Mike Krauser

John Laco (Supplied Photo)

Investigators: Police Officers Justified In Fatal Shooting Of Elderly Man

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force has determined police officers in Lake Station, Indiana, were justified when they shot and killed an elderly man who pointed a shotgun at them, and a report sheds some light on what appeared to have been a “suicide by cop.”

12/12/2014

Luna, a orphan sea otter pup, was brought to the Shedd Aquarium after she was rescued in California in September. (Credit: Shedd Aquarium)

Meet Shedd Aquarium’s Newest Star, Luna The Sea Otter

More than 10,000 votes were cast in the contest to name the rescued orphan sea otter who had been known as Pup 681.

12/12/2014

Rohit Bhansali (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Freed After 6 Months In Jail For Failing To Pay Child Support

An Indian immigrant who has spent the past six months in jail for failing to pay child support was set free Thursday, by the same judge who had him locked up, after an anonymous lawyer intervened on the man’s behalf.

12/11/2014

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Gurnee Mayor Blasts School Board Member’s Comments On Gays, Lesbians

A member of the Warren Township school board created a firestorm last week, when she said the district should not hire a homosexual superintendent.

12/11/2014

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Illinois Awarded $80 Million In Federal Funding For Early Childhood Education

The state of Illinois has won $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education and experts say the impact down the road will be significant, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

12/10/2014

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Quinn In No Rush To Appoint Topinka’s Successor

Gov. Pat Quinn said the people of Illinois should reflect on the life of the late Judy Baar Topinka before there’s any public discussion about appointing her successor as state comptroller.

12/10/2014

Lake Station City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

Police Shoot, Kill Elderly Man Armed With Shotgun Outside Lake Station City Hall

Police said three Lake Station officers confronted the man around 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Lake Station City Hall, which also houses the Lake Station Police Department.

12/09/2014

Bob Peterson, owner of Leibundguth Moving and Storage, is suing Downers Grove, to keep the hand-painted sign that has graced the back wall of the business for decades. (Credit: Liberty Justice Center)

Business Owner Fighting To Keep Decades-Old Sign

Leibundguth Moving and Storage has been operating in Downers Grove for more than 85 years, and for most of that time, has had a 40-by-10-foot hand-painted sign on the rear wall of the building.

12/09/2014

A Dodge Caravan crashed into the front door of an EZ Pawn shop in the 6700 block of South Western, and the people inside stole electronics and other items. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Thieves Steal Electronics In Pawn Shop ‘Crash-And-Grab’

Thieves ran off with electronics after a crash-and-grab burglary early Tuesday at a store in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A Dodge Caravan crashed into the front door of the store about 3:55 a.m. in the 6700 block of South Western Avenue, police said.

12/09/2014

Michael Williams. (Credit: Berrien County Sheriff's office)

Michigan Man Charged With Stabbings Aboard Amtrak Train

A Michigan man is jailed on $1 million bond after he allegedly stabbed four people on an Amtrak train heading from Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan Friday night, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

12/06/2014

Activists say this OEMC van was equipped with Stingray eavesdropping technology. (Credit: Twitter user Page May.)

Activists Say Chicago Police Used ‘Stingray’ Eavesdropping Technology During Protests

Activists who have been protesting in Chicago claim they have proof that police have been using so-called Stingray technology to eavesdrop on their phones, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

12/06/2014

Nadia Ezaldein (left) was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, Marcus Dee, on her 22nd birthday, while she was working on Black Friday at the Nordstrom store on the Magnificent Mile. Dee killed himself after shooting Ezaldein. (Photos supplied to CBS)

Woman Charged With Filing False Report On Gun Used In Nordstrom Shooting

A 23-year-old Skokie woman faces felony charges in connection with the Black Friday shooting at the Nordstrom store on Michigan Avenue, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

12/06/2014

Graffiti sprayed on a sign on the Kennedy Expressway obscured the word "Indiana," prompting state road crews to block two lanes during the morning rush to remove the spray paint. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

IDOT Crews Block Kennedy Traffic To Remove Graffiti From Sign

State officials on Friday tried to deflect blame for a major traffic jam on the inbound Kennedy Expressway, while apologizing to commuters for any inconvenience when two lanes were shut down to clean graffiti from a highway sign at Division Street.

12/05/2014

Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Pfleger Wants Churches To Lead Protests Of Ferguson, NYC Police Killing Cases

Activist priest Michael Pfleger was urging churches everywhere to take time out of services on Sunday for some civil disobedience, as a response to the second case of a grand jury failing to indict a white police officer involved in the death of an unarmed black man.

12/04/2014

Natural Gas Flame

Peoples Gas Restores Service To Dozens In Beverly And Morgan Park

Peoples Gas crews were spending the day dealing with two gas line issues in the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods on Thursday.

12/04/2014

Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly

Prosecutors Give Alvarez Arson Award For Prosecuting “NATO 3″

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was among several people honored by her own prosecutors Wednesday for their efforts to put arsonists behind bars, for her controversial decision to prosecute the so-called “NATO 3″ on terrorism charges for a plot to use Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO Summit two years ago.

12/03/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Alderman Calls Teachers “Lazy” For Not Removing Strike Ribbons

More than a month after a month-long teachers strike in Waukegan, tempers were still flaring at a City Council meeting, with one alderman calling teachers “lazy” for not removing solidarity ribbons they placed around Waukegan during their walkout.

12/03/2014

Coyote (Getty Images)

Cameras Show Chicago Coyotes Adapting To City Life

An Ohio State University wildlife ecologist who’s been studying Chicago’s coyotes for about 15 years has published some new research that shows how they’ve adapted so well to life in the city.

12/02/2014

A home in the 2100 block of West 107th Place was leveled by an apparent natural gas explosion on Tuesday. (Credit: CBS)

Home Explodes In Morgan Park

The house was leveled in the blast. The explosion also caused visible damage to the two homes on either side.

12/02/2014

The protestors laid down in the street outside Rainbow Push HQ. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Rev. Jesse Jackson Leads Ferguson Protest Outside Rainbow Push HQ

Rev. Jesse Jackson led a protest of the Ferguson, Missouri Michael Brown decision Saturday, blocking traffic on Chicago’s South Side and demanding the federal government do what the grand jury did not.

11/29/2014

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