Mai Martinez

Barbara Zeman, ordained in 2008, is one of a growing number of women priests, although they are not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. (Credit: CBS)

Church Approval Or Not, More Women Seeking Priesthood

Since 2002, 122 women worldwide have been ordained bishops, priests or deacons; 92 of them in the United States, including two who are active in the Chicago area

CBS 2–05/06/2013

Jodi Eastgate lost this wedding ring at The Drake Hotel when she forgot to put it back on after checking out. She and a staff member later managed to dig it out of garbage that had gone through a trash compactor. (Credit: CBS)

Woman Loses Wedding Ring At Drake Hotel, But Gets It Back From Trash

A Chicago vacation for a family from Tennessee almost ended in heartache this week, after Jodi Eastgate’s $15,000 wedding ring ended up in their hotel’s trash compactor, along with five tons of garbage.

CBS 2–04/26/2013

A bus driver braves flood waters Monday morning, prompting his suspension. (CBS)

VIDEO: School Bus Driver Plows Through Flood Water

After days of flooding, it’s something we’ve heard over and over again: Don’t drive through flood waters. But a school bus driver did just that Monday.

04/22/2013

Bagpipers march in the 2009 South Side Irish Parade. Organizers shut down the parade after that year due to drunken violence among the crowd. Organizers plan a one-year trial of a new parade with a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol in 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Stricter South Side Irish Parade Marks 2nd Year

After a three-year hiatus, the parade returned last year with a zero tolerance policy for drunks. As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, organizers say expect the same crackdown this year.

03/08/2013

New members of the Chicago Police Department graduated Friday. (CBS)

Police Graduates To Hit The Streets, With Optimism

Friday’s graduation marked the realization of a dream for 53 Chicago police officers. Among them was 28-year-old Jose Rivera, Jr. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

02/22/2013

Elgin police car (CBS)

Elgin Police: Online Registry Of Pawned Items Has Curbed Burglaries

Elgin pawn shops, gold resellers and similar businesses are now required to use Leads Online to enter information about customers and items they’re pawning or selling. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

02/11/2013

Sudan natives (left to right) Wal Khat, Mangisto Deng, Makur Puou, and Akim Nyang transferred to Moosehart, a boarding school in Batavia last year. (Credit: Mooseheart)

Judge Allows Sudanese Players To Suit Up For Batavia School Basketball Team

The Mooseheart Ramblers hit the basketball court with extra bounce in their steps Tuesday night, after a judge ruled three Sudanese players previously declared ineligible by the Illinois High School Association could play until there’s a full hearing on their eligibility.

12/04/2012

David Petraeus (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Emanuel, Durbin Weigh In On Petraeus Scandal

The Chicago mayor and Illinois’ senior U.S. senator were asked Monday about the sex scandal that ended the CIA of David Petraeus.

11/12/2012

The principal of Christ's Academy Christian School in Shorewood, Ill., has been accused of bullying students, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating. (Credit: CBS)

Shorewood Principal Accused Of Bullying Students

It’s a disturbing allegation of bullying in a suburban school. The person accused of doing the bullying is not a student, it’s the principal of the school.

CBS 2–11/09/2012

This is the suspect seen on video stealing a donation jar from a Crown Point, Ind. shop. The donations were to benefit a young cancer patient. (The Smoke Shop)

VIDEO: Thief Steals Young Cancer Patient’s Donation Jar

The suspect may have gotten away with the cash, but surveillance cameras captured his every move. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

11/02/2012

Generic Original Reporting

Sources: Off-Duty Cop Accused Of Buying Pot For 3 Teen Girls

CBS 2 has learned a Chicago police officer is being investigated for allegedly supplying a group of minors with marijuana while he was off-duty.

CBS 2–10/16/2012

Chicago Police Lt. Ken Bigg explains his job to CBS 2's Mai Martinez during a recent ride-along. (CBS)

Englewood Ride-Along: Violence, Guns, Hope

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez went on patrol Friday night to see just what officers are up against and how they’re fighting it.

10/15/2012

Chicago police recruits in training at the police academy. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Of Recruits Prepping To Join Ranks Of Chicago Police

As the numbers of murders and shootings in Chicago continue to rise, the cries for more police officers have been getting louder.

CBS 2–10/09/2012

The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus that has killed at least five people. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Chicago Clinic Says It Pulled Steroid In Wake Of Meningitis Scare

There are no reported meningitis cases in Illinois, but as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, hundreds of patients at three Chicago-area facilities are being warned.

10/05/2012

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy rides patrol on a Chicago street on Sept. 24, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Murder Rate Down In September; McCarthy: ‘Something’s Working’

With Chicago’s murder rate capturing national headlines, Police Supt Garry McCarthy is on the defense, touting recent progress his department has made in the fight against crime.

CBS 2–09/25/2012

Empty Classroom

Parents, Students Look Forward To End Of Strike

It’s been a week of teacher-less school, and an end to the strike can’t come soon enough for parents and some students.CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

09/14/2012

Flooding from heavy rain on Sunday in the Clearing neighborhood left ankle-deep water in Tom Ramos' basement. (Photo courtesy Tom Ramos)

Sunday’s Rain Causes Flooding Problems For Homes Near Midway

Given the drought conditions gripping the Midwest, the Chicago are really needs rain, but on Sunday, some areas got much more than they could handle.

CBS 2–08/27/2012

Stephan Triplett and De'Quan Thompson transferred from Fenger High School and are now ineligible to play football at their new school. (CBS)

2 Football Players Flee Fenger Violence, Ruled Ineligible To Play At New High School

Many players are dreaming of big games and championships, but as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, those dreams have been shattered for some athletes before the school year even begins.

08/17/2012

Vials of allergenic samples used for allergy scratch tests. (Credit: CBS)

Extremely High Mold Count Has Allergy Sufferers Feeling Miserable

The enjoyable temperatures and sunny skies lately have been a welcome respite from the heat wave Chicago went through last month, but another factor in our recent weather has been making plenty of people sick.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2012

Lake Michigan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago’s New Tourism Office Faces Possible Roadblock – Violence

Move over San Francisco and watch out New York — Chicago is now the second best city in the U.S. and Canada, according to Travel+Leisure magazine.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2012

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