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Pamela J. Christensen (Montgomery Police)

Police: Mom Tried To Kill Her 3 Daughters So They Could Meet Jesus

Pamela J. Christensen, 47 and her three teen daughters were all wearing white when Montgomery police came to their home on Sept. 25.

10/10/2014

The Stouffer family, of Maple Park, is trying to get a sneak preview of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" to finish a family tradition of watching all the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" films together, before Scott Stouffer (far left) dies of cancer. His daughter, Jessy, (right) launched a social media campaign dubbed #HobbitMovieLastRequest.  (Family Photo)

Student’s Wish For Dying Father: Sneak Peek At Final Hobbit Film

Like many people, Jessy Stouffer and her family have a tradition of watching “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” movies around the holidays, but the final installment doesn’t come out until mid-December and the 21-year-old Northern Illinois University student said she’s worried her father won’t live to see it.

10/10/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former Quinn Aide Denies NRI Program Launched To Influence Election

Democrats and Republicans on a state panel looking into the governor’s scandal-plagued 2010 anti-violence program were accusing each other of playing politics on Thursday as former Quinn administration aides testified in Chicago.

10/09/2014

Fake IDs

State Officials Warn About Risk Of Identity Theft From Buying Fake IDs

As consumers scramble to protect their credit and debit card information in the wake of a stream of data breaches at major retailers, one group is voluntarily giving out their personal information.

10/01/2014

Latesha Miller (DuPage County State's Attorney)

Caretaker Charged With Stealing From Elderly Woman, Hospice Patient

A Chicago woman who worked as caretaker allegedly stole from two patients — including a woman living her last days in hospice care — and was ordered held on a $300,000 bond Thursday.

09/18/2014

Aerial view of the Museum Campus in Chicago, including (top to bottom) Soldier Field, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. (Credit: CBS)

Park District Seeking Public Input On Future Of Museum Campus

The Chicago Park District has asked one of the designers of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to help with discussions about a long-term vision for the entire lakefront Museum Campus where it is planned to be built.

09/10/2014

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Back To School: CPS Students Return With More Safe Passage Routes

Hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students returned to class Tuesday for the first day of the new school year, and many of them were taking advantage of the Safe Passage program for the first time.

09/02/2014

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BGA: Suburban Police, Fire Pension Fund Shortfalls Total $3.3 Billion

Police and fire departments across suburban Cook County might be in line for some budget cuts, as huge pension problems loom, according to a report from a government watchdog.

08/06/2014

A SafeCharge cell phone battery charging station at a Chicago bar. (Credit: Nancy Harty/CBS)

Made In Chicago: SafeCharge

It’s a safe place to charge your cellphone while you’re out. Dave Adams and a friend sketched out on a napkin an idea for what would become SafeCharge, essentially a locker for your phone, with battery chargers to accommodate any phone made in the last 16 years.

08/04/2014

City Hall

Protest Group: Give All Chicago Workers Paid Sick Days

The group supports an ordinance that was introduced to the Chicago City Council this spring that calls for employers to give all workers — both full and part-time — at least five sick days a year.

07/31/2014

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Naperville Asks Residents To Turn Up The Thermostat

Officials estimated power usage will be at its peak from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., so they want residents to turn up their thermostats a couple degrees, and avoid using other unnecessary appliances and electronics.

07/22/2014

Artistic rendering of a proposed 430-megawatt natural gas power plant in Oakwood Hills, Illinois. (Credit: oakwoodhillsenergycenter.com)

Oakwood Hills Residents Seek To Block New Power Plant

Some residents of a small community in McHenry County have begun gearing up to stop plans for a natural gas power plant in their village.

07/15/2014

Cleanup crews, empty tents, and a few seagulls are all that's left of the Taste of Chicago a day after the annual food festival ended. (Credit: Nancy Harty/CBS)

Cleanup Begins After Taste Of Chicago Wraps Up

The food is gone; now all that’s left is the cleanup of Grant Park following the 34th annual Taste of Chicago.

07/14/2014

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 screen grab of a YouTube video showing a man shouting nice things to people. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Man With Bullhorn Drives Around, Says Kind Things To People

If you were walking around Lincoln Park earlier this month and thought you heard someone shout something nice, you weren’t imagining things.

07/11/2014

A youngster works a computer tablet. (CBS)

Sports Executives: Social Media Making Ticket Sales A Bigger Challenge

The couch versus the stadium; that’s the challenge facing many sports teams when trying to get more fans in the seats.

06/17/2014

The rubble of the World Trade Center smoulders following the terrorist attack Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. (ALEXANDRE FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images)

Twin Towers Survivor Has Mixed Emotions About New 9/11 Museum

Joe Dittmar, formerly of Aurora, was on the 105th floor of the south tower on September 11, 2001.

05/15/2014

Rene Valentin-Matos. (Credit: CBS)

Man Held Without Bond In Englewood Girl’s Rape, Murder

Rene Valentin-Matos was ordered held without bond Thursday in the 2009 rape and murder of 12-year-old Jahmeshia Conner.

05/08/2014

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Marrow Drive Draws Dozens Of Volunteers In Lincolnshire

Students, teachers and families came together Saturday at a north suburban school to donate blood and register to be bone marrow donors.

04/26/2014

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Gun Found Near Streamwood High School

Streamwood High School was on lockdown Friday as police investigated a gun at the school. Students were delayed about an hour in getting dismissed from school.

03/14/2014

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