Nancy Harty

Cardinals arrive at the Paul VI hall for the opening of the Cardinals' Congregations on March 4, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The congregations of cardinals will continue until all cardinal electors have arrived in Rome, whereupon the College will decide on the start-date of the Conclave to elect a new Pope.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Cardinal George: Unclear When Papal Conclave Will Begin

Roman Catholic cardinals held their first meeting Monday ahead of electing a new pope, but Cardinal Francis George said it’s still not clear when the conclave will begin.

03/04/2013

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Cigarette Taxes In Chicago Up To $6.67 Per Pack, After County Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the projected $25 million in new annual revenue from the tax increase will go to the county’s hospitals and health centers, which treat more than 300 lung cancer patients each year.

02/28/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Watchdog Predicts $22B In Unpaid Bills For State Gov’t By 2018

The long list of people the state owes money to could nearly triple in five years, if lawmakers don’t get costs under control, according to a local budget watchdog group.

02/25/2013

Former Schaumburg officer Matthew Hudak bonds out Monday. (CBS)

First Of Three Ex-Schaumburg Cops Posts Bail On Drug Charges

One of three former Schaumburg police officers accused of stealing from drug dealers is getting out of jail today.

CBS Chicago–02/04/2013

Teachers picket outside Gary Elementary School in West Chicago, on the first day of a strike for Elementary School District 33. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Teachers Go On Strike In West Chicago

Elementary school teachers in West Chicago hit the picket lines on Monday, after going on strike.

02/04/2013

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy discusses the spike in homicides in January 2013 on the CBS 2 Morning News on Feb. 1, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy ‘Very, Very Frustrated’ With January’s Rise In Violent Crime

The first batch of Chicago cops being pulled off desk duty are slated to hit the streets this weekend. That can’t come soon enough for Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, who said in an interview on the CBS 2 Morning News that it’s “very, very frustrating” that improvements in violent crime in Chicago are frequently followed by backsliding.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2013

David Koschman

Special Prosecutor To Complete Koschman Probe Pro Bono

Going forward, Cook County taxpayers won’t have to pay for work of a special prosecutor investigating why Chicago Police and Cook County prosecutors did not charge a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley in the death of David Koschman.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2013

Chicago Police Department District 1 station. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio)

200 Police Desk Officers To Go On Patrol

Facing one of its deadliest months in a decade, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will announce on Thursday that 200 officers currently on desk duty will be put on the streets.

01/31/2013

Urooj Khan. (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Poisoned Lottery Winner’s Body Exhumed For Autopsy

An autopsy was conducted Friday on the body of a lottery winner who died from cyanide poisoning last year, after his body was exhumed for further testing, but the results of those tests won’t be completed for a few weeks.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2013

(Credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Report Details All 506 Chicago Murders From 2012

A new report aims to put faces and names to the number of murders that Chicago saw last year.

WBBM Newsradio–01/14/2013

Study: Kids Left Alone While Adults Gamble

As lawmakers in Springfield take another shot at a gambling expansion bill, there’s a new look out at the behavior of gamblers.

01/14/2013

They look good, but they're counterfeit guitars from China, federal officials say. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

Customs Agents Pluck Counterfeit Guitars Coming Into O’Hare

Some mail-order guitars coming through O’Hare struck a false note with U.S. Customs agents. They were fakes from China.

01/10/2013

NIU students line up to board buses to Miami for the Orange Bowl. The NIU Huskies won their first BCS bid in 2012, and will face the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Caravan Of NIU Students En Route To Miami For Orange Bowl

The caravan carrying 1,300 students and 52 staffers started leaving the DeKalb campus shortly after 11 a.m. on Sunday, and was expected to arrive in Miami around 1 p.m. Monday.

WBBM Newsradio–12/31/2012

Smoking

Plenty Of Reasons For Smokers To Kick The Habit In New Year

If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, there are a number of incentives.

CBS Chicago–12/27/2012

Most retailers offer big discounts starting the day after Christmas, to help boost year-end sales, and clear out excess inventory. (Credit: CBS)

Post-Christmas Shopping Frenzy Begins As Stores Offer Big Deals

Are you hoping Santa Claus still has a little something in his sack for you? Even jolly old St. Nick is probably scoping out the after-Christmas sales on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2012

Christmas Presents (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Local Doctor Lists Toys That Pose Danger To Kids

You might want to check some of those Christmas presents before it’s too late.

WBBM Newsradio–12/24/2012

Cartons of mail ready to be sorted sit on a shelf at the U.S. Post Office sort center. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Post Office Sees Its Busiest Day Of The Year

If you’re headed to the post office today, you could be greeted with some pretty long lines.

CBS Chicago–12/17/2012

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Advocates Call For New Focus On Mental Health After Newtown Massacre

Supporters of mental health funding have said the mass shooting last week in Newtown, Conn., should prompt a discussion not just of gun control laws, but the need for more attention to mental illness.

CBS Chicago–12/17/2012

Maine West High School (Credit: CBS)

Three More Families Join Maine West Hazing Lawsuit

Three families have joined a lawsuit against Maine Township High School District 207, alleging their children were also hazed at Maine West High School.

CBS Chicago–11/28/2012

The Rebuilding Exchange uses building materials reclaimed from local landfills to make furniture. (Credit: RebuildingExchange.org)

Rebuilding Exchange Makes Furniture Out Of Trash

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? A Chicago company that makes furniture out of garbage may have the answer.

WBBM Newsradio–11/17/2012

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