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Illinois Will Be First State To Lock Painkiller Pill Bottles

Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs.

08/29/2015

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Whistle Blower: Beckman’s Firing ‘Step In Right Direction’

Simon Cvijanovic had accused Beckman of creating a culture of physical abuse and poor treatment of players.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2015

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Illini Forward Darius Paul Suspended Indefinitely, Sent Home From European Tour

Paul was arrested in France, according to a report.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2015

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5 Day Trips Near Chicago To Do Before The Kids Go Back To School

Pack up the car and travel for a day of fun, history and outdoor activities with your kids with these five destinations near Chicago.

08/15/2015

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It’s Finally Illegal In Illinois For Owners To Expose Pets To Extreme Weather

Believe it or not, there wasn’t previously an Illinois law making it illegal for pet owners to leave pets in extreme heat or cold.

08/13/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Lays Off Pot Cops Because Of Budget Problems

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Illinois State Police stopped paying a special team of officer at the end of June while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled Legislature continue their disagreement over a budget that was supposed to take effect July 1.

08/09/2015

The aftermath of a tornado in the western Illinois town of Cameron. (Norm Brakeville)

UPDATE: Tornado, Damage Reported In Western Illinois

(CBS) — Severe damage from a tornado has been reported in far Western Illinois Thursday evening. Monmouth, Ill. police confirm to WBBM there was a tornado touchdown in that area, about 200 miles southwest of Chicago. […]

07/16/2015

Ten-day old American Bison cub (Bison Bison) stands next to his mother Resi at the Schoenbrunn zoo on April 16, 2009 in Vienna. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

Bison Thriving At Illinois Preserve

Fourteen bison calves were born this past spring at the 3,500-acre grasslands about 95 miles west of Chicago that’s owned by The Nature Conservancy, bringing the number of bison in the area to 44.

07/05/2015

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A History Lover’s Travel Guide To Chicago

The Chicago Water Tower, Grant Park and Wrigley Field are among the must see attractions in Chicago for history lovers.

07/03/2015

A semi-truck crashed into 13 other vehicles Friday morning on the Stevenson Expressway in Summit, after the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. (Credit: CBS)

Truck In I-55 Smash-Up Belongs To Tenn. Company With Previous Violations

Purdy Brothers Trucking has 146 vehicles and 113 drivers, one of whom may have been driving with fatigue, according to one of the 10 car owners hit by the truck.

06/19/2015

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Former Illinois Soccer Player Joins Those Suing Over Concussions

Casey Conine filed a lawsuit Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court claiming she was cleared to play in October 2014 after suffering a third concussion in two years at Illinois.

06/08/2015

A floodwater mosquito (Credit: CBS)

With Warmer Weather, Risks Increase For West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease

The Illinois Department of Health says warm weather means the onset of West Nile Virus, carried by mosquitoes, and a slew of insect-related diseases, carried by ticks.

05/25/2015

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Gov. Rauner’s New State Prisons Chief Abruptly Resigns

The governor’s office gave no reason for the premature departure of Donald Stolworthy, named to the $150,228-a-year job on March 9.

05/22/2015

Priti Shah holds her winning ticket. (Illinois Lottery)

Des Plaines Woman Gets Nice Mother’s Day Gift: Lottery Ticket Worth $4 Million

Priti Shah’s daughter gave her the three lottery instant tickets on Mother’s Day. She scratched the $100 Million Money Mania ticket with a penny and won the top, $4 million prize.

05/21/2015

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Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Passed By Illinois Lawmakers

A bill that would decriminalize possession of a limited amount of marijuana is now in the hands of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

05/21/2015

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Illinois Gov. Rauner: Bankruptcy Should Be Option For Broke Cities

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed sweeping state budget cuts that have angered local officials.

04/13/2015

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Terminal Patient Backs ‘Right To Try’ Law For Illinois

What does ALS patient Derek Hogg have to lose? Nothing, he tells CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

04/09/2015

David Letterman and Todd The Intern stand with a rocking chair made by high school students in Kankakee as a retirement gift for the Late Show host, after tearing down one of the gag gift gazebos Letterman sent the city in 1999. (Credit: CBS)

Kankakee Sends Back Letterman’s Gag Gift As Retirement Present

Things came full circle Tuesday night for David Letterman and the good people of Kankakee, as the city turned a gag gift from 16 years ago into a retirement gift for the Late Show host.

03/25/2015

A Chicagoan prepares to move from the city to Northwest Indiana. (CBS)

Why Are People Fleeing Illinois? Three Personal Stories

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on why the Land of Lincoln isn’t as appealing as it once was.

03/12/2015

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Chicago Children Can Try To Opt Out Of The PARCC Standardized Test … If They Dare

At at least one school, children were intimidated and shamed into agreeing to take the highly criticized PARCC standardized test.

03/12/2015

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