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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.


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.



‘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.


Thieves stole four decorative kick plates from the doors of The Pattington, a North Side condo building, on the day after Thanksgiving. (Credit: CBS)

North Side Thieves Targeting Kick Plates On Doors

We’ve heard of thieves targeting manhole covers, cooper pipes and wiring, even aluminum benches to sell to scrap yards for quick cash. But now there’s a new hot item catching their eyes: decorative kick plates on the bottom of doors.

CBS 2–12/05/2011

Cuban-American Alberto Gonzales looks forward to traveling to Havana. (CBS)

Chicago-To-Havana Flights Spark Interest Among Cuban-Americans Here

With new charter service to Havana, many Cubans here packing their bags for their first trip to the motherland in decades. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.


David Osama Haddad, 17, allegedly was beaten by another student at Lake Central High School in northwest Indiana. His parents claim he was bullied for a year and eventually attacked because he is of Middle Eastern descent. (Family Attorney Photo)

Parents Claim School Failed To Stop Bullying, Attack On Son

The family of a 17-year-old boy has filed a lawsuit against a northwest Indiana high school, alleging their son was taunted, bullied and brutally attacked, all because he is of Middle Eastern descent.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011

Kelli O'Laughlin (Courtesy: O'Laughlin Family)

Peers Hold Tennis Fundraiser To Remember Slain Teen

Organizers held the event at Kelli O’Laughlin’s tennis club to raise money in her honor. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.


credit: Activision

‘Modern Warfare 3′: A Look At Game’s Fans, Critics

The new “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ is just a video game, but some industry experts are predicting it will out gross some big box office blockbuster movies, like “Titanic.” CBS 2′s Mai Martinez takes a look at the game with its fans and its critics.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

Sharon Bialek attends a news conference to accuse Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment more than a decade ago on November 7, 2011 in New York City. Bialek is the fourth woman to accuse Cain of inappropriate behavior when he was while CEO of the National Restaurant Association. She stated she is speaking out because she wanted to give "a face and a voice" to support the other accusers who have remained anonymous. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Chicago-Area Woman Accuses Cain Of Sexual Harassment

A Chicago area woman said Monday that presidential candidate Herman Cain groped her more than a decade ago when she approached him for help finding a job.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

O'Hare International Airport

Battery Explosion At O’Hare Prompts Emergency Response

A battery inside a checked piece of baggage exploded at O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday, injuring a baggage handler.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2011

Drivers who regularly use the intersection of Bittersweet Place and Marine Drive have complained that private security guards at Lycée Français de Chicago – the French International School of Chicago – often stop traffic to allow cars to leave the school driveway, even though the guards have no legal authority to direct traffic. (Credit: CBS)

Drivers Say Security Guards Snarling Traffic At North Side Intersection

They have badges and uniforms, but no authority to direct traffic. Still, that’s not stopping private security guards from doing just that on a busy public street.

CBS 2–10/11/2011

This group of runners plan to run 100 miles this weekend, including the Chicago Marathon, as part of a rund-raising project. (CBS)

Charity Runners Will Each Do The Equivalent Of Four Marathons This Weekend

The Chicago Marathon is 26.2 miles for most participants. But, as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, for four runners, it will mark the end of a 100-mile run to help children a world away from Chicago.


Academy Award and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson at the grand opening of the Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers Center in Hyde Park on Sept. 27, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Jennifer Hudson Opens Weight Loss Center In Hyde Park

Academy Award winner and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson opened a new weight loss center in the Hyde Park neighborhood on Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2011

Chicago Police Officer Kevin Robinson (handout/CBS)

Police Officer Died After Inhaling Fumes

Noxious chemical fumes caused the death of a Chicago police officer, weeks after he breathed in fumes from a cleaning solution at the Morgan Park District police station, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2011

This pickup truck fled the scene after striking two elderly women on the 5700 block of West Lawrence Avenue. One of the women died, the other was seriously hurt. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Loved Ones Mourn Elderly Woman Killed In Hit-And-Run

As police searched for the driver in a deadly hit and run, friends and family of the 82-year old victim were mourning her death on Monday.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2011

John Granat

Son Charged With Beating Parents To Death In Palos Park

A 17-year-old boy high school student has been arrested and charged with beating his parents to death in their home in unincorporated Palos Park.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Someone used this fake Chicago Fire Department parking permit to park illegally in the striped-off area next to a handicapped parking spot near the Chicago Air & Water Show. (Credit: CBS)

City Probes Firefighters’ Use Of Unofficial Parking Permits

The Chicago Fire Department has launched an internal investigation into the use of unofficial parking placards, which are being used by firefighters from at least two firehouses in the city.

CBS 2–09/06/2011

Many Chicagoans were wearing jackets and sweatshirts on Sept. 5, 2011, as they were out celebrating Labor Day, when temperatures dropped to the low 60s after being in the 80s and 90s in the days before. (Credit: CBS)

Cool Labor Day Weather Has Chicagoans Bundling Up Early

For many out celebrating on Monday, the unexpectedly cold temperatures made this Labor Day seem much more like an official end to summer.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2011