Mike Parker

Several homes were without heat in the Gage Park neighborhood. (Credit: CBS)

Several Homes In Gage Park Without Heat After Gas Leak

About half-dozen homes were without heat after a gas leak in the Gage Park neighborhood on the South Side Tuesday evening.

01/13/2015

Director of operations Ted Birren talks with CBS 2's Mike Parker. (CBS)

Rolling Meadows Students Forced Outside During Fire Alarm

An experiment in the science lab went awry Thursday afternoon, triggering a smoke alarm. That caused the evacuation of some 2,000 students and staff out of warm classrooms.

01/08/2015

Firefighters carry an injured man on a stretcher in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving at least one dead according to a police source and "six seriously injured" police officers according to City Hall. (Photo credit: Philippe Dupeyrat/AFP/Getty Images)

Police Search For Gunmen In Terror Attack As Chicagoans Show Support For France

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the terrorists who stormed the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo magazine bent on mass murder, got what they wanted.

01/07/2015

A CTA train. (CBS)

Plenty Of Safe Alternatives To Driving Home After Celebrating New Year

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports staggering to the car should not be an option, there are other ways to do it and they’re safe.

12/31/2014

Car dealership (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Experts Say New Year’s Eve A Great Time To Buy A Car

As the hours of 2014 dwindle down to a precious few, car dealers are scrambling to meet year-end sales quotas and sell off inventories to save on taxes.

12/30/2014

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Laptop With Patient Data Stolen From Northwestern Healthcare Employee

The health system said the laptop was in an employee’s vehicle that was stolen Oct. 21. It contained the health information of about 2,800 patients.

12/19/2014

This surveillance image shows burglars cleaning out a cell phone store in the Old Irving neighborhood. (Boost Mobile)

WATCH: Thieves Load Up On Smart Phones

The Boost Mobile store, in the 4000 block of West Montrose, has been victimized twice by classic dead-of-night heist artists, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/18/2014

90 Miles Cuban Café owner Alberto Gonzalez Jr.  (Credit: CBS)

Change In U.S.-Cuba Relationship Stirs Debate Among Local Cuban Americans

After President Obama announced a normalization of the United States’ relationship with Cuba, Cuban Americans CBS 2 spoke with are showing optimism about this historic change.

12/17/2014

Liz Biondi. (Warren Township High School District 121 website)

Suburban School Board Asks Member To Quit Over Gay Comments

The Warren Township school board in far north Suburban Gurnee is asking one of its board members to step down for voicing concern about hiring someone who is gay or lesbian as the district’s next superintendent, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

12/16/2014

An empty room at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park. (CBS)

Hundreds Of Students Sick With Flu In Oak Park School District

A total of 563 students missed school Monday in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 – or nearly 10 percent of the district’s entire school body – most of them with flu-like symptoms.

12/15/2014

Chicago police have been trying to reunite burglary victims with some of their belongings. (CBS)

Chicago Police Reunite Burglary Victims With Stolen Belongings

Police have returned items to their owners ranging from computers and class rings to a clarinet.

12/05/2014

Hundreds of protesters march and encounter police Thursday evening. (CBS)

Chicago Protesters Block Traffic, Stage ‘Die-Ins’ Following NY Grand Jury Decision

Hundreds of protesters marched in downtown Chicago Thursday, in the wake of the New York grand-jury decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of a black arrestee over the summer.

12/04/2014

Emmett Farmer. (Credit; CBS)

Father Of Man Killed By Chicago Cops Urges Michael Brown’s Family To File Civil Suit

Night-time demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be tapering off and police and the National Guard are scaling back, but the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown continue to wrestle with what comes next.

12/02/2014

A taxi cab crashed through the bedroom wall of a house in Glendale Heights on Monday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Taxi Crashes Into House, Driver Takes Off

Police in Glendale Heights were searching for a cab driver who crashed his taxi through the wall of a house early Monday, and then ran off.

12/01/2014

Shoppers carry packages along the Magnificent Mile shopping district on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Shoppers Get Early Jump On Black Friday Deals

Forget Thanksgiving with the family. For many shoppers, Thursday night was all about finding big deals.

11/28/2014

A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Signs Indicate Flu Season Has Arrived

You may not want to give thanks for this: there are increasing signs that the flu season has arrived.

11/26/2014

Fr. Michael Pfleger at a prayer service for Michael Brown. (Credit: CBS)

Fr. Pfleger, Rev, Jackson Hold Prayer Service On Ferguson Teen’s Death

Rev Jesse Jackson joined Father Michael Pfleger at St. Sabina Tuesday night in a special service that centered on the killing of Michael Brown.

11/25/2014

Protesters march through Chicago's streets Monday after it was announced a Missouri police officer would not be indicted in the shooting death of a black man. (CBS)

In Wake Of Ferguson Decision, Chicago Protesters Take To The Streets

After news broke there would be no indictment, the protesters moved through the streets, including Lake Shore Drive. The marchers were monitored by dozens of police officers.

11/24/2014

Police have issued an arrest warrant for 36-year-old Jeremy Anderson, on two charges of murder. (Credit: Round Lake Beach Police)

Police Searching For Suspect In Round Lake Beach Murder

A manhunt was underway across the Chicago area, after a domestic dispute ended in murder in far north suburban Round Lake Beach.

11/10/2014

Texting (CBS)

List Of Suspects Grows In Teen Sexting, Cyber-Bullying Case In Gurnee

Three students at Warren Community high school, and a fourth from another school, now face charges for distribution of child pornography.

11/07/2014

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