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Work crews have hauled hundreds of tons of debris from Fairdale in the week after a deadly tornado, but said cleanup likely will last another week or so. (Credit: CBS)

Group Of Storm Chasers To Donate Gift Cards To Northern Illinois Tornado Victims

A group of people who chase violent weather as a hobby are making donations next week to the tornado victims in Rochelle and Fairdale, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

5 hours ago

Samantha Fleming. (Source:Police)

Body Of Missing Mother Found In Gary Home

Police in two Indiana towns are sorting out the details of an alleged kidnapping and murder after a young mother’s body was found in a home in Gary, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

7 hours ago

Police taped off an area near East 74th Street and South Merrill Avenue after a Chicago Police officer shot a person Friday night in the South Shore neighborhood. | Reema Amin/Sun-Times Media

Police Fatally Shoot Man In South Shore

Chicago police shot and killed an 18-year-old man last night, after officers say he pointed a gun at them, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

8 hours ago

Demolition crews working in Fairdale, Illinois, found this cat in the rubble of a home destroyed by a tornado. (Credit: Kris Haberhehl/WBBM)

Demolition Crews Find Beauty (The Cat) Amid Devastation In Fairdale

For nearly a week now, WBBM Newsradio traffic reporter Kris Habermehl has been in the tornado zone near Rockford, serving as a volunteer firefighter.

04/15/2015

iPhone video of one of the tornadoes to hit north central Illinois on April 9, 2015. (Source: YouTube)

WATCH: Man Films Tornado From His Truck; ‘I Don’t Know How To Get Away’

Video posted on YouTube shows a North Carolina man’s close encounter with one of the powerful tornados that hit Illinois near Rockford last week.

04/14/2015

Photo Of Taxi Sign (Jim Davis/Getty Images)

Cabbie Gets Free Taxi Medallion After Giving 3,500 Rides To Disabled Passengers

A Chicago cabbie with a weak spot for the disabled has won the city’s Taxicab Driver Excellence Award, which comes with independence for the driver.

04/14/2015

Protesters marched through Chicago over the weekend, to call for a halt to the plan to close 53 Chicago public schools. (Credit: CBS)

Couple Sues CPS After Being Banned From School Board Meetings

An outspoken couple with four kids attending Chicago Public Schools has filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to overturn a district decision banning them from public meetings of the Chicago Board of Education.

04/14/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

More Absentee Ballots Counted As Five Aldermanic Races Remain Too Close To Call

More absentee ballots have been counted in five aldermanic races in Chicago that are still too close to call. WBBM’s Mike Krauser has the latest numbers.

04/11/2015

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Two Indiana Police Officers Disciplined After Calling For Car To Be Towed With Boy, 3, Inside

Two high-ranking officers with the Lake County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department have been disciplined after the Sheriff says they left a three-year-old child in a car that was towed after a traffic stop, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

04/11/2015

Demonstrators outside the Luke Oil station in Cedar Lake. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Protestors Picket Cedar Lake Gas Station After Fuel Mix-Up Damages Truck Engines

– Protestors were picketing Saturday morning outside a Cedar Lake gas station, attempting to get the owners to pay for repairs to their vehicles after a fuel mix-up led to their engines needing thousands of dollars in repairs.

04/11/2015

Animals at Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere trying to get back into their routine after Thursday's storm. (Credit: Samira Kanacevic)

Belvidere Zoo Ravaged By Tornado, Two Animals Killed

A zoo in Belvidere, Illinois, took a direct hit from one of the two tornadoes that touched down in north central Illinois on Thursday.

04/10/2015

Aerial view of damage from one of two tornadoes that hit just south of Rockford, Illinois, on Thursday. (Credit: CBS)

Washington Residents Hit By Twister Step Up To Help Fairdale Victims

Residents of an Illinois community devastated by a tornado in November 2013 were coming together Friday to help the victims of Thursday’s deadly tornado in Fairdale, Illinois.

04/10/2015

A previous Bark in the Park (courtesy: Anti-Cruelty Society)

‘Bark In The Park’ Shifted To The Web, Amid Canine Flu Concerns

The Anti-Cruelty Society is modifying the annual event, WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

04/09/2015

These four puppies were abandoned along County Line Road in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, Indiana, on March 28. All Breeds Rescue Angels is still trying to find their mother, who also was abandoned in the same area. (Credit: ABRA Inc.)

Rescue Group Trying To Find Mom Of Abandoned Puppies

All Breeds Rescue Angels said witnesses in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, Indiana, saw someone in a black SUV pull over and discard several puppies, then drive away on March 28. A few minutes later, the SUV returned, and someone pushed another dog, believed to be the mother of the puppies, out of the vehicle.

04/09/2015

Seven men died when this Cessna 414 crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, just after midnight on Arpil 7, 2015. (Credit: David Proeber, Bloomington Pantagraph)

Friends Honor Bloomington Plane Crash Victims: ‘It’s Hard To Imagine’

A day after losing seven members of the Illinois State University community in a plane crash – including two members of the athletic department – emotional friends of the victims shared memories of the lost.

04/08/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with commuters at the 95th Street Red Line station a day after winning a second term. (Credit: CBS)

Rahm: Surviving Runoff Will Make Me “A Better Mayor”

A day after securing his second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the historic runoff election in Chicago would make him “a better mayor,” after enduring a heated six-week contest against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a virtual unknown to most Chicagoans before he challenged the mayor.

04/08/2015

Seven men died when this Cessna 414 crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, just after midnight on Arpil 7, 2015. (Credit: David Proeber, Bloomington Pantagraph)

Seven Dead In Small Plane Crash Near Bloomington

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a Cessna 414 flying from Indianapolis to Bloomington went down about two miles away from Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington just after midnight. McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage confirmed all seven people on board were killed in the crash.

04/07/2015

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Elgin Hairdresser Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Elderly Client

A suburban hair stylist is charged with six felonies after being accused of stealing a customer’s credit card information and going on a months-long spending spree, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

04/04/2015

pizza-thinkstock

More Than $842K Raised For Indiana Pizzeria After Uproar Over Stance On Religious Freedom Law

The online fundraising campaign for the owners of an Indiana pizzeria who decided to close their restaurant amid threats over comments made about serving gays ended Friday night, having raised far more than anticipated, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

04/04/2015

Kamron Taylor (Credit: Kankakee County Sheriff)

Convicted Killer Captured In Chicago After Escape From Kankakee Jail

Officers responding to a call of a suspicious person about 9 p.m. in the 9200 block of South Stony Island found escapee Kamron T. Taylor, who led them on a brief foot chase, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

04/04/2015

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