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Kristina Perez and Lorena Perez. (Credit: Perez family photos)

2 Women Seriously Injured By Fireworks; 7 Others Hurt Citywide

Two sisters in law were seriously hurt Thursday night during an illegal fireworks display at a park on the Southwest Side.


Arlington Heights residents line Dunton Avenue as others march in the July 4th parade. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Area Celebrates Nation’s Independence With Parades, Picnics

Dunton Avenue in Arlington Heights was awash in red, white, and blue; as families lined the street to cheer veterans, bands, and – sometimes – politicians marching in the village’s parade.


St. James Catholic Church, a 133-year-old limestone church in Bronzeville, is being torn down. (Photos: Hannah Allen left, David Schalliol right)

Historic Bronzeville Church To Be Demolished

After years of prayers and appeals by parishioners and preservationists, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has called in the wrecking crews this morning to begin demolition of the historic St. James Church in Bronzeville.


The re-assembled shell of TWA flight #800 sits inside a hangar at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) training facility during a press conference July 16, 2008 in Ashburn, Virginia. The NTSB and FAA announced a new device commonly called an 'air separater' that replaces oxygen in aircraft fuel tanks with nitrogen preventing potiential flammable vapors on the anniversary of the crash of TWA flight #800 announcing the new technology that will be required in large passenger aircraft. The flammable mixture of fuel and oxygenated air caused the catastrophic explosion of the Boeing 747 flight in 1996. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

TWA 800 Victims’ Daughter: Missile Coverup ‘Impossible”

A Chicago woman who lost her father and stepmother in the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 said she doesn’t believe claims made in a new documentary that the plane was brought down by a missile and was covered up by government investigators.

WBBM Newsradio–06/21/2013

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Family: U Of C Student Died Doing What He Loved; Observing Storms

The family of a University of Chicago student whose body was found in Lake Michigan on Wednesday, a week after he went missing, said the death appeared to be a tragic accident during last week’s heavy storms.


Museum Of Science And Industry

Museum Of Science And Industry Marks 80th Anniversary

The museum opened its new “80 at 80″ exhibit, featuring 80 artifacts from the museum’s collection, including several rarely seen items.

WBBM Newsradio–06/19/2013

Emergency officials converge at Porter Beach in Northwest Indiana Monday when a mysterious substance was discovered in the water. (CBS)

Surfer: Chemical Slicks Common On NW Indiana Beaches

“It’s been a dirty week for Lake Michigan,” said Basil Tydings, an East Coast transplant who frequently surfs and rides a stand-up paddleboard in the lake.


Residents of the Parkside and Park Plaza apartment complexes in Glen Ellyn have been told a proposed development might result in them being displaced from their homes. (Credit: YouTube)

Glen Ellyn Housing Complex Residents Could Be Forced Out

About 500 residents of a low-income housing development in Glen Ellyn have been told their apartments are part of a proposed TIF district, and they should reasonably expect to be displaced.


Emergency officials converge at Porter Beach in Northwest Indiana Monday when a mysterious substance was discovered in the water. (CBS)

Initial Tests ID Glittery Substance Along Beach

Indiana environmental officials were investigating whether a Porter County manufacturer was responsible for a slick of glittery material that kept many swimmers out of Porter Beach on Monday.

WBBM Newsradio–06/18/2013

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City Says Chicago Man’s Ticket For Dumping Snow In Street Was Mistake

A Northwest Side business owner is now off the hook, after getting a ticket from the city last week for allegedly dumping snow into the street three months ago.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2013

Chicago Sun-Times reporters join former Sun-Times photographers on the picket line outside the newspaper's River North offices, after the entire photography staff was laid off. (Credit: CBS)

Fired Sun-Times Photographers Protest Outside Newspaper

Sun-Times photojournalists who were fired last week staged a protest rally – along with some of their family members, former colleagues and other supporters – outside the newspaper’s offices in the River North neighborhood on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2013

A cotton swab used for DNA testing is placed in a protective wrapper before being sent to a lab for testing. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Cook County To Begin Collecting DNA Samples After Supreme Court Ruling

Some Cook County Jail inmates and others arrested in the county will soon have to give DNA samples, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that taking such samples after an arrest does not amount to an “unreasonable search.”


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West Suburban Mall Implements Escort Policy For Youths

A West suburban shopping mall is telling teenagers to find another place to hang out at night on the weekend.

WBBM Newsradio–05/31/2013

Pranav Sivakumar of Tower Lakes, Illinois, participates in the finals of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 30, 2013 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Suburban Teen Takes Second Place In National Spelling Bee

13-year-old Pranav Sivakumar was tripped up by “cyanophycean,” a type of algae. He mistakenly spelled it with an “i” in place of the last “a.”


Parents and students from three South Side schools slated to close gather outside Pritzker Elementary School in Wicker Park, after trying to enroll there, but being told the school has a waiting list to enroll. (Credit: CBS)

Parents Of Schools Set To Close Want Kids Enrolled At Pritzker On North Side

A group of parents from three elementary schools that are closing on the South Side took a trip to the North Side on Thursday, and tried to enroll their kids at a school whose name is synonymous with wealth and privilege.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2013

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Lombard Woman Praised For Saving Ducklings

Ginger Frey didn’t just save some ducklings that were stuck in a sewer grate. She was at it for four days, refusing to give up.


Cars lie around the northeast corner of Plaza Towers Elementary school after it was damaged by a tornado May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Local Storm Chaser Describes ‘Sickening, Deafening Roar’ Of Oklahoma Tornado

A south suburban man whose hobby is chasing storms was in Moore, Okla., on Monday when a massive tornado devastated the town, killing at least 24 people.

WBBM Newsradio–05/21/2013

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Fundraiser To Help Pay For New Aurora Police Canine Unit

The Aurora Police Department has begun rebuilding its canine unit, after disbanding it a couple years ago, and officials are getting some help to pay for dog food and other supplies.


Chicago Ridge police officers carry the casket of baby "Jeremiah Michael" into Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic Church for a funeral service. Jeremiah's body was found abandoned in a cooler found on a conveyor belt at a recycling plant on May 1, 2013. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Funeral Held For Abandoned Baby Found In Cooler

Chicago Ridge police officers carried the tiny casket holding the body of “Jeremiah Michael” was carried in a slow procession into Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic Church.


Kaity Siegel holds a baby goat that was abandoned across the street from Siegel's Cottonwood Farm. (Photo courtesy Kaity Siegel)

Baby Goats Abandoned Across Street From Suburban Farm

The manager of a farm in southwest suburban Lockport said it’s a good thing someone heard the cries of baby goats that were abandoned across the street. Otherwise, “they would have been coyote bait.”

WBBM Newsradio–05/16/2013