL At His Home, In Wake Of Controversy

“I can’t get up on Sundays and have to have those conversations all day with my son,” Cliff Hieronymus of Libertyville tells CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley.

09/18/2014

Chase Bank

Asking Local Experts: How Worried Should Chase Customers Be About Security Breach?

The data breach left some customers understandably shaken. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

08/28/2014

The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago. (CBS)

Polk Family’s $20 Million Navy Pier Donation A Gift To Chicagoans

Members of the Polk family explain the gift they’re offering to revamp Navy Pier’s entrance. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

07/17/2014

Wrigley Field marquee in 2008. (Getty Images)

Cubs Get On Base With Larger Ballpark Expansion Plan

The city’s landmarks commission on Thursday signed off on a project that includes a second video board, outfield signs as big as 650 square feet, light standards in the outfield and seats replacing the current bullpens down the foul lines.

07/10/2014

Derrick Blakley

The Civil Rights Act At 50: Derrick Blakley’s Personal Journey

Derrick Blakley, veteran reporter here at CBS2, reflects today on how the act impacted his life.

07/02/2014

A TV camera is set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Decision On Employers, Contraceptives Divides Chicagoans

One side calls it a victory for religious freedom — the other, a setback for women’s rights. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/30/2014

Gavel

State Panel Subpoenas Former Head Of Gov. Quinn’s Anti-Crime Program

The vote means committee members will compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

06/23/2014

A cowboy on horseback chases a runaway baby bull in Beecher. (Courtesy: John Spagnola)

No Bull: Rodeo Critter Bolts Through Far South Suburb

On Sunday, residents of Beecher couldn’t believe their eyes: Cowboys on horseback, trying to corral a runaway bull. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/16/2014

Kennedy Expressway Traffic

Will Highways Become Tollways?

The federal gas tax – 18.4 cents a gallon — hasn’t gone up in 20 years, even though construction costs have. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/05/2014

Doctor Generic

Veteran: VA Hospital Almost Caused My Death

Allen Sloma says a delayed cancer diagnosis at Hines VA Hospital almost cost him his life. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

05/15/2014

Firefighters at the scene of a grain bin where a DeKalb County farmer became trapped Monday. (CBS)

DeKalb County Farmer Dies In Grain-Bin Accident

A 73-year-old farmer died Monday after becoming trapped in a grain bin in DeKalb County, the coroner’s office said.

05/05/2014

This suspect is wanted in connection with attacks on women in Park Forest. (Park Forest Police)

Park Forest Police Warn Parents Against Letting Kids Walk Alone, After Attacks

The most recent attack came Wednesday, near Forest Trail Middle School. A man held a knife, motioning for a 13-year-old girl to come toward him. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

04/03/2014

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