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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.

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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

Doctor Generic

Experts Warn Of Ill Health Effects Of Office Environment, Particularly Prolonged Sitting

Your cubicle could be making you sick, reports WBBM’s John Cody. There’s even a word for it: obesogenic, according to Advocate Christ Dr. Teresa Zamojski.

01/26/2015

Artistic rendering of a Whole Foods Market planned for the Englewood neighborhood. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Potential Whole Foods Suppliers Flock To Englewood Workshop

Chicago area entrepreneurs filled an auditorium at Kennedy-King College on Friday, hoping Whole Foods would pick their products to fill the shelves of a store scheduled to open in Englewood at the end of the year.

01/23/2015

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Adler Planetarium Shoots For Moon Exhibit Funding With Crowdsourcing Campaign

The Adler Planetarium is trying to go where few non-profits have gone before: to crowdfunding for financial support. WBBM’s John Cody explains.

01/21/2015

The troop of 8 Japanese Macaques will be meeting the public starting May 1. (Credit: John Cody)

Japanese Macaques Move Into New Exhibit At Lincoln Park Zoo

A troop of Japanese Snow Monkeys has moved into Lincoln Park Zoo, where keepers want them interested as well as well fed, in the new Macaque Forest.

01/21/2015

Heather Mack, of Chicago, stands as she arrives in a courtroom during her first hearing trial on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

Judge Releases $150K From Trust Fund To Bali Murder Suspect

A 19-year-old Chicago woman facing murder charges in the death of her mother in Bali has been given access to more than $150,000 from her mother’s estate to pay her legal expenses in Indonesia.

01/20/2015

A city worker installs a speed camera near Gompers Park. (Credit: CBS)

Driver Accuses City Of Illegally Issuing Speed Camera Tickets On Non-School Days

A Chicago motorist has filed a lawsuit demanding millions of dollars in refunds for tickets issued by school zone speed cameras on days when classes were not in session.

01/09/2015

Gavel

Former Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced For Using Excessive Force

A federal judge says “what happened here was extremely serious,” as she sentences a former sheriff’s deputy for brutalizing a prisoner in the Maywood lockup, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

01/07/2015

Members of the Illinois House and Senate hold a joint committee hearing on the state of child welfare at the Department of Children and Family Services. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series

The head of the agency that oversees children who are wards of the state told state lawmakers Wednesday that a revolving door at the top is partly to blame for abuses that have plagued the department for decades.

01/07/2015

Commuters cross the Chicago River on their way to work as temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit during the morning rush on January 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits today and three to six inches of snow are expected to fall this evening.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Are The Chicago River And Lake Michigan Smoking? Not Really

Photographers have been having a field day along the lakefront and Chicago River, capturing images of the swirling mist over the water, known as sea smoke or frost smoke. It might be called smoke, but it’s just water vapor.

01/06/2015

Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Implementing Changes To Prevent Last Year’s Cold Weather Problems

Metra says it’s putting into practice, everything it learned during last year’s Polar Vortex which created long and repeated delays for commuters, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

01/05/2015

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

ACLU: Racial Disparity In Traffic Stops Still A Problem

An analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union has revealed African-American drivers bear an undue burden of traffic stops in Chicago.

01/05/2015

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

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