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This massive sinkhole in Letitia and Frank Casto's back yard was only a few feet wide before heavy storms this past weekend, when heavy rain washed away so much soil, six trees collapsed into the 40-foot by 30-foot hole, which now is 30 feet deep. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS)

Massive Sinkhole Swallows Six Trees In Indiana Family’s Yard

A northwest Indiana couple finally convinced authorities to listen to their complaints about a sinkhole in their back yard, after it opened up over the weekend into a massive crater that swallowed six trees.

08/26/2014

More than 200 athletes registered in this year's Valor Games Midwest, double the size of the first Valor Games in 2010. (Credit: Twitter/@WorldSportChi)

Injured Vets Compete In Annual Valor Games At Soldier Field

The veterans planned to take part in three days of games that are as much about mental rehabilitation as physical – perhaps more.

08/20/2014

Our Lady of Victory School drew inspiration from the Blues Brothers and Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones in its effort to raise $400,000 in two weeks -- and $400,000 a year going forward -- to stay open. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

North Side Catholic School Starts New School Year After Facing Possible Closure

Students were back in the classrooms Tuesday at Our Lady of Victory School in Portage Park, after facing closure by the Catholic Archdiocese earlier this year, unless it came up with hundreds of thousands of dollars.

08/19/2014

Dozens of school marching bands, majorette squads, cheerleading teams, and other groups march in the annual Bud Billiken Parade, a longtime back-to-school tradition on the South Side. (Credit: CBS)

Bud Billiken Parade ‘Like A Big Homecoming’ To Grand Marshal Chaka Khan

Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade stepped off this morning, with recording artist Chaka Khan serving as grand marshal.

08/09/2014

The state of Illinois continues to buy land for a third Chicago airport. (CBS)

Quinn Insists Third Airport Is Closer To Reality

The state has spent $34 million acquiring a general aviation airport in Monee, Bult Field, which the governor says will be incorporated into a third regional airport. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

08/07/2014

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Safe Haven Program Wrapping Up For The Summer

Chicago Public Schools students on Thursday were celebrating a successful end to the Safe Haven program, in which churches across the city provide kids with summer activities to keep them off the streets.

08/07/2014

Fans are evacuated from Grant park due to an approaching storm during 2012 Lollapalooza at Grant Park on August 4, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Parks Advocate: Lollapalooza Has Paid Dividends To City, Neighborhoods

Lollapalooza, says Grant Park Conservancy President Bob O’Neill, has become one the of the best rock concert public-private partnerships in the world.

08/01/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Suburbs Near O’Hare Want New Jet Noise Studies

Suburbs west of O’Hare International Airport have placed a question on the November ballot, asking voters whether something needs to be done about the rise in jet noise.

07/31/2014

Chicago Police Officer John Mathews was beaten to death in May 1988. (Credit: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation)

Youth Baseball Board Steps Down After Cop Killer Allowed To Coach

There is a big debate in the far South Side Hegewisch neighborhood over a convicted cop killer who was allowed to coach kids’ baseball.

07/30/2014

Illinois State Police decal. (CBS)

State Police To Join Crackdown On Unsafe Truck Drivers

Illinois State Police have joined their counterparts in a dozen other states for a massive public safety initiative this weekend.

07/30/2014

Chicago Police Officer John Mathews was beaten to death in May 1988. (Credit: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation)

Officer’s Son Wants Youth Baseball Board Ousted For Letting Cop Killer Coach

Joey Mathews can still name all five men convicted of killing his father, Chicago Police Officer John Mathews, in Hegewisch 26 years ago, and he’s furious one of them has been coaching youth baseball in the same neighborhood, years after finishing his prison sentence.

07/29/2014

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Man With Concealed Carry Permit Fires At Robber As Police Arrive

A man with a concealed carry permit got involved when he witnessed an armed robbery at a wireless store in southwest suburban Crestwood over the weekend.

07/29/2014

Students with the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation help spruce up Humboldt Park as part of a world conference in Chicago. (Credit: Instagram)

World Conference In Chicago Teaches Students About Leadership

HOBY president and CEO Javier LaFianza said this week’s events were designed to help students identify their passions, and where they want to make a difference in the world.

07/22/2014

Texas artist Willie Baronet is walking around Chicago, buying signs from homeless people. for an art exhibit he's putting together. He bought two from Ulysses for $20, after they met on the Michigan Avenue Bridge.(Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

Artist Buying Signs From Homeless For Exhibit

A Texas artist mas walking around Chicago on Friday, buying the signs homeless people use to try to get people to give them money.

07/18/2014

Members of the Legislative Audit Commission conduct a hearing into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010. A state audit found the program was rife with problems, including mismanagement of program funds. (Credit: CBS)

Hearing On Quinn Anti-Violence Program Bogged Down By Partisan Debate

A bipartisan legislative panel was debating Wednesday morning whether to comply with a request from federal prosecutors to hold off on their own investigation a scandal-plagued anti-violence program Gov. Pat Quinn launched during his 2010 election run.

07/16/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Surfers Catching Rare Waves On Lake

Tuesday’s chilly temperatures hardly make for ideal beach weather, but windy conditions in northwest Indiana were a welcome change for surfers who haven’t been able to catch many waves this year.

07/15/2014

Officials unveil a sign naming U.S. Highway 20 in honor of late Mayor Rudy Clay. (Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

Gary Renames Highway 20 After Former Mayor Rudy Clay

The street naming played out like a funeral, with tributes to the former mayor on the steps of Gary City Hall, where the “Mayor Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Clay Memorial Highway” sign was unveiled Friday.

07/11/2014

Rahan Silversten and her mother, Kerry. (Credit: Facebook)

Girl Selling Lemonade To Help Soldiers Bring Home Rescued Dogs

Rahan Sivertsen has a soft spot for dogs and soldiers, so she came up with an idea to sell lemonade and watermelon to raise funds for the Puppy Rescue Mission, which assists in adoptions of stray dogs that soldiers have rescued from war zones.

07/11/2014

Jeff Westerfield. (Family photo)

Source: Not Enough Evidence Yet For Charges In Gary Cop’s Murder

A person of interest arrested in the murder of Gary Police Officer Jeff Westerfield on Sunday remained in custody on Friday, but has yet to be charged.

07/11/2014

Jasmine Curry (Family Photo)

Pregnant Mother Of 5 Killed On Dan Ryan Expressway

After losing his first-born daughter and his youngest son to gun violence in less than a year, Pierre Curry said “I’m going to lose my mind.”

07/09/2014

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