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One of two suspects who took eight people hostage in Harvey is taken into custody Wednesday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Charges Pending In This Week’s Harvey Hostage Standoff

CBS 2 is not naming the two alleged gunmen because they have not been charged. One of the men was sentenced to 47 years in prison for murder but was on parole at the time. Mike Puccinelli reports.

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One of two suspects who took eight people hostage in Harvey is taken into custody Wednesday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Harvey Hostages Rescued, Suspects In Custody

Four remaining hostages who had been held captive for nearly 21 hours have been set free, and two suspects who engaged in a standoff with police in south suburban Harvey have been taken into custody Wednesday morning.

08/20/2014

Some residents in west suburban Bellwood had to throw away furniture damaged by flooding from Monday night's storm. (Credit: CBS)

Bellwood Hit Hard By Flooding From Monday’s Storm

Many suburban communities suffered water damage overnight, due to flash flooding from the heavy downpour of Monday night’s storm. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports one of the hardest-hit areas was west suburban Bellwood, where floodwater surrounded many homes and inundated several streets.

08/05/2014

Police in south suburban Homewood conduct a critical incident drill to prepare for the event of a mass shooting at a school. (Credit: Village of Homewood)

Suburban Cops Run School Shooting Drill To Prepare For The Worst

Would your child know what to do in a school emergency? Would you know how to react? The village of Homewood on Tuesday held a critical incident drill to help everyone prepare.

07/29/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy meet at Chicago Police Headquarters with federal law enforcement officials and community activists to discuss ways to address gun violence in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Government Officials, Community Leaders Promise Coordination To Combat Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy met with federal law enforcement officials and local community organizations and religious leaders on Monday to discuss joint efforts to reduce gun violence in Chicago, on the heels of a weekend when at least 43 people were shot, four of them fatally.

07/21/2014

Protesters gather outside the offices of Israeli diplomats Friday. (CBS)

Protesters Stage Demonstration Outside Israeli Consulate In Chicago

Two members of the Christian Peacemaker team were arrested as they knelt inside the lobby of the building that houses Israel’s diplomatic team here. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

07/18/2014

Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant was all but destroyed by a large fire early Friday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Grandma Sally’s Restaurant In Naperville Gutted By Fire

Since the late 1970s, people have been visiting Grandma Sally’s to try the famous cheesecake, waffles, and pancakes. Unfortunately for its owners, employees, and customers, the restaurant was all but destroyed by an early morning fire.

07/18/2014

Shivering members of the Tops West Cook YMCA Swim Team rush to find a towel to dry off and warm up amid unusually chilly conditions for mid-July in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

Chilly Temperatures Have Swimmers Wishing For Real Summer Weather

As of late Tuesday morning, the official temperature in Chicago was only 64 degrees, which is the normal low for mid-July. The average temperature for July 15 is 74 in Chicago, and the normal high is 85, according to the National Weather Service.

07/15/2014

Jeff Westerfield. (Family photo)

Funeral Held For Slain Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield

Visitation services were held Sunday for Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield at the Genesis Convention Center. His funeral was scheduled for Monday morning at the convention center, followed by a procession to his burial service in Shererville.

07/14/2014

A patio between two buildings in the West Town neighborhood collapsed into a 10-foot-deep void space early Friday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Patio Collapses In West Town

Around 1 a.m. Friday, a vaulted patio between two buildings in the 1400 block of West Chicago Avenue collapsed into a 10-foot void space. Luckily, no one was on or under the patio when it fell.

07/04/2014

One of hundreds of ComEd repair crews working to restore power to customers after two severe storms hit the Chicago area on Monday, spawning five tornados. (Credit: Twitter/ComEd)

Cleanup Continues In Wake Of Severe Storms, Tornados

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area were still without power Wednesday morning, more than a day after two severe storms pummeled the region.

07/02/2014

Two men crashed a powered parachute -- an ultralight aircraft -- into the Fox River late Monday. The pilot made it to shore, but his passenger died. (Credit: CBS)

1 Dead, 1 Hospitalized After Ultralight Aircraft Crashes In Fox River

The men took off from Skydive Chicago in Ottawa sometime Monday evening in an ultralight aircraft — either a paraglider or an ultraglider — which are commonly flown from that airfield. They experienced engine trouble and crashed in the middle of the Fox River

06/24/2014

The American Airlines departure board shows scores of canceled flights on Tuesday at O'Hare. (Credit: Susan Carlson/CBS)

Scattered Storms, Fog Force Hundreds Of Flight Cancellations

Thousands of travelers were left stranded at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday night, after thunderstorms prompted airlines to cancel nearly 600 flights.

06/19/2014

The Ohio/Ontario feeder ramp to the Kennedy Expressway is being torn down, because it is structurally deficient. (Credit: Bart Shore/CBS)

Kennedy Expressway Project To Create Traffic Nightmare This Weekend

Call it carmageddon, or whatever you want, but one thing is certain: the Kennedy Expressway will be a nightmare for motorists driving near to and from downtown this weekend.

06/13/2014

Dominique Hodrick is charged with killing special education teacher Betty Howard. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged With Killing Special Education Teacher

Dominique Hodrick, 23, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of aggravated battery in connection with the May 29 death of Dr. Betty Howard.

06/12/2014

An elderly couple died in a fire early Wednesday at their home in Mokena. (Credit: CBS)

Elderly Couple Dies In Mokena House Fire

Crews were called to the home around 3:20 a.m. Neighbor George Spear said he was awakened by the crackling and popping sounds coming from the burning home.

06/11/2014

Clark the mascot takes out CBS 2 reporter Mike Puccinelli. (CBS)

Cubs’ New Mascot Clark ‘Strangles’ WBBM-TV Reporter Mike Puccinelli

Sometimes people forget that cute, furry mascots can be real animal, and one must remember to never EVER poke a bear.

04/04/2014

Tyquone Greer. (Credit: CBS)

After Miraculous Shot, Orr Player’s Team Heads To State

Tyquone Greer was among half a dozen people shot in an Austin house less than two weeks ago. Then, just days ago, with the wound still fresh, the 6-foot, 9-inch star buried a three-pointer with three seconds left, earning the Orr Spartans a trip to the Class AAA state semi-finals.

03/20/2014

Soldier Field is prepared for a Blackhawks game. (CBS)

Expect A Wintry Time At Soldier Field As Blackhawks Host Penguins

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports from the outdoor sports venue on the lakefront.

02/28/2014

CDOT crews patch potholes in a city street. (CBS)

Winter Storm Nearly Busts City Budget; Pothole Repair Crews Out In Force

For 2014, the city budgeted $20.3 million for snow removal. In the first 10 days alone, they’ve spent more than half of it: $10.2 million.

01/10/2014

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