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Latest Phishing Scam: Text From Bank Telling You To ‘Reactivate’ Your Debit Card

Another day, another high-tech illegal ploy to separate you from the cash in your bank account. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

04/11/2014

Lyons Police patch.  (Credit: Lyons Police Department Website)

Lyons Police Force Will Cut Department By One-Third: Union

It would be a bitter turn in labor negotiations that have been stalled since December. The village says it doesn’t have the money to meet the union’s demands. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

04/10/2014

This screen grab shows trouble brewing between a bar patron and wannabe Cubs mascot Billy Cub. (YouTube)

Wannabe Cubs Mascot Gives His Side Of Bar Brawl

He was caught on video this weekend throwing a punch in a Wrigleyville bar. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, the man in the costume says there’s more to the story than the video shows.

04/07/2014

Sam Miller of Dallas (CBS)

Texas Man Facing Grim Prognosis Wants To Know: Is He The Kidnapped Fronczak Baby?

Meet Sam Miller of Dallas. He suffers from an incurable disease and may soon need a new kidney to survive. A blood relative could provide one. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/28/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

VIDEO: Would-Be Kidnappers Tour Torture Chamber

Federal prosecutors unveiled chilling video in the trial of former Chicago cop Steve Mandell. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/13/2014

A "Denver Boot" Wheel Lock (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

At One Chicago Strip Mall, Parking Lot Operators Give Motorists The Lightning-Quick Boot

Some customers says they’re getting booted seconds after getting out of their cars. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/07/2014

A speed camera system in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Revolt Brewing Over Chicago’s Traffic Cameras

Citizens Against Red Light Cameras –- now including speed cameras –- have gathered 52,000 signatures on a petition to call on the City Council to abolish the cameras. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/31/2014

A snow plow in Elgin (CBS0

Elgin Plow Drivers Prepare For 39th ‘Snow Event’ Of The Season

Road crews in Elgin haven’t had a full weekend off since November. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/30/2014

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Boy Scout Saves Kid Who Falls Through Ice In Oswego

A suburban teen is getting a little hero treatment at home these days, for helping to save the life of another child. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/16/2014

This picture taken on November 8, 2012 shows Soren Kruse Ledet of Denmark setting a table during the International Georges Baptiste Cup world service competition in Tokyo. Ledet took second place in an awards ceremony of the competition on November 9 in Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Chef Sour On Babies At Fancy Restaurants

Should babies be allowed at restaurants that cost a small fortune to enjoy? CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/13/2014

Dr. Michelle Sergel, left, talks with a frostbite patient at Stroger Hospital. (CBS)

Extreme Weather Brings Frostbite Cases, Deaths From Snow-Shoveling Exertion

In southwest suburban Will County, three men ranging in age from 57 to 63 died after shoveling snow in Bolingbrook and Joliet, the coroner’s office tells CBS 2.

01/06/2014

These photos purport to show Jonathan Garcia bloodied and injured after a police interrogation. (Photos provided by Garcia family)

Suit: Waukegan Police Roughed Up Teen Boy During Interrogation

(CBS) – A 13-year-old boy says he was brutalized by Waukegan police late last month, and now two unnamed detectives and the city are facing a federal lawsuit. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports. On Monday, […]

12/16/2013

Former Gov. George Ryan on Sunday talks about Nelson Mandela during a memorial service. (CBS)

Former Gov. Ryan Says Nelson Mandela Influenced The Clearing Of Illinois’ Death Row

Ryan, a free man since July, spoke during a memorial service for Mandela held in Chicago.

12/15/2013

A "Thin Ice" warning sign in Indiana. (CBS)

Lake Ice Is Still Dangerously Thin, Authorities Warn

In January, a 50-year-old man fell through thin ice while trying to skate on Wolf Lake in Hammond, Ind. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/09/2013

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Chicago Priest From South Africa Says Mandela ‘Made Us Believe In Ourselves’

CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked with Thulani Magwaza, an associate pastor at St. Sabina’s Church.

12/05/2013

A view from beneath Chicago's Loop. (CBS)

Beneath Chicago Streets, Homeless Huddle In The Cold

There are an estimated 116,000 homeless in Chicago. Many of them camp out beneath the city, wrapped in tattered, filthy blankets. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

11/29/2013

Keith Mohr of Sugar Grove recounts his encounter with a six-point buck indoors. (CBS)

Sugar Grove Man Does Battle With Six-Point Buck — Indoors

Keith Mohr received the house call of the wild. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

11/21/2013

This aerial photo shows a devastated area in the city of Tacloban, Leyte province, in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013, only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the town on November 8. Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors on November 11 after the super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Filipino-Americans Anxiously Await Word About Loved Ones

Chicago-area residents with ties to the Philippines are watching and waiting for any news following a devastating typhoon. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

11/11/2013

Jim De Persia poses with the large, toothy exotic fish he found washed ashore near his home. (Jim De Persia)

Piranha-Like Fish Found At Chicago Area Lake

A retiree found a large, toothy fish outside his Cedar Lake, Ind. home. CBS 2’s Mike Parker answers the question: Was it a piranha?

11/04/2013

The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Byron, Illinois, is one of 17 nuclear reactors at 10 sites in three US states. It is the nation's largest operator of commercial nuclear power plants and third largest in the world. (Photo credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Illinois’ Distinction As State With Most Nuclear Waste Worries Activist

Bloomberg.com reports that Illinois, with its 14 nuclear plant sites, is the country’s biggest atomic dump site.

10/25/2013

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