Photo Credit: Kenny Hoopla

This Summer’s Must Hear Midwest Musicians

Looking to refresh your music playlist? Make the most of your short Midwestern summer and check out these up-and-coming musicians, home-grown in the heartland.


A pile of road salt that public works crews in northwest suburban McHenry will use on roads during the year's first snowstorm on Dec. 20, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Road Salt Will Be Scarce, Expensive This Winter

The reward for surviving last winter’s frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — in some cases, five times as expensive as last season.


Boats pass under the Michigan Avenue bri

Trying To Define The True Midwest: It’s Not Easy

With apologies to the Founding Fathers, one truth we hold to be self-evident is that Illinois is part of the Midwest. Right? Maybe not.


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In Illinois, About 7.3 Percent Of Computers Run Windows XP, Potential Hacker Targets

Just how many computers are still running Windows XP?


A view of city lights as seen from a satellite in space. (Credit: Google Maps)

Chicago, Midwest Lights At Night As Seen From Space

Even from space, the lights from Chicago are blinding.


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NASA Captures Image Of Midwest ‘Whiteout’

When one looks at a photo like this, it makes one feel really, really small.



Orionid Meteor Shower Over Chicago Saturday, Sunday

One of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year will be on display over the Midwest this weekend.


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Glencoe Firefighter Reports Seeing Mountain Lion

Jim Almdale says he was doing his nightly checks in a wooded area near Glencoe Beach last week when he saw a cougar walk onto the road. CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey reports.

CBS 2–08/09/2012

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Mountain Lions Creeping Closer To Chicago

More and more of these big cats are turning up in the Midwest, looking for forested habitat. CBS 2’s Bill Kurtis reports.


Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly Population Exploding

If you keep your eyes open wandering Chicagoland, you may see a solitary apple tree or lilac bush being swarmed by butterflies – dozens, possibly over a hundred butterflies at a time.

WBBM Newsradio–04/17/2012

Tornado Graphic

Weather Radios Flying Off The Shelves After Tornadoes

Retailers are working hard to keep weather radios in stock, after tornadoes devastated parts of downstate Illinois and other Midwest locations last week.

WBBM Newsradio–03/06/2012

Extensive damage after an EF-4 tornado hit Harrisburg, Ill. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)(Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Harrisburg Residents Begin Process Of Healing After Tornado

Residents of Harrisburg, Ill., are now trying to come to grips with the devastation of a massive EF-4 tornado that struck on Wednesday morning and killed six people.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel urges state lawmakers to approve legislation allowing the city to install speed cameras. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: Dow Chemical Company To Bring 400 Jobs

The Dow Chemical Company is moving about 400 jobs to Chicago , Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall style meeting in Atkinson, Illinois, August 17, 2011, during the final day of his three-day bus tour in the Midwest centering on ways to grow the economy. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Wrapping Up Midwest Bus Tour In NW Illinois

President Barack Obama was wrapping up an official White House listening tour through the Midwest on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2011

Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Midwest Flooding Means Major Disruptions On Amtrak

Flooding in the Midwest this year has cost Amtrak in a big way.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

A ComEd truck parked behind a home after storms caused power outages on June 21, 2011.  (Credit: CBS)

ComEd Ranks Toward Bottom In Customer Satisfaction

With hundreds of thousands of people still without power from the storms on Monday, a timely consumer survey regarding utility companies ranks ComEd very low in terms of customer satisfaction.

WBBM Newsradio–07/14/2011

French High Speed Rail V150 Train

220 mph Bullet Train Suggested For Midwest

A new study says a Midwest bullet train could cost more than $83 billion, but it would also run at a speed of 220 mph.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011


Earthquake Drill Held For Illinois, 9 Other States

Residents of 10 Midwestern and Southern states took part in an earthquake drill called the Great Central U.S. Shakeout this morning.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011

Northwestern University

Forbes Ranks Northwestern Best Midwest School

In a new survey released last week, Forbes Magazine named Northwestern University the top undergraduate college in the Midwest. The University of Chicago came in second.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2010