Derrick Blakley

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Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: “Judy Had No Rival”

The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.

12/17/2014

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)

Some Hospitals Impose Visiting Restrictions During Busy Flu Season

The Illinois Department of Public Health says confirmed cases are widespread across the state. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

12/15/2014

Jesus Garcia campaigning in Humboldt Park. (CreditL CBS)

Emanuel, Garcia Vying For Hispanic Voters

Chicago’s mayoral election is little more than a month away and today, both Mayor Emanuel and one of his major challengers turned their attention to attracting Hispanic voters, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

12/14/2014

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Honors Cardinal George With Medal Of Merit

He’s been celebrated by his church and honored by its faithful, but today, the entire city of Chicago got its turn.

12/10/2014

In this surveillance image, a hooded man steals packages from a building foyer. (Daphe Ortiz)

WATCH: Thief Snatches Gift Packages From Lincoln Park Condo

Video shows a real-life Grinch taking packages from some Lincoln Park homes. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

12/08/2014

Colin Collette was fired as music director at Holy Family Parish in Inverness after announcing plans to wed his male partner. He has filed a discrimination complaint. (Credit: CBS)

Music Director Fired Over Same-Sex Marriage Files Formal Complaint

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has more on a battle that pits civil rights against religious freedom.

12/04/2014

Authorities respond to the scene of a shooting at Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., Friday. (CBS)

Woman Dies After Shooting At Mag Mile Store

A Mag Mile store became a crime scene Friday night after police say a gunman walked in and shot his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend before committing suicide.

11/29/2014

A 10-year-old child was killed after an apartment fire near Kimball and Ardmore. (Credit: CBS)

Family Sues Landlord After Hollywood Park Blaze Kills Son

Tahir Khan and Maria Tahir tried to get their family out, but the stairway was blocked by flames. They dropped their two youngest children out a window, to people outside the building, and then jumped to escape the flames. Their oldest son, 10-year-old Ans Khan, didn’t make it out.

11/26/2014

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

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