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Amari Brown (courtesy: family)

Supt. McCarthy: Slain Boy’s Dad A ‘Ranking’ Gang Member, Not Cooperating With Authorities

Amari Brown, 7, was fatally shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood after watching fireworks with family members.

07/05/2015

Amari Brown (courtesy: family)

Grandmother Of Fatally Shot Boy: ‘It’s Crazy. Who Would Shoot A Seven-Year-Old?’

A cousin of the child waiting outside the hospital said the family had been celebrating the Fourth of July and had just returned home to a relative’s house when gunfire erupted.

07/05/2015

About 100 Chicago teachers and supporters marched outside City Hall on Thursday, to protest $200 million in budget cuts, including 1,400 job cuts. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Protest CPS Budget Cuts, Layoffs

Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.

07/02/2015

A flooded field in Peotone. (Credit: CBS)

Heavy Rains Have Illinois Farmers Dealing With Soaked Crops

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports farmers in Peotone are dealing with soggy crops.

06/29/2015

ComEd crews working to restore power in Coal City. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Working To Restore Electricity To Homes In Coal City

It’s a race against Mother Nature in Coal City as residents there try to clean up as much tornado damage as possible before severe weather rolls in once again.

06/24/2015

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Coal City Hit By EF-3 Tornado, NWS Confirms

Governor Bruce Rauner toured the damage in tornado-ravaged Coal City first from the air and then on the ground, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

06/23/2015

The Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina capitol building. (Credit: CBS)

South Carolina Governor Calls For Taking Down Confederate Flag

(CBS) — Leaders in South Carolina are calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports it’s been a contentious issue for years, brought to a head […]

06/22/2015

The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2 to 1 in Game Four of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Chance To See Blackhawks Win Cup On Home Ice Driving Up Ticket Prices

No Blackhawks team has won it all on home ice in 77 years, which means the chance to see the Hawks clinch in cup in Chicago is driving ticket prices sky high.

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Chicago Eyes A City Income Tax On Residents, Suburbanites Who Work Here

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at the smoke signals from cash-strapped Chicago City Hall.

06/11/2015

Kenwood Academy graduate Arianna Alexander. (Credit: CBS)

Kenwood Academy Grad Awarded More Than $3 Million In Scholarship Money

At a time when so many are struggling to pay for college, Kenwood Academy valedictorian Arianna Alexander is a scholarship record-breaker, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

06/10/2015

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NW Side Parish Converting Convent Into Senior Housing

A Northwest Side parish is the first in Chicago that’s moving to renovate an unused convent into apartments for seniors.

06/09/2015

Demarcus Jackson. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Peoria Teen Swept Away By Floodwater Survives By Clinging To Tree Branch

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports for police and family members, it was the end of a nightmare, wondering if 15-year-old Demarcus Jackson would be found alive.

06/08/2015

Interim Chicago Public Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz discusses the district's "Safe Haven" summer programming for students. (Credit: CBS)

Interim CPS Chief Looking Forward To Working With New Board

In the wake of the resignation of Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the interim head of the district was pledging to work with the new Chicago Board of Education, while begging off staying in his current position on a permanent basis.

06/02/2015

Kristopher K. Pitts (Chicago Police)

No Bond For Man Charged With Killing Man For Cell Phone In Lakeview

Prosecutors revealed how they think the robbery-turned murder happened, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

05/31/2015

Balloons are released at the start of the opening ceremonies for the 15th World Cup 17 June 1994 at Soldier Field (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Were U.S. World Cup Games Tainted?

World Cup soccer isn’t played just for kicks, the real prize is illegal cash. That’s the allegation from federal prosecutors, who charge soccer’s overlords with taking bribes and kickbacks.

05/27/2015

A deck collapse in Evanston injured four people on Memorial Day. (Credit:CBS)

Deck Hazards Sometimes Difficult To Spot

An Evanston porch collapse injured four Monday night during a holiday cookout. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley found, it’s sometimes tough even for experts to spot a hazard.

05/26/2015

Surveillance footage of a car that police say fatally struck a 5-year-old girl in Gage Park and then sped from the scene. | Chicago Police

Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Killed Girl, 5

Police are searching for the driver of a car that fatally struck a 5-year-old girl Saturday afternoon in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

05/24/2015

Video posted on Facebook shows a Chicago police officer asleep inside his police SUV. (Source: Facebook)

Emanuel Says Don’t Judge Police On One Incident After Camera Catches Cop Sleeping

After video surfaced showing a uniformed officer sound asleep in a squad car, Mayor Rahm Emanuel cautioned that all police shouldn’t be judged on one incident.

05/20/2015

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DePaul Expert: Jet Hacker May Help Improve Air Safety

(CBS) — A computer hacker told the FBI he took control of a jetliner’s engines not long after he departed a flight that passed through Chicago. Is he just bragging? Or has he exposed a […]

05/18/2015

This weapon was discovered at Midway Airport on Monday. (Credit: TSA)

TSA To Gun Owners: Stop Trying To Carry Firearms Onto Planes

It seems like a no-brainer, but each year airport authorities seize guns at security checkpoints, including those at Midway and O’Hare airports.

05/11/2015

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