Mai Martinez

Melissa Calusinski has been sentenced to 31 years in prison, after her conviction for first-degree murder in the death of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan. She allegedly tossed the boy to the ground at the daycare center where she worked. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

’48 Hours’ Examines Daycare Death And Asks: Was Teacher Wrongly Convicted?

Police video shows suspect Melissa Calusinski being grilled by Lake Count detectives. Seventy-nine times, over the course of several hours, she denies any involvement in the death of of the toddler. Finally, after some nine hours, she changes her story.

02/26/2015

Greenfield Academy is a private school in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. (CBS)

North Side Academy Is Too Cool For School

Sitting on comfy couches reading and working with computers — not at desks with textbooks. And having a working lunch — not in a cafeteria. This is not your typical school. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

02/13/2015

Anthony Diaz (Supplied photo)

Boy, 13, Shot And Killed In Belmont-Cragin

A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in front of his sisters in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood late Sunday, and his family said the shooting might have been the result of a post on Facebook.

02/09/2015

Ertharin Cousin (CBS)

Chicago Native Leads World Effort To End Hunger

Ertharin Cousin grew up on Chicago’s West Side, in the Lawndale neighborhood, the oldest daughter of a social worker and community organizer.

12/26/2014

Chicago Police Capt. Edward Kulbida (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police Captain Wounded In Standoff Returns To Work

Chicago Police captain returned to work two months after being shot in a violent standoff two months ago that also left another officer injured.

12/16/2014

CBS 2's Mai Martinez playing a reporter in the hit TV show Scorpion. (Credit: CBS)

CBS 2 Reporter Gets First Hand Look At Hit Show Scorpion

Ever wonder what it’s like on the set of a CBS hit drama? Mai Martinez got to find out first hand when she was flown out to LA to play a part in Monday night’s episode of Scorpion.

12/15/2014

True Value  Hardware CEO John Hartmann on the show Undercover Boss. (Credit CBS)

CEO Of Chicago-Based Hardware Company Goes Undercover As Employee

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports on why the CEO featured on Sunday night’s episode of Undercover Boss is especially cut out for the job.

12/14/2014

Magnificent Mile Lights Fest . (Credit: CBS)

Magnificent Mile Lights Fest Marks 23rd Year

With the milder temperatures, it was the perfect night for a parade and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival didn’t disappoint.

11/23/2014

(Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Experts: How Smart-Phone Apps Collect Your Personal Information

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez has an eye-opening look at the dangers lurking in apps.

11/10/2014

Surveillance images of a suspect who police police believe tied a woman up and robbed her.

Police Searching For Suspects After Riverdale Woman Robbed, Tied Up

For the first time, a south suburban woman talks about the morning a man broke into her home, tied her up and robbed her.

11/10/2014

State Rep. La Shawn Ford arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Monday, when federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges, and he pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor tax charge. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Ford Spared Jail, Gets Probation And Fine For Tax Charge

A federal judge has sentenced Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford to probation and a fine for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.

11/07/2014

A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Some Pediatricians Waiting On Flu Vaccines For Kids

But The Centers for Disease Control says the lack of supply is due to a shipping delay and not an actual shortage of the vaccine. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

10/27/2014

Human remains were found in a home in Fowler, Ind. (Credit; CBS)

Dismembered Body Found In Hegewisch Identified As Missing Man

In the span of two weekends, human remains found at two homes. One in Chicago, the other in Indiana. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

10/14/2014

Chicago Police Detective Chris Ross (CBS)

Detective Recounts Being Caught In The Crossfire

Detective Chris Ross and Capt. Ed Kulbida found themselves wounded and in the middle of Tuesday’s standoff between law enforcement and a 42-year-old Indiana fugitive. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

10/10/2014

Daniel Brown (Chicago Police)

Second Cop Was Injured In Shootout With Fugitive Suspect This Week

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says a Chicago police detective at the scene of Tuesday’s standoff didn’t even realize he had been hit until the next day.

10/09/2014

Suburban police practice responding to an "active shooter" scenario. (CBS)

Suburban Police Practice ‘Active Shooter’ Response

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes us inside potentially life-saving training.

09/22/2014

Elgin Police Department

Elgin Police Department Casts Net To Puerto Rico For Recruits

Elgin police say Latinos now make up roughly 45 percent of the city’s 110,000 residents. But that presence isn’t as well represented on Elgin’s police force. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

09/19/2014

Members of the Ferguson Police department wear body cameras during a rally August 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Chicago Police May Equip Officers With Body Cameras

Some police agencies using the body cameras say they’ve seen dramatic drops in complaints against officers. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

09/01/2014

Officials unveil a monument to the victims of the Burr Oak grave reselling scandal on the grounds of the Alsip. In 2009, authorities discovered hundreds of graves had been dug up, and bodies dumped in mass graves, to resell burial plots. (Credit: Mai Martinez/CBS)

Burr Oak Monument Honors Victims Of Burial Scandal

After touring the now pristine cemetery, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the change there over the past five years has been remarkable.

08/29/2014

CBS 2

CBS 2 Expanding Weekend Newscasts

Beginning September 13, 2014, CBS 2 will expand its Saturday and Sunday morning and evening newscasts by a total of three hours each weekend. In addition, the station will begin airing syndicated classic episodes of The Good Wife and Blue Bloods after its weekend 10 p.m. newscasts.

08/05/2014

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