John Cody

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Fioretti Proposes Ending Red Light Camera Program

In the wake of a new study questioning the safety claims the city has used to justify its red light camera system, mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti on Monday said it’s time to take down every red light camera in Chicago.

12/22/2014

Former Ald. Bernard Stone (50th)

Former Alderman Bernard Stone Dead At 87

Former alderman Bernard Stone has died at the age of 87. Stone represented the 50th Ward in the West Rogers Park neighborhood for nearly 40 years, serving from 1973 to 2011.

12/22/2014

Boxes filled with old TV monitors, computer equipment, and other electronics to be recycled. (Credit: CBS)

Electronics Recycling To Resume In Lake County

Walter Willis, executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, says last year SWALCO took in almost 4 million pounds of discarded TVs, computers and monitors.

12/18/2014

Artistic rendering of the 88-story Wanda Vista skyscraper planned for the Lakeshore East neighborhood. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Chinese Developer Plans 88-Story Skyscraper In Lakeshore East

City officials have unveiled a Chinese developer’s plans for an 88-story hotel and condo skyscraper, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang,

12/18/2014

Cigar (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Despite Normalization, Cuban Cigars May Take Time To Hit Shelves

While Cuban Cigars are an icon in the smoking world, new relations with Cuba will apparently not turn that world upside down, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

12/17/2014

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Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: “Judy Had No Rival”

The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.

12/17/2014

Boxes filled with old TV monitors, computer equipment, and other electronics to be recycled. (Credit: CBS)

Lake County To Shut Down Electronics Recycling Program

Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said it’s vital for the county to find a way to restore funding for the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, lest unused electronics hasten the end of two already overburdened landfills.

12/16/2014

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Expert Doubts Sony Legal Team Can Prevent Publishing Of Leaked Emails

A forensic investigator says he doubts a high powered legal team will be able to stop news outlets from publishing embarrassing Sony emails which have been leaked by unknown hackers.

12/15/2014

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

Expert: Chicago Seeing Lowest Gas Prices Since 2010

If you’re feeling a little giddy when it’s time to refuel, you’re not alone, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

12/15/2014

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Chicago Agricultural High School Wins Grant For New Horse Barn

Chicago’s Agricultural High School is getting a new horse barn, thanks to a teacher’s essay and her students’ diligence in stuffing the social media ballot box, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

12/10/2014

Dr. Amara Enyia dropped out of the race for mayor on Wednesday, and endorsed Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd). (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Enyia Drops Out Of Mayor’s Race, Backs Fioretti

Dr. Amara Enyia, a community activist who was one of the first candidates to announce a bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped out of the race, and thrown her support behind Ald. Bob Fioretti.

12/10/2014

University Of Chicago Medical Center

U Of C Plans To Expand Trauma Center Coverage To 16- And 17-Year-Olds

An activist coalition is claiming victory now that the University of Chicago Medical Center plans to expand trauma care up to cover 16-and-17 year-olds.

12/09/2014

Chicago Auditorium Theatre. (Credit: Chicago Auditorium Theatre')

Auditorium Theatre To Celebrate Its 125th Anniversary Tuesday

No longer the tallest building in Chicago, the Auditorium Theatre is now certainly one of the most durable and is celebrating its 125th anniversary Tuesday, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

12/08/2014

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AT&T Donates $1.1 Million To Chicago Youth Programs

Corporate dollars are hitting the streets for hundreds of young people getting a hand back onto the straight and narrow, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

12/08/2014

Former state lawmaker Keith Farnham arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago to face child pornography charges. Farnham wore a nasal breathing tube and carried an oxygen bottle as he arrived at court. He had resigned, citing health issues, days after a raid of his house and district office. (Credit: CBS)

Ex-Lawmaker Farnham Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Friday, after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

12/05/2014

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O’Hare, Midway Get Special Caissons For Fallen Troops

Ald. James Balcer (11th), a Vietnam veteran, joined Ald. Edward Burke (14th) at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday to unveil ceremonial caissons decorated with the American flag, and displaying the insignia of all five military branches.

12/05/2014

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Study: Summer Jobs Programs Reduce Youth Violence

A study from the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania has found summer job and mentoring programs for disadvantaged youths in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by nearly half over a 16-month period.

12/04/2014

Gas flames burn at the gas control center at Wingas plant, Western European largest gas tank, on January 8, 2009 in Rehden, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Flame From Fuel Burn-Off At North Shore Gas Facility In Libertyville To Light Up Sky

Residents of Libertyville and Grayslake will see some daytime fireworks all this week, as North Shore Gas burns off excess propane gas, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

12/02/2014

Keys hang in the ignition in a Honda Civic as it makes its way down the line at the Japanese automaker's plant in Greensburg, Indiana on March 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mira OBERMAN (Photo credit should read MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Police Warn Of Spate Of Stolen Cars After Engines Left Running

Police in west suburban Aurora were warning car owners not to leave running cars unattended to warm them up before driving.

12/02/2014

James R. Thompson Center

Immigrant Moms Ask Quinn To Pardon Their Husbands

A pair of immigrant mothers trying to keep their families together visited the Thompson Center on Monday, hoping for an audience with Gov. Pat Quinn – or, better yet, a pardon for their husbands.

12/01/2014

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