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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

Steve Matanich and his fiancee. (Supplied to CBS)

Former Joliet Man Coming Home After Honduras Drops Smuggling Charges

A former Joliet resident who was held for nearly two months in a prison in Honduras has been freed and is on his way out of the country, after the government dropped weapons charges against him and other crew members of a salvage ship.

06/27/2014

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High Court Rejection Of Mass. Abortion Clinic ‘Buffer Zone’ Could Have Impact Here

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Massachusetts law that created a buffer zone around abortion clinics, and it is expected to have an impact on so-called “sidewalk counselors” in Chicago.

06/26/2014

Low clouds cover the tops of the Hancock Center and Trump Tower in Chicago on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  The winter's polar vortex is partly responsible for fog and low clouds that have been common in recent weeks, because Lake Michigan is still very cold in spots, and creates fog from the moist air. (Credit: CBS)

Sick Of The Fog? Blame The Polar Vortex

If you’ve felt like you’ve been living in San Francisco the past couple weeks, that’s just another weird weather phenomenon you can blame on the brutal weather this past winter.

06/26/2014

The "Dixmoor Five" were men who were wrongfully convicted of a murder they didn't commit. (CBS)

‘Dixmoor 5′ Settle Lawsuit Against State Police For $40M

Five men wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in the infamous “Dixmoor 5” case have agreed to settle their federal lawsuit against Illinois State Police for $40 million.

06/25/2014

Fossil meteorites embedded in limestone from Sweden fell to earth 500 million  years ago. (Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

Rare Fossil Meteorites To Go On Display At Field Museum

They were found in a limestone quarry in Sweden in the 1950s. They sat in an office for three decades until an expert noticed them and determined they’re meteorites.

06/18/2014

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon talks about the effects concussions have had on his health, including dementia and severe migraines, which led to thoughts of suicide. (Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

McMahon: ‘I Wouldn’t Be Here’ If I Kept Guns At Home

Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon was in Chicago on Tuesday ahead of the Sports Legacy Institute’s first annual Chicago gala Wednesday evening, when he’ll be honored for becoming a public face of concussions in the NFL.

06/17/2014

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Rahm Still Thinks Trump Sign Tasteless, But Not Trying To Take It Down

Regardless of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel or many other Chicagoans might think of the new TRUMP sign emblazoned on the side of the 96-story Trump International Hotel & Tower, it appears the sign is here to stay.

06/13/2014

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

“Hadiya’s Promise” Seeks To Be A Voice For Change

Nearly a year and a half after her tragic murder, Hadiya Pendleton’s parents have launched a national non-profit in her name, with the goal of saving other children.

06/13/2014

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Long-Lost Dog Found In Rogers Park To Be Reunited With Owner In D.C.

A pug who escaped from his owners’ back yard in Chicago three years was being reunited with his family, thanks to the help of a Chicago Police officer who found him earlier this week.

06/11/2014

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