Mike Parker

Plastic Bag (Credit: CBS)

Partial Bans On Plastic Bags Begin In Chicago, Evanston

(CBS) – Chicago’s ban on plastic bags at large retail stores takes effect Saturday. Downtown shoppers hitting the stores and carrying off their goods in plastic bags are about to become history. Cecil Driscoll is […]

07/31/2015

Boy Scouts (AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER)

Elation In Chicago Over New Tolerance Of Gay Scout Leaders

Members of the Chicago chapter of Scouts for Equality celebrated the decision Monday at a West Loop restaurant.

07/27/2015

Romain Dukes (courtesy: Tasha Dukes)

Area Family Eager To Welcome Home Prisoner Freed By President Obama

Romain Dukes, will be freed from his federal prison cell in West Viriginia in November. He’s one of 46 non-violent drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama.

07/17/2015

Surveillance images show a robbery in progress at a Hammond, Ind. smoke shop. (images provided)

Armed Suspects Rob Another Indiana Store

The clerk was tied up, robbed and thought he was going to die. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

07/16/2015

Michael Brown art exhibit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Michael Brown Sr.: Chicago Art Exhibit On Son’s Death “Disgusting”

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the art gallery on East 47th Street, is the now at the center of a controversy. The owners have received hate mail and threats about one of their exhibits.

07/14/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois House Dems Pass One-Month Budget Over Governor’s Veto Threat

The 71-19 party-line vote followed about two hours of debate in which Republicans, like Representative Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake, decried the temporary budget as another irresponsible step that has led to the state’s current fiscal mess.

07/09/2015

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch" on July 8, 2015 in New York City. Trading was to resume in the afternoon.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

United, NYSE Outages Stoke Fears About Vulnerability Of Computer Systems

CBS 2’s Mike Parker in every one of these breakdowns, it was computer technology, not a hostile set of attacks. But one local expert says more of those are sure to come and we should be ready.

07/08/2015

Business mogul Donald Trump gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City.  Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

In City Club Speech, Trump Won’t Apologize For Controversial Remarks On Immigration

The City Club of Chicago said more than 2,000 people were on the waiting list for Donald Trump’s speech at Monday’s luncheon at Maggiano’s Banquets.

06/29/2015

Chicago teacher Marva Collins (CBS)

Chicago Education Pioneer Marva Collins, 78, Dies

Collins started West Side Preparatory school in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood with her own money when she grew frustrated with the city’s school system.

06/25/2015

A vigil in Glencoe for the victims of the Charleston church shooting. (CreditL CBS)

Victims Of Violence Learn To Forgive

(CBS) — You hear it from time to time, and it’s hard to imagine: victims of horrific violence forgiving the suspect. It’s even going on in the wake of the Charleston church shooting. CBS 2’s […]

06/24/2015

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Tornado Touches Down West Of Chicago; Damage Widespread In Coal City

The tornado reportedly touched down in the community of Sublette shortly after 8 p.m.

06/22/2015

Fertility Clinic

In Battle Of The Exes, Appeals Court Sides With Woman Who Wants Frozen Embryos

Four years ago, Elgin paramedic Jacob Szafranski and his then-girlfriend, Dr. Karla Dunston, agreed to create frozen embryos in case they decided to have a child in the future. Shortly after, the couple broke up.

06/12/2015

God's Little Helper Day Care (CBS)

Chicago Day Care Center Investigated After Worker Allegedly Paddled Child

A parent tells CBS 2 her child was beaten and bruised at a Chicago daycare center, and now the state’s child-welfare agency is investigating. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/11/2015

The FBI traced the celebgate hack to this Brighton Park bungalow.  (Credit: CBS)

FBI Traces ‘Celebgate’ Nude Photo Hack To Chicago Home

The FBI has traced a computer to the South Side of Chicago. CBS 2’s Mike Parker found the house in question.

06/09/2015

Destiny Horton (courtesy: Trice Horton)

Family Mourns Teen Girl Killed In Tri-State Accident

Destiny Horton’s happy last hours were spent with her cousin and other relatives at Great America. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/08/2015

Surveillance video shows a thief breaking into a liquor store office. (Santori's Liquors/Lansing Police)

WATCH: Woman Breaks Into Liquor Store Office, Steals Cash — Smiles

How did money just vanish from a south suburban liquor store? Management wanted to find out, so they checked out their surveillance video. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/04/2015

Oak Park police respond to reports of a home invasion in the 1000 block of Oak Park Avenue. (CBS)

Oak Park Police Respond To Report Of Home Invasion, Woman Tied Up

(CBS) — Police in west suburban Oak Park responded Thursday evening to reports that an intruder broke into the home of an elderly woman and tied her up before fleeing. The incident occurred in the 1000 block of […]

05/21/2015

racist graffiti

South Loop Family Repeatedly Subjected To Racist Graffiti

In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mike Parker shows us how it’s affecting the family that’s growing more frustrated with each incident.

05/19/2015

This Roseland home was a foreclosure, and the former owner reportedly refuses to move out. (CBS)

Family Buys Roseland Home But Can’t Get Squatter Out

(CBS) – A Chicago family purchased a home months ago, only to find a squatter living in it. The new owners say they are paying bills in a house they can’t live in. CBS 2’s […]

05/15/2015

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South Loop Family Hounded By Racist Graffiti

In the hallway outside one of the condo units, painters have been at work covering up the latest piece of racist graffiti left behind by somebody. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/14/2015

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