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Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin discusses his proposal to appoint a "gun violence czar" to coordinate efforts to reduce gun violence in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

County Commissioner Wants “Gun Violence Czar” To Coordinate Crime Reduction Efforts

A Cook County Commissioner has proposed the county appoint a “gun violence czar” as a new tool to stem the tide of violent crime in the Chicago area, by coordinating efforts between the Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies; and knocking down political barriers.

07/23/2015

A DePaul University basketball jersey. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

DePaul Basketball Players Give Tips To Kids With Epilepsy

Kids with epilepsy took part in a basketball camp today, getting pointers from DePaul University basketball players, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

07/22/2015

Firefighters from several suburban departments responded to a carbon monoxide poisoning incident in Melrose Park. (Credit: CBS)

9 Hospitalized From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Melrose Park

Someone in the home at 601 Rose Dr. called 911 at 6 a.m. to report a medical emergency. When firefighters and paramedics arrived, they found nine people – children and adults – suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

07/22/2015

A black bear that wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan in June. (Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

Indiana Officials Could Tranquilize Bear To Take It Back To Michigan

More close encounters with a black bear that has been hanging around Michigan City have prompted state officials to take a more aggressive stance to capture the bear, so it can be taken back to the wild in Michigan.

07/21/2015

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Chicago Fire Department Warns Not To Open Hydrants To Beat The Heat

The Chicago Fire Department is concerned about people opening fire hydrants as they seek relief from the heat.

07/18/2015

A greater mouse-eared bat is pictured on January 14, 2011 in the cellar vault of the Old Brewery in Frankfurt an der Oder, eastern Germany. Every year in January, conservationists step down in the protected cellar vault to count bats wintering there. The number of bats of 12 different species has risen to 1,800, compared to only 150 in the year 1987. AFP PHOTO PATRICK PLEUL GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)

More Rabid Bats Found In Homer Glen Home

The Will County Health Department says more rabid bats have been found in the garage attic of a house in Homer Glen, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

07/18/2015

A black bear that wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan in June. (Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

Indiana Officials Trying To Trap And Relocate Wandering Black Bear

Indiana state officials have set a trap to catch a black bear that has been wandering around the Michigan City area for the past month, and if they catch him, they plan to take him back home to Michigan.

07/17/2015

The Calumet Water Reclamation Plant serves more than 1 million people in a 300-square mile area covering the South Side of Chicago and much of the southern suburbs. (Credit: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

For The First Time, Wastewater Being Disinfected Before It Enters Chicago River

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on Friday celebrated the opening of the first of two disinfection plants designed to help clean up area rivers.

07/17/2015

A forklift hauls a section of the façade from the Madison/Wabash 'L' station into ReBuilding Exchange. (Credit: CBS)

Preservationists Hoping To Get Façade Of Old Loop Station House Into A Museum

The decorative façade of the shuttered Wabash/Madison ‘L’ station, which first opened in 1896, has come down, and preservationists have begun looking for a new home for the structure.

07/16/2015

A vineyard is seen in Spata, in the Nemee valley, near Athens, Greece. (Photo credit: ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Financial Crisis In Greece Has Chicago Wine Importer Feeling Anxious

The ongoing financial crisis in Greece has caused some sleepless nights for a Chicago businessman who’s worried about shortages of products imported to the U.S.

07/15/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks to reporters after taking Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail. (Credit: CBS)

Archbishop Cupich Tours Cook County Jail

Sheriff Tom Dart led Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail on Tuesday, and highlighted the “disproportionate amount of Cook County’s poor, sick, vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals” who are being held there.

07/14/2015

Plainfield police say from a distance these toy guns look real. (Facebook/Plainfield Police)

Kid Toting Toy Gun Was In Danger Of Being Shot By Cop, Plainfield Chief Says

A police officer could have easily shot a boy who was playing with a toy gun during a recent encounter — and the shooting would have been justified — Plainfield’s police chief tells WBBM.

07/08/2015

Bikes at a Divvy bike station in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

City Offering $5 Divvy Memberships To Low-Income Residents

Low-income residents in Chicago are being offered significant discounts on the city’s popular Divvy bike-sharing program.

07/07/2015

Photo Of The U.S. Flag. (John Cody/WBBM Photo)

American Flag Part Of Downstate Man’s Life Work

As America celebrates the Fourth of July, the flag flies from front porches coast-to-coast and for one man from downstate Illinois, that symbol of freedom has become part of his life’s work, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

07/04/2015

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Thousands Line Route For Arlington Heights 4th Of July Parade

Thousands lined the streets of Arlington Heights today celebrating the Fourth of July with the largest parade in the region, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

07/04/2015

Marilyn Hartman (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Serial Stowaway Arrested At Midway Less Than 24 Hours After Jail Release

A California woman who’s been called a serial stowaway for her history of trying to board airplanes without a ticket has been arrested yet again in Chicago just after her release from jail, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

07/04/2015

4th Of July Fireworks

Fire Department Preparing For Likelihood Of Fires From Illegal July 4th Fireworks Displays

Just about all kinds of fireworks are illegal in Chicago, but that certainly doesn’t stop lots of people from shooting them off for the 4th of July every year, so the Fire Department will be watching closely for the problems that always result.

07/02/2015

Burglars crashed a stolen minivan into The Shop 147 in Beverly, and stole an undetermined amount of merchandise, mostly high-end clothing. (Credit: CBS)

Crash-And-Grab Duo Attempts Burglary At Clothing Boutique In Beverly

Glass was scattered over the sidewalk in front of The Shop 147, at the corner of 95th Street and Claremont Avenue, after burglars drove a stolen silver Dodge Caravan into the entrance around 4:15 a.m. Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) said the crooks did not get inside.

07/02/2015

Injured police officer Densey Cole II talks with CBS 2 about his recovery. (CBS)

Paralyzed Chicago Cop Says He’s Being Evicted From Apartment City Pays For

A Chicago police officer who was left paralyzed after a crash in his patrol vehicle six years ago has been served with eviction papers at the apartment the city has been paying for.

07/01/2015

Smoke from forest fires in Canada obscures the sunrise on Tuesday in Sheridan, Illinois (Source: Donna Bolin)

Smoke From Canadian Forest Fires Creates Wild Skies In Chicago Area

Smoke from wildfires in northern Canada, have spread over a large portion of the Midwest, spreading as far south as Tennessee.

06/30/2015

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