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Experts aren't sure why garter snakes like this specimen are popping up more in Bridgeport. (CBS)

Suburban Wildlife Center To Focus More On Local Species

The Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest recently sent off to a Kentucky zoo 13 of its non-native animals, including some cobras, vipers and other snakes.


“Little Rock Nine” Receive Lincoln Leadership Prize

Civil rights pioneers were in downstate Illinois on Tuesday, after being honored in Chicago Monday night for their work since they ended racial segregation at an all-white school in Arkansas decades ago.


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Driver Rescued After Casino Bus Plunges Off Bridge In Gary

A coach bus for a Gary casino plunged off a bridge Sunday morning.


The bright colors of the green and black dart frog make a warning label for predators to stay away. They are one of more than 40 species of amphibians that can be found in Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Amphibians, opening May 16. (Credit:  Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

New Exhibit Featuring More Than 40 Species Of Amphibians Opens This Week At Shedd Aquarium

More than 40 species of frogs, salamanders and newts will be on display starting Saturday.


Bit Space in Lincoln Square is equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, computer-controller routers among other tools that would allow kids to take a concept from the computer into reality.
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Bit Space Chicago Offers Hands-On Summer Camp For Kids Who Like To Build Things

Parents looking for a more educational and hands-on experience for their kids this summer may want to try a new camp for those interested in making things.


Adolfo Davis sits in a courtroom at the at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his resentencing hearing in April 2015. (Credit: CBS)

In Prison Since Age 14, Convict Again Sentenced To Life

A Cook County judge said courts got it right the first time when they sentenced a 14-year-old to life in prison for a double murder in 1990, and again sentenced the now-38-year-old convict to life at a re-sentencing mandated by a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision.


The Volta Elementary students after competing in a state Science Olympiad where they won five medals. (Credit:  Dzevida Duheric)

Albany Park Elementary School Wins Five Medals In State Science Competition

Students at one neighborhood school on Chicago’s Northwest Side have proven they can compete with the city’s best schools.


Officers take part in the St. Jude Memorial March to honor fallen officers. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Chicago Police Honor Fallen Officers During St. Jude Memorial March

Thousands of Chicago police officers turned out Sunday morning to honor their colleagues killed in the line of duty, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Celebrities Help Young Volunteers Mark “We Day” In Illinois

We Day is part of a global movement rooted in activism, charity, and social change. It features marketers, entrepreneurs, and some of Chicago’s most famous recording artists.


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All-American From Tinley Park Serves As Example To Others Born Premature

Parents of preemies can look to one of the players expected to be picked in the early rounds of the NFL Draft this week as inspiration for how far their little ones can go.


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BGA: Rauner Pick For Environmental Post Previously Worked At Oil And Gas Pipeline Company

A government watchdog is questioning one of Governor Rauner’s picks for posts in his administration.


The walk in Grant Park is expected to raise $1.5 million. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Thousands Walk In Grant Park To Raise Money To Help Premature Babies

Thousands of people walked along the lakefront Sunday morning to raise money to help premature babies.


The Glenview Education Foundation bought 50 bicycles for 1st and 2nd graders in Glenview, to bring back bike riding lessons for youngsters. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Bike Riding Lessons Return To Glenview Schools

Glenview Public School District 34 taught bike riding about 20 years years ago, but stopped the program when it became too difficult to manage all the student’s personal bicycles. The Glenview Education Foundation brought back the program this spring for first and second graders, by buying 50 bikes for the kids to use.


One of the confiscated plants. (Credit: city of Harvey)

Police Say Home-Based Pot Growing Operation Largest In Harvey’s History

Police in Harvey have found the biggest home-based pot growing operation in that south suburb’s history, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Francis Cardinal George addresses the media Friday after receiving an award from the Knights of Columbus. (CBS)

Catholic School Employee Received Letter From Cardinal George One Day After His Passing

An employee of a Northwest Side Catholic church has a letter from Francis Cardinal George that she says she will always treasure.


Francis Cardinal George talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Catholics Remember Cardinal George During Sunday Mass

Chicago area Catholics are remembering Francis Cardinal George at the first Sunday mass since he died.



One Killed, Four Injured In South Side Crash

One person has died and four others were injured following a three-car crash Sunday morning on Chicago’s South Side, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Athletes’ Attorney Slams New NCAA Concussion Deal As “Window Dressing”

The proposal would require the NCAA to establish a $70 million fund to test current and former college athletes for brain trauma. It also would require stricter rules for returning to play after an athlete has suffered a concussion.


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Judge Weighs New Sentence For Man Locked Up For Life At 14

A Chicago man who has spent 24 years of a life sentence for his role in a double murder was getting another day in court on Monday, for a chance at a reduced sentence.


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DeKalb Animal Shelter Holding On To Pets While Tornado Victims Find Living Arrangements

At least one animal shelter near tornado-ravaged Fairdale is housing several pets, but not because they can’t find the owners.