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Students with the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation help spruce up Humboldt Park as part of a world conference in Chicago. (Credit: Instagram)

World Conference In Chicago Teaches Students About Leadership

HOBY president and CEO Javier LaFianza said this week’s events were designed to help students identify their passions, and where they want to make a difference in the world.

07/22/2014

Quadruple Amputee, War Vet Travis Mills: ‘I’m Not A Sob Story’

Staff Sgt. Travis Mills lost both arms and both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2012. A new film “Travis: A Soldier’s Story” documents the tremendous physical and emotional challenges he faces every day.

07/10/2014

Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

Chicago’s Average Gas Price The Highest In The Nation

The insurgent violence in Iraq and threats to oil facilities there have pushed the price of crude oil to more than $107 per barrel. That has translated to higher gasoline prices, nowhere higher than Chicago.

06/23/2014

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Expert: Obama Correct Not To Send Troops To Iraq

An expert on global affairs agrees with President Obama’s stance against sending American troops to deal with a growing insurgency in Iraq. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

06/19/2014

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: CBS)

Iraq Air Strike Request Revealed During Hearing

A request for U.S. air strikes by the Iraqi government was revealed in a hearing chaired by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

06/18/2014

Ret. Sgt. Danielle Ciccoli. (Credit:  Danielle Ciccoli.)

Iraq Crisis Weighs Heavily On Chicago Area Veteran

Ret. Sgt. Danielle Ciccoli says 275 troops heading to Iraq, fills her with a variety of emotions.

06/17/2014

Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather, volunteering to fight along side the Iraqi security forces against Jihadist militants who have taken over northern Iraqi cities, on June 14, 2014, in the capital Baghdad. Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Iraqis on June 13 to take up arms against Sunni militants marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital's defenses. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Davis To Obama: ‘Do Everything In Your Power’ To Avoid Another Iraq War

One of President Obama’s staunchest allies in Congress is expressing concerns about the Administration’s plans to send some military personnel to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

06/17/2014

Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather, volunteering to fight along side the Iraqi security forces against Jihadist militants who have taken over northern Iraqi cities, on June 14, 2014, in the capital Baghdad. Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Iraqis on June 13 to take up arms against Sunni militants marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital's defenses. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kirk: Obama “Not Up To This Job” In Violence-Torn Iraq

As extremist militants tightened their grip on northern Iraq, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said he believes President Barack Obama isn’t up to the task of ending the violence and protecting American interests, and needs to overhaul his national security team.

06/16/2014

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Oil Prices Spike As Iraq Tensions Grow

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, said even he was surprised at how much gas prices jumped on Thursday, just in the time between when he went to work and when he got home.

06/13/2014

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Returning Soldier Gets Hero’s Welcome At Hoffman Estates School

A third-grade class at Frank C. Whitely Elementary School had written letters to Capt. Allen at the urging of a classmate whose father is also in the service.

05/23/2014

An honorary street sign in memory of Private First Class Omar Torres is unveiled outside his parents' home on South Keeler. (CBS)

Fallen Soldier Honored With Street Naming

Army Pfc. Omar Torres gave his life for his country in Iraq, and on Tuesday, the city honored his sacrifice and service by naming a street near his Archer Heights home in his memory.

04/02/2013

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Names Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq, Afghanistan To Be Read At Thompson Center

A daylong memorial for the 6,600 Americans killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was scheduled for 9:11 a.m. Friday at the plaza outside the Thompson Center.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2012

Sailors walk past the Vietnam Memorial Wall (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Our Veterans Should Not Be At Risk In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

When the deal is being made to change the tax rates and cut the deficit we must remember to keep our commitment to our veterans.

11/12/2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debate (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Opinion: A Mad, Personal-Attacking, Interrupting Obama Loses Third Presidential Debate

Romney won this debate in more ways than one – most impressively due to his dignified style.

10/23/2012

U.S. Marines of the 782 company from Fort Bragg, South Carolina, walk towards their barracks upon landing at Saudi Dhahran air base on Aug. 21, 1990, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, which led to the Gulf War in early 1991. A U.S.-led multi-national force repulsed Iraq from Kuwait during the "Desert Storm" offensive and a cease-fire was signed 28 February 1991.  (Photo credit: GERARD FOUET/AFP/Getty Images)

Peoria Researcher Looking Into Causes, Effects Of Gulf War Syndrome

The story of the returning veteran never ends. A researcher in Peoria is investigating Gulf War Syndrome, more than twenty years after the end of Operation Desert Storm.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

Veterans Charlie Rodriguez, left, and Dimar Vasquez relax at VFW Post 5079 in Chicago. (CBS)

Two War Vets Finally Feel At Ease To Celebrate Memorial Day

Coming home is a process for some who have seen war, CBS 2′s Brad Edwards reports.

05/28/2012

Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch, left, and his wife, Christy. (Courtesy: Crouch family)

Your Chicago: Helping A Wounded Iraq War Veteran

College students from Chicago helped an Iraq War veteran who lives downstate by redesigning his home’s interior. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson explains.

04/06/2012

Jonathan Cooper served in Iraq and Afghanistan. (CBS)

Killings Of Afghan Villagers Should Not Overshadow U.S. Mission, Veteran Says

A local U.S. veteran of the Middle East conflicts says an American soldier’s alleged massacre of more than a dozen Afghan villagers shouldn’t overshadow efforts to help people there. CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman reports.

03/12/2012

Army Sgt. Eric Rundquist returned to his Streamwood home on Dec. 26, 2011, after completing his third tour of duty in Iraq. (Credit: CBS)

Family’s Ultimate Christmas Gift: Son’s Safe Return From Iraq

A community’s love was felt on Monday as a hometown soldier returned home from war. With the war in Iraq now a completed mission, thousands of soldiers are returning home and the relief of having their son back with them is the best of Christmas presents for the Rundquist family in Streamwood.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2011

John La Giglia is reunited Friday with his 6-year-old daughter, Grace. (CBS)

Soldier Reunited With His Family

The 6-year-old daughter of a Chicago soldier deployed in Afghanistan had been asking Santa to bring her daddy home for the holiday. As CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports, her wish became reality.

12/23/2011

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