Derrick Blakley

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

A motorist reported that a chunk of ice hit her windshield on West Randolph Street. (CBS)

Ice Falls From West Loop Building, Smashes Windshield, Motorist Says

It happened Thursday afternoon on Randolph near the Chicago River.

03/13/2014

(credit: Thinkstock)

Ukraine, Seasonal Factors Driving Up Gasoline Prices

Pain at the pump? CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley tells us what’s behind the latest spike.

03/06/2014

An unidentified soldier mans a machine gun on a military vehicle outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on March 3, 2014 in Perevalne, Ukraine. Scores of heavily-armed soldiers not displaying any idenifying insignia have taken up positions outside the base and parked several dozen vehicles, mostly trucks and patrol cars, nearby. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Northwestern Professor Fears Russia’s ‘Appetite’ For Territory Will Grow

U.S. intelligence estimates another 5,000 Russian troops have joined the 15,000 in the Crimea since the crisis began last week. But thousands more are massed on the Russian side of the Ukraine border as Ukraine’s under-manned military mobilizes to fight a possible wider invasion.

03/03/2014

White male tiger Aron hisses in his enclosure in the privately-owned zoo by Andrzej Pabich in Boryszew, central Poland on February 1, 2014. The lion babies were born on January 28. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

No Joke: Tiger Walks Into A Lockport Bar, And Police Aren’t Laughing

A local man took his tiger cub out for some fresh air. Authorities swatted him with misdemeanor charges. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

02/26/2014

Lane Tech College Prep. (CBS)

Lane Tech Coach Investigated For Inappropriate Contact With Student

Sources tell CBS 2 the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has been notified. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

01/23/2014

Parking ticket (CBS)

After Grace Period, Crackdown Begins On Free Parking For The Disabled

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley went to find out if drivers are living up to the law.

01/16/2014

Patient receives shot of flu vaccine (AP File Photo)

H1N1 Flu Virus Surfaces In Chicago

Loyola University Medical Center microbiologist Paul Schreckenberger says last week alone, 21 patients tested positive for influenza. All but one of those cases were the 2009 H1N1 swine flu.

12/26/2013

Rockie Douglas. (Chicago Police Photo)

Police Searching For Carjacking Suspect

Chicago and state police officials are still searching for a serial carjacking and robbery suspect blamed for causing a fatal traffic accident that killed an 11-year-old boy this weekend.

12/22/2013

A four-rotor helicopter drone. (CBS)

Hobbyists Already Getting A Taste Of Amazon’s Drone Techology

What may seem like the package-delivery technology of tomorrow has really already arrived. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

12/02/2013

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

TV Pitchman Released From Federal Jail

Kevin Trudeau was held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago for allegedly hiding his assets and not paying a federal judgment.

10/28/2013

(Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Federal Employees Grateful To Work Again, But Leery Of Congress

The deal in Congress keeps them on the job until at least Jan. 15, when the new budget expires. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with Chicago workers.

10/17/2013

Police cordon off the corner of the Contitution Ave and First St after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013. The US Capitol was placed on security lockdown Thursday after shots were fired outside the complex, senators said. 'Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down,' Senator Claire McCaskill said on Twitter. Police were seen running within the Capitol building and outside as vehicles swarmed to the scene. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago-Area Members Of Congress Take Precautions As Shooting Erupts

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers were alerted with a blaring security announcement, saying that shots had been fired and advising them to stay in place. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

10/03/2013

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