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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

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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