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Governor Cuts 80 Free Parking Spots For State Workers

Gov. Pat Quinn has decided to eliminate dozens of state parking spaces downtown, taking away free parking for many state employees.

06/24/2014

One of 18 ornate box turtles released at an Illinois nature preserve, after they were hatched and spent their first year living at Lincoln Park Zoo. (Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo)

Lincoln Park Zoo Releases Turtles At Western Illinois Nature Preserve

Zoo curator Diane Mulkerin said the nest of 18 ornate box turtles pretty much ate all winter long, so have grown much faster than they would in the wild.

06/20/2014

The new Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags Great America features a 180-degree drop at an 85-degree angle to the ground, and reaches speeds of up to 72 mph. (Credit: Facebook)

New Goliath Roller Coaster Opens At Great America

A two-week delay for the grand opening of the new Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags Great America didn’t dampen the spirits of the passengers who experienced the twists and turns of the world’s tallest, fastest wooden roller coaster on Wednesday.

06/18/2014

Adel Daoud

Court Denies Access To FISA Surveillance Records In Terror Case

A federal appeals court has ruled a 20-year-old terrorism suspect has no right to see classified documents regarding how evidence against him was gathered, reversing a trial court’s ruling that would have given him unprecedented access to FISA court records.

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

A black bear was seen in DeKalb County and appears to have moved on to Ogle County. (DeKalb County Sheriff)

Wandering Black Bear Could Be Headed Back To Wisconsin

Chris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said it appears the bear is making a loop — down from Wisconsin; through Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, and Ogle counties; then apparently back northwest.

06/16/2014

A black bear seen near Genoa in DeKalb County is believed to be the same animal spotted in recent weeks in Winnebago County. (Photo from DeKalb County Sheriff's office)

Black Bear Spotted Again In Far West Suburbs

The far west suburban town of Genoa was abuzz Wednesday morning, with reports of a black bear sighting.

06/11/2014

Prison fence

Appeals Court Restores Prison Lawyer’s Credit For Good Behavior

It’s sadly said no good deed goes unpunished, but convicted felon Eric Grandberry at least managed to break even after working as a prison lawyer.

06/11/2014

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Illinois Lawmaker: Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana Inevitable Here

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz says she’d only support marijuana legalization if it came with drug abuse treatment funding as well as safeguards so that youths are discouraged from consuming pot.

02/21/2014

"Road heave" occurs following freezing and thawing on roadways. (CBS)

Freeze-Thaw Cycle Brings New Problem: ‘Road Heave’

Cook County Transportation Supt. John Yonan says “heave” occurs when water freezes and expands underneath the pavement — forcing it up into washboards, or bumps.

01/30/2014

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Block 37 Developer Indicted On Fraud Charges

A grand jury has indicted Lawrence Freed and his vice president, Caroline Walters, for allegedly whitewashing the books to get loans and city funds, according to federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

12/12/2013

Homeless Jesus sculptor and artist Tim Schmalz.

‘Homeless Jesus’ Statue Coming To Chicago

Chicago will soon host a sculpture that’s both inspired and angered viewers around there world.

12/10/2013

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Can’t Wait For Christmas? Apparently, Neither Can Macy’s

Summer’s not officially over, but on the 6th floor of Macy’s on State Street, it’s already Christmastime.

09/12/2013

The Muon G-2 Storage Ring sits outside Fermilab, waiting to begin its work in the search for dark matter. (Credit: Fermilab)

Physicist: New Fermilab Electromagnet A ‘Masterpiece Of Science’

A Fermilab scientist spoke Wendesday of beauty as he described a 50-foot electromagnet waiting to begin its work at its new home in Batavia.

WBBM Newsradio–09/11/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic challenger Bill Daley (Credit: CBS)

Daley Slams Governor On Capitol Renovation, Quinn Blocks Further Funds

Daley held a news conference Tuesday to blast Illinois’ 9.2 percent unemployment rate – the second worst in the nation, and the worst in the Midwest.

09/10/2013

The Divvy bike station at Daley Plaza is used by many city employees who work at City Hall, across the street, and get a discount on annual memberships in the bike sharing program. (Credit: CBS)

Divvy Bikes Team Up With Project Fixup To Match Couples For Dates

A matchmaking entrepreneur figures those blue Divvy bikes are good for more than tourists and commuters, so she’s making them the centerpiece of her latest fix-up effort.

08/27/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford (CBS File Photo)

RTA Board Slams Metra Board’s Severance Deal For Former CEO

Regional Transportation Authority board member William Coulson said former Metra chair Brad O’Halloran and director Larry Huggins sparked a clash with former CEO Alex Clifford over political hires at the agency.

08/21/2013

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Business Symposium To Focus On Legalization Of Medical Marijuana

Coming up in two weeks in downtown Chicago, an underground industry will step into the spotlight, at a symposium on marijuana growing.

08/11/2013

A Safe Passage worker staffs one of the dozens of routes set up to safely get kids to and from school. (Credit: CBS)

City Releases Maps Of New Safe Passage Routes For Schools

Several schools have been using Safe Passage routes since 2011, but now 59 additional schools will receive the same support, including the welcoming schools for students from 48 elementary schools that were closed in June.

08/09/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic challenger Bill Daley (Credit: CBS)

Daley Slams Quinn’s CTA Board Pick, Won’t Discuss Daley Family Patronage

Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley continued his attack on incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn to rescind his controversial pick for the CTA board, but ducked questions about patronage hiring under his brother and father, both former mayors.

08/08/2013

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