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A worker removes damaged drywall from a flood-damaged home in Lombard on April 24, 2013, nearly a week after widespread flooding in the Chicago area from heavy rains. (Credit: CBS)

Cleanup Costs Can Pile Up For Flood Victims With Worst Damage

Nearly a week after widespread flooding damaged thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area, the exhausting and costly cleanup process continued for many flood victims on Wednesday.

CBS 2–04/24/2013

Opponents of plans to close 53 public schools at the end of the school year protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on April 3, 2013, during a Board of Education meeting to discuss the plans. (Credit: CBS)

School Closings Plan Prompts Rancor At City Council, Board Of Ed Hearings

Aldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials and Chicago Teachers Union members Wednesday, over the plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year, while the head of the school district answered critics at a Board of Education meeting.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2013

Kevin Ware. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Chicago Sports Doctor Optimistic Louisville’s Ware Will Bounce Back

Sports physician Jeff Mjaanes of Rush University Medical Center, who watched Sunday’s game and saw the leg-break occur, agrees there is reason to be optimistic.

04/01/2013

Olga Vanis is out $44,000 -- money stolen by a former caregiver. (CBS)

Caregiver Steals $44,000 From Elderly Woman

An attorney for Olga Vanis says her bank bears blame for not detecting obvious forged checks. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

03/04/2013

Michael Ward and Kenneth Williams, suspects in murder of Hadiya Pendleton

No Bond For Suspects In Hadiya Pendleton’s Murder

Bond has been denied for the two purported gang members allegedly responsible for gunning down a 15-year-old honor student two weeks ago.

CBS Chicago–02/12/2013

Inside The 911 Call Center (City Of Chicago Photo)

McCarthy: Change In 911 Response Strategy Working

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said incidents in two neighborhoods on the same night this week showed police have the right strategy in reducing the number of 911 calls that officers respond to in person.

CBS 2–02/07/2013

A Chicago police car. (Photo Credit: MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Police Changing Response Plan For Some 911 Calls

Starting this week, Chicago police are changing their responses to 911 calls. They’ll no longer come right away to reports of things like criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longer on the scene, and the victim isn’t in immediate danger.

CBS Chicago–02/04/2013

Immigrant groups and their supporters stage a protest rally. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Proposed Path To Citizenship Gives Hope To Undocumented Immigrants

CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a look at how the new policy could be life-changing for one Chicago area man who has been living in fear.

01/28/2013

Chicago police tactical officer James Whigham Jr. was honored for bravery for arresting an armed robber who had just shot someone. Whigham survived Hodgkin's lymphoma before joining the police force. (Credit: CBS)

Cancer Survivor Cop Honored For Arresting Armed Robbery Suspect

Tactical officer James Whigham Jr. was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 21, then had two relapses.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

DuSable Museum of African-American History (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Celebrate Obama’s Inauguration, King Holiday At DuSable Museum

Though it was Obama’s second inauguration, there was no less enthusiasm from the crowd, which stood and cheered as they watched a live telecast of the inaugural proceedings.

CBS 2–01/21/2013

Sonny Cooper was diagnosed with prostate cancer that was linked to his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, but his disability benefits were significantly reduced after his cancer went into remission, and he's in danger of losing his home. (Credit: CBS)

Vietnam Vet With Cancer Might Lose Home Due To Reduced Benefits

The U.S. Veterans Administration had been helping the Chicago man, but much of that support has stopped, and now he’s in the fight of his life.

CBS 2–01/09/2013

About 500 people received a free meal at an annual New Year's Day luncheon at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse on Jan. 1, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Gibsons Steakhouse Treats 500 To Free New Year’s Luncheon

Some people in Chicago started the New Year with a lavish dinner at a famous Chicago steakhouse, but they weren’t ordinary diners. Many are homeless, some battling drug addiction or mental illness.

CBS 2–01/01/2013

Melvin Washington, who was once homeless, now has an apartment in the River North neighborhood, thanks to assistance from the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. (Credit: CBS)

Once Homeless, Thousands Living In Permanent Homes Thanks To Chicago Alliance

It’s a staggering number to consider: 6,500 people in Chicago are homeless, despite an advocacy group’s 10-year effort to end homelessness by the end of this year. But thousands of others have received help to get off the streets.

CBS 2–12/18/2012

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Advocates Call For New Focus On Mental Health After Newtown Massacre

Supporters of mental health funding have said the mass shooting last week in Newtown, Conn., should prompt a discussion not just of gun control laws, but the need for more attention to mental illness.

CBS Chicago–12/17/2012

Love and Tony Klopf were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on 12-12-12. (Credit: CBS)

’12-12-12′ Means 70 Years Of Marriage For Chicago Couple

On this lucky date, 12-12-12, a Chicago area couple was celebrating a remarkable anniversary. But, as CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports, much more than good luck has kept them together for 70 years.

CBS 2–12/12/2012

Union members from around the country rally at the Michigan State Capitol to protest a vote on Right-to-Work legislation December 11, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan. Republicans control the Michigan House of Representatives, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has said he will sign the bill if it is passed. The new law would make requiring financial support of a union as a condition of employment illegal. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

‘Right To Work’ Laws Unlikely To Make Their Way To Illinois Anytime Soon

In Illinois, Democrats – long supported by labor unions – have majorities in the House and Senate – and will have veto-proof majorities starting in January — and Gov. Pat Quinn also is a Democrat.

12/11/2012

The well-manicured lawns and well-maintained homes of Chatham. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Chatham

The South Side neighborhood has seen some changes — some good, some bad. But those that live there now are proud of where they call home, CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan reports.

12/07/2012

A new Illinois law would allow undocumented immigrants to get a Temporary Visitor Driver's License like this one, but some immigrant groups worry that, because the license has a different color than standard licenses, police would immediately know a person with such a license is in the U.S. illegally. (Photo courtesy Illinois Secretary of State)

Immigrant Groups Divided Over Temporary Driver’s License Plan

It’s a hot button issue: should undocumented immigrants be allowed to get driver’s licenses? Even leaders in Chicago’s Latino community are divided on a measure that would grant undocumented immigrants temporary licenses.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2012

Examples of high-rises along Chicago's lakefront. (CBS)

Some Condo Boards Leery Of Marketing Push For Indoor Sprinklers

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the group behind the campaign is supported by businesses that stand to benefit from the installation of sprinklers.

12/03/2012

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley (left) sits down with CBS 2's Jim Williams, who once served as his press secretary, to talk about returning to private life, and the past year since the death of his late wife, Maggie Daley. (Credit: CBS)

Daley Doesn’t Miss Being The Boss, Won’t Second-Guess Emanuel

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley sat down recently with CBS 2’s Jim Williams, who is also his former press secretary, and talked about his return to private life. He said he doesn’t miss being the boss, and won’t second-guess the decisions of his successor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

CBS 2–11/23/2012

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