Mai Martinez

Dianne McGrath has taken up shooting as a hobby, and she finds it relaxing. (CBS)

For More Women, Ladies’ Night Out Includes Time At The Shooting Range

More and more women are buying guns and learning how to use them. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

04/30/2012

1040 Federal Tax Return (credit: AP)

Instant Tax Service Accused Of Fraud

As the Tuesday midnight tax filing deadline looms, many people are turning to tax preparers who promise rapid returns. But as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, the Better Business Bureau has a warning about those services, and one in particular doing business in the Chicago area.

CBS 2–04/16/2012

Diana Aguilar -- clutching a picture of her daughter Aliyah Shell, who was killed by gunfire over the weekend -- sits on her daughter's bed, surrounded by balloons, stuffed animals and photos of Aliyah. (Credit: CBS)

Mom Of Girl Killed On Front Porch: ‘They’re Not People, They’re Animals’

The mother of a 6-year-old girl who was gunned down in front of her Little Village home over the weekend said the two purported gang members charged with murder are “not people, they’re animals.”

CBS Chicago–03/19/2012

A Jet Blue flight from Boston to Chicago was diverted to Buffalo, N.Y., on March 12, 2012, due to a bomb threat. Authorities later determined the threat was not genuine and was tied to a domestic dispute, and the flight was cleared to resume to Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Flight To Chicago Diverted Over Bomb Threat Hoax

A flight from Boston to Chicago was diverted to Buffalo, N.Y., Monday morning, after authorities received a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax tied to a domestic dispute.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2012

Richard Bolling, 42, a Chicago police officer, was convicted of reckless homicide and drunk driving in a 2009 crash that killed a 13-year-old boy riding a bicycle. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Former Cop Gets 3 Years In Deadly DUI Crash

A former Chicago Police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison for driving drunk, hitting and killing a 13-year-old boy, and speeding off.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2012

William Balfour is charged with killing three members of singer Jennifer Hudson's family in October 2008. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Prosecutors Want Hudson’s Sister To Testify At Husband’s Murder Trial

The man accused of killing three members of singer Jennifer Hudson’s family is scheduled for trial in less two more months, but already there is some heavy legal wrangling over who will testify.

02/28/2012

The new iPhone 4 is displayed at the flagship Apple Store on Fifth Avenue on June 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In Schaumburg, Apple iPhones Taking Bite Out Of Crime

Police officers in the northwest suburb are using all kinds of apps to help keep criminals at bay. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

02/27/2012

Hustle Up The Hancock

Thousands Climb To The Top For Hustle Up The Hancock

Four thousand climbers took part in the 15th annual Hustle up the Hancock at the John Hancock Center Sunday.

CBS 2–02/27/2012

State Sen. Annazette Collins (left) has demanded an apology from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (right) for comparing her to convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. White has said he won't apologize. (Credit: CBS)

White Won’t Apologize For Comparing Collins To Blago; Collins Won’t Sue

They were once allies, but now Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and State Sen. Annazette Collins (D-Chicago) are at odds. Collins is threatening to sue White for libel for comparing her to convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS 2–02/21/2012

Private detectives said Valentine's Day is a busy day for tracking down cheaters. If you suspect the one you love is cheating on you, you can also use any number of gadgets, like a recording device hidden in a teddy bear, to spy on your spouse or significant other. (Credit: CBS)

Valentine’s Day A Busy Day For Private Eyes

We all know florists are super busy on Valentine’s Day, but did you know it’s also a busy holiday for private investigators? CBS 2’s Mai Martinez spent the day with a Chicago private detective on the hunt for cheaters.

CBS 2–02/14/2012

Keenan Cahill performs in a YouTube video with 50 Cent. (YouTube)

York High Sophomore Living His ‘Teenage Dream’ On YouTube

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks with Keenan Cahill, the Internet lip-synching sensation who has joined some of his favorite performers in music videos.

02/12/2012

Josiah Pickard Elementary School (Credit: CBS)

Dozens Of Complaints Filed Against Pilsen Principal

Allegations were coming to light on Tuesday against the principal of a Chicago public school in the Pilsen neighborhood. Teachers have filed dozens of complaints against the man in his five years as principal.

CBS 2–02/07/2012

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Chicago Teen Using Laughs To Cope With Cancer

They say laughter is the best medicine, and a Chicago father-son duo is really put that old adage to the test.

CBS 2–01/31/2012

An Elgin Police Department squad car on patrol. (Credit: CBS)

Elgin Police Focus Efforts On Spike In Burglaries

Crime in Elgin is at a 40-year low, but police said they’re also seeing a dramatic spike in burglaries, which shot up 31 percent last year.

CBS 2–01/26/2012

Chicago Police Officer Nathaniel Taylor (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Trial Underway For Man Charged With Killing Cop In 2008

The trial of an accused cop killer got underway Monday with emotional and graphic testimony.

CBS Chicago–01/23/2012

Vandals broke the windshield of Cory Morgan's car in Elgin on Jan. 2, 2012, as well as the rear window of her SUV. Her car windows have been broken three times since August 2011. Possibly two dozen more cars in the neighborhood have been vandalized over the past five months. (Credit: CBS)

Elgin Community Plagued By Vandals Breaking Car Windows

Are people being targeted by vandals in one suburban neighborhood or are they just innocent victims? That’s the question Elgin police are trying to figure out after several cars were vandalized Monday – and it wasn’t the first time.

CBS 2–01/03/2012

Temperatures were near 50 degrees in some parts of the Chicago area on Dec. 26, 2011, bringing plenty of joggers, cyclists and even fishermen to the lakefront to enjoy the unusually warm winter weather. (Credit: CBS)

Old Man Winter Must Have Hit The Snooze Button

It’s the day after Christmas, but it seems like someone forgot to tell Old Man Winter, because neither snow nor temperatures see to be falling. He must have hit the snooze button when winter officially started a few days ago, because the weather has been more like autumn.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2011

Thanks to two youngsters, Owen Payton, 5, was enjoying his special "adaptive" bike on Saturday. (CBS)

Boy Gets Special Bike For Christmas, Thanks To Giving Youngsters

Out in the western suburbs, Christmas came a day early for one little boy with special needs. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/24/2011

Sami Samir Hassoun

Prosecutors Working On Plea Deal For Wrigleyville Bomb Suspect

A plea deal was in the works on Tuesday for a man accused of trying to set off a bomb near Wrigley Field on the night of a Dave Matthews Band concert last year.

12/20/2011

Texting

‘Locked Debit Card’ Text Alerts Are Fake

If you’re one of the millions of people who use banking text alerts, beware. Suspicious text messages went out to cell phones across Chicago this weekend warning of “locked debit cards.” But as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, it’s just a new take on an old scam.

12/19/2011

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