Mai Martinez

U.S. Army Spc. Brad Liberio returned home to Crestwood, Ill., on July 3, 2012, after spending a year serving overseas. (Credit: CBS)

Crestwood Soldier Celebrates Homecoming In Time For 4th Of July

While Americans are celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, one Crestwood family will have even more to celebrate – the safe homecoming of a soldier who had been serving in Afghanistan.

CBS 2–07/03/2012

A TV camera is set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ruling On Ariz. Law Draws Mostly Negative Reaction From Immigrant Advocates

Under the high court’s 5-3 ruling, police officers in Arizona can still ask everyone they stop or arrest to prove they are in the country legally.

06/25/2012

Dr. Nancy Jones

Cook County Medical Examiner To Retire At End Of July

After months of investigations into an overcrowding scandal at the Cook County morgue, the office is undergoing a major shakeup.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2012

It's been 50 years since Mai Martinez's father left Cuba as an 11-year-old boy. As a special Father's Day gift, she took him back. (That is Mai's father in the front passenger seat.) These are some of the images from that trip. (Credit: Mai Martinez)

Mai Martinez Takes Dad Back To Cuba After 50 Years

Many of us are still trying to figure out just what to get dad for Father’s day, but CBS 2’s Mai Martinez doesn’t have to worry about that. She’s already given her dad something close to his heart: a trip back to his native Cuba.

CBS 2–06/13/2012

Gold Coast Mob Attack

Eight Teens Charged In Mob Attacks Over The Weekend

Eight people have been charged with mob action, after four people were hurt in at least three mob attacks in and near downtown over the weekend.

CBS Chicago–06/10/2012

Kids play in a sprinkler at Washington Park on Memorial Day, when temperatures reached as high as 95 degrees in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

Chicagoans Doing All They Can To Beat The Record Heat

Record high temperatures in Chicago on Monday made it another perfect day to be at any of Chicago’s beaches.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2012

A Citgo gas station in Chicago Heights ran out of gas on May 5, 2012, after someone had been tampering with some of the gas pumps for two weeks, in order to allow them to pump free gas without the clerk's knowledge. (Credit: CBS)

Pump Tampering Leads To $12K Theft From Suburban Gas Station

A south suburban gas station gave out about $12,000 worth of free gas over a two-week period recently, but it wasn’t part of a promotion, it was because someone tampered with the pumps.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

Jefferson Tap & Grille (CBS)

Civil Trial Over Jefferson Tap Fight Begins

Three Chicago police officers who were acquitted of criminal charges in connection with a 2006 bar fight were back in court Monday.

05/07/2012

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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