The flooded Illinois River near Ottawa, not far from Utica and Starved Rock State Park. (Credit: Glen Schieberl)

Flooding Along Illinois River Prompts Evacuations In Utica

The Utica Fire Department began helping people move to dry and safe places on Tuesday, a day after heavy rains inundated the area.


Chicago Wolves

Wolves Force Winner-Take-All Game With Utica

The winner-take-all Game 5 is Saturday night.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2015

Chicago Wolves

Wolves Square Series With 2-1 Victory

Jeremy Welsh’s second-period goal stood up as the game-winner as the Chicago Wolves evened their Western Conference Quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Utica on Friday night at Allstate Arena. Defenseman Brent Regner scored a […]


Rescue workers search through rubble for survivors of tornado damage April 21, 2004 in Utica, Illinois. Utica, located about 90 miles southwest of Chicago, is home to about 1,000 people and has sustained significant tornado damage leaving eight people dead. (Photo by Jean Lachat-Pool/Getty Images)

10 Years Ago This Weekend, Deadly Tornado Ripped Through Utica, Ill.

Jeremy Thorsen had just left the Milestone Tap when he saw a tornado hit the building.


Seven people were injured in an amusement ride mishap at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Lodge in Utica. (Captured News)

Seven Hurt In Amusement Park Ride Mishap

A mix of children and adults reported aches and pains on Christmas Eve after an unspecified malfunction of a tea cup ride at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica.


Carlos and Kim Caudillo stand in the debris of their home after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide, touched down in the Oklahoma City area on Monday killing at least 51 people. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Utica Mayor Worries About Scammers, Thieves In Oklahoma

The mayor of an Illinois town that suffered from a killer tornado nine years ago, has a warning for those in Moore, Okla.: They’ll see both the best and the worst of human nature as they struggle to pick up the pieces.


A Utica family is having sewage problems whenever they flush the toilet. (CBS)

Utica Family Inundated With Sewage

As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, they say the person who’s supposed to fix it won’t.


Winter Weekends

Best Winter Getaways For Chicago Families

Sometimes, all a family needs is a little change of scenery to renew their spirits during the dreary Chicago winter. While we all don’t have the time, funds or energy to hop on a plane to somewhere tropical, many families do have the means {and desire} to pack up the kiddos and head out of town for the weekend.