John Cody

Police Headquarters

Chicago Police Deny West Side Facility Used For Illegal Detentions

The Chicago Police Department has denied allegations in a British newspaper report that officers sometimes use a West Side facility as the equivalent of a CIA black site, where they illegally detain suspects for questioning, and deny their attorneys access.

02/25/2015

Satellite image of ice coverage on the Great Lakes on Feb. 22, 2015, when the lakes were 84 percent covered in ice. (Credit: NOAA)

Great Lakes More Ice-Covered Than Last February

For the second consecutive winter, the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice, due to the frigid weather.

02/24/2015

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (CBS)

Lawmakers’ School Shootings Task Force Has First Meeting

State lawmakers have begun a new effort to figure out strategies for heading off school shootings, like the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, when a gunman killed 20 students and 6 staff.

02/23/2015

An European grey wolf (Credit: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Timber Wolf Found Dead Along Road Near Morris, Ill.

Last year, Illinois had a wandering black bear and this year, a wandering wolf, which wasn’t as lucky on his Prairie State tour.

02/23/2015

Midterms Elections Held Across The U.S.

Early Voting Ends Saturday; Officials Remind Voters No Do-Overs

Chicago election officials were urging voters to get it right the first time if they take advantage of early voting in the upcoming city elections, because there are no do-overs.

02/20/2015

Rendering of the bleacher expansion and one of several new signs at Wrigley Field, once renovations are completed. (Credit: Chicago Cubs)

Judge Allows Cubs To Continue Building Outfield Signs

In a win for the Cubs, a federal court judge on Thursday refused to grant a request by the owners of a pair of Wrigley Field rooftops to stop the team’s installation of outfield signs that would block their valuable view.

02/19/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel Opposes Rauner’s Proposed Cuts To Child Day Care

Mayor Rahm Emanuel questions Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget decisions which affect children, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

02/18/2015

Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Metra: Cold Shouldn’t Have Significant Impact On Thursday Morning Rush

Metra officials said commuters can expect a good rush hour Thursday morning, despite subzero temperatures and wind chills as low as 30 below zero. Chief Operations Officer Pete Zwolfer said snow presents more of a problem than cold, although the arctic temperatures might slow things down a bit.

02/18/2015

Election Poll

Watchdog Group Seeks Incentives For Small Campaign Donations

Illinois Public Interest Research Group director Abe Scarr said campaign finance records show contributions of more than $1,000 account for more than 86 percent of all money flowing to the five mayoral campaigns, while less than 2 percent of the dollars came from small contributions of less than $150.

02/17/2015

(credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Early Birds Line Up At City Hall For Shot At Sidewalk Café Permits

A dream of spring on their smiling faces, restaurant owners trudged through the snow Friday to get instructions on opening up sidewalk cafés from officials at City Hall.

02/06/2015

A crane hoists a replica Viking boat into the south entrance of the Field Museum. The boat will be the centerpiece of the new "Vikings' exhibit, opening Feb. 27, 2015. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM)

Viking Longboat Sails Into Field Museum For New Exhibit

A Viking longboat has been moved to safe harbor inside the Field Museum, where it’ll headline a new exhibit about the complexities of Viking culture.

02/05/2015

The USS Illinois under construction in Groton, Conn. (Credit: USSIllinois.org)

Retired Sub Captain Working To Make New USS Illinois More Comfortable For Sailors

“The Navy spends enormous amounts of money building a wonderful ship, and then puts in flimsy bunk curtains for the sailors,” said Len Wass, chairman of the USS Illinois Commissioning Committee.

02/04/2015

A gyrfalcon lands on a man's hand. (Credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

World’s Largest Falcon Species, Gyrfalcon, Spotted In Chicago Area

Chicago’s hosting an extremely rare visitor which is good for bird watchers but tough on other birds, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

02/03/2015

Volunteers using the web-based Milky Way Project brought star-forming
features, nicknamed “yellowballs,” to the attention of researchers (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Where Do Stars Come From? Space ‘Yellow Balls,’ Of Course

At least that is the name given to star cocoons spotted by volunteers who combed through infra-red photos of the Milky Way. WBBM’s John Cody reports.

01/30/2015

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former Investment Boss Gets 14 Years For ‘Horrific Fraud’

“I may be incompetent, but I’m not a thief,” Eric Bloom, 50, said as sentence was handed down.

01/30/2015

Hundreds attended a meeting to voice their opposition to a retirement package of the COD's outgoing president. (Credit: Brad Edwards)

Lawmaker Threatens To Punish College Of DuPage Over $750K Severance To President

A northwest suburban lawmaker was threatening to slash state funding for the College of DuPage, after its board of trustees agreed to a $762,868 severance package for the community college’s retiring president.

01/29/2015

Ice jams on the Kankakee River in Will County have prompted the closure of Warner Bridge Road, due to possible structural damage. The ice jams also are at risk of coming on shore and damaging homes, if the river rises much further. (Credit: CBS)

Flood Concerns Have Officials Keeping An Eye On Kankakee River Ice Jams

Ice jams have been forming on bends in the Kankakee River near Wilmington and that’s forcing water near, though not yet over, flood stage, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

01/28/2015

(Credit: Northwestern University)

Sister Of Warren Buffett Donates $100M To Northwestern

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s sister has donated $100 million to Northwestern University, which the suburban Chicago school says is the largest single gift in its history.

01/28/2015

Twin brothers Pedro and Margarito Flores were sentenced to 14 years each for drug conspiracy charges. They became informants against the Sinaloa Cartel, in exchange for reduced charges, and helped the feds nab cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (Undated wanted poster photos)

Twins Who Turned On Drug Cartel Get 14 Years In Prison

A federal judge has sentenced twin Chicago brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion U.S. drug franchise using cocaine and heroin supplied by Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

01/27/2015

A map detailing bridges in need of repair in the Chicago area. (Credit CMAP)

CMAP Creates Animated Map To Highlight Need For Improved Transportation Infrastructure

Chicago regional planners have devised a new animated map which they hope will convince lawmakers to ease up on the purse strings and start building and rebuilding bridges, roads and rail facilities to meet transit needs of next century.

01/26/2015

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