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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel, Garcia Spar Over Obama Presidential Library Bid

The second phase of Chicago’s mayoral campaign is underway with the two sides battling it out over the proposed Obama Presidential Library.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (Credit: CBS)

Round Two Begins In Race For Mayor; Emanuel Vs. Garcia On April 7

After suffering an embarrassing setback in his bid for a second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces six more weeks of campaigning, in a head-to-head battle with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.


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Thieves Steal Nearly Half A Million In Diamonds From Schaumburg Store

It happened at about 8 p.m. when two males walked into the Jared jewelry store in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.


A deer in a forest preserve near the Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest, Ill. (Credit: Cook County Forest Preserve District)

Cook County Forest Preserves Celebrate District’s Centennial

One of the treasures of Cook County, the Cook County Forest Preserve District, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. On Wednesday, county commissioners paid tribute to the district’s founders.


Father Michael Pfleger talks about his new role at St. Sabina and for the Archdiocese. (CBS)

Fr. Pfleger: Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lives On

A day ahead of the federal holiday in his name, parishioners at St. Sabina Church celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday.


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SW Michigan Nuclear Plant Reports Oil Leaked Into Lake Michigan For Two Months

Federal regulators are being told that oil has been seeping into Lake Michigan from a Michigan nuclear power plant for more than two months, reports WBBM’s John Waelti.


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Gov. Quinn Grants Clemency To Three Abolitionists

Governor Quinn has added three more names to his clemency list, men convicted of what were then crimes more than 170 years ago.


Computer rendering of the Big Marsh Eco-Park, a nature preserve and mountain bike park planned for a former industrial site just east of Lake Calumet. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Old Industrial Site On Lake Calumet To Become Nature Preserve, Bike Park

The centerpiece of what will be known as Big Marsh Eco-Park will be a 45-acre mountain bike park; including a single-track trail, a dual slalom course, a dirt jump trail, a pump track, a cyclocross course, a short-track course, a gravity flow trail, a slope-style course, and a bicycle skills area.


Bicyclists gather at Daley Plaza on Friday for the 23rd annual Bike To Work Rally. (Credit: Twitter/bikechicago)

Cyclists Celebrate Chicago Bike Week At Daley Plaza

The Bike To Work Rally is the culmination of Chicago Bike Week, a weeklong series of activities to promote bicycle commuting.


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Search Party Organized To Look For Missing Lake Villa Man

The search continues for a Lake Villa man missing for more than 2 weeks.


Victory Center nursing home in Park Forest. (Credit: CBS)

State Police Probe Death Of Elderly Man Shot By Cops

Illinois State Police have launched an investigation into why police in Park Forest shot a 95-year-old man with a bean bag round, leading to the man’s death.


Tennis Hall of Fame recipients Billie Jean King (R) and Martina Navratilova hold a miniature Wimbledon trophy. Each woman has won a record 20 titles in singles and doubles tennis at Wimbledon.  Tennis Hall of Fame recipients Billie Jean King (R) and Martina Navratilova hold a (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

LGBT Sports Hall Of Fame To Open In Chicago

It’s the first hall of fame – at least on a national scale – to recognize LGBT athletes and their supporters.


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Parents Protest School Budget Cuts, Seek State Audit Of CPS Budget

Claiming the move to close 49 elementary schools won’t save any money, opponents of the Emanuel administration’s plans protested outside CPS headquarters on Monday, asking state leaders to step in.


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Study: 20 To 30 Percent Of CPS Students Rarely Use Technology In School

A new study commissioned by the University of Chicago paints a disappointing picture of technology use among public school students in Chicago.

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Chicago Department of Transportation workers fill a pothole on a city street. (Credit: CBS)

City On Pace To Fill 100,000 Potholes This Month

“It’s perfect pothole growing season, as we like to say around here,” Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Pete Scales said.


Funky fashion and lots of mud, here's a photo recap of Lollapalooza. Find more photos at B96 Chicago! (Photo by Randall Starr/ B96 Chicago)

Early Bird Passes For Lollapalooza Sold Out

Music fans wasted no time Tuesday morning snapping up early-bird specials for this year’s Lollapalooza music festival.


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Chicago’s Oldest Pet Store Stops Selling Dogs From Puppy Mills

Chicago’s oldest pet store has decided to make some big changes.


Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka: Pension Bill Has Promise

It’s being hailed as one of the most workable solutions to the state’s $95 billion dollar pension mess, and it could get a vote this week.


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Female Firefighters Honored At Thompson Center

One by one they were called out, 14 firefighters, all of them women. During this, women’s History Month, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka homered them for climbing the ranks.


Bagpipers march in the South Side Irish Parade on March 10, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Families Celebrate At South Side Irish Parade

As the bagpipes, marching bands and fire trucks rolled down Western Avenue, the biggest crowds were near the start of the route at 103rd and Western.