Vince Gerasole

Samuel Love (Credit: CBS)

11-Year-Old Collecting Toys For Fairdale Tornado Victims

In the face of disaster, a Chicago boy’s acts of kindness continue to grow. Samuel Love is organizing another toy drive, this time for the victims of last week’s deadly tornadoes.

04/17/2015

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Northwestern Student Raped In Dorm Room

School officials said the attacker is not believed to be a student at the Evanston campus, where a young woman was raped inside a dorm room between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday.

03/31/2015

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Two Suspects In Custody After Robbery Leads To Chase, Crash

Police said two suspects were in custody from at least one of a string of convenience store robberies early Friday, while two more suspects remained on the loose.

03/27/2015

Police Lights Police Car

Gas Leak Forces Evacuation Of Homes In South Shore

The leak happened just before 11 p.m. near 80th Street and Crandon Avenue. A 20- to 24-inch underground main was leaking, filling the air with the smell of gas, and creating some tense moments as neighbors were told to evacuate their homes.

03/26/2015

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Other Passengers, Not Phones, The Biggest Distraction In Crashes For Teen Drivers

A new study has found distracted driving is to blame for nearly 60 percent of traffic accidents involving teenagers.

03/25/2015

Firefighters respond to the scene of an extra-alarm warehouse fire at 40th and Pulaski. (Chicago Fire Media/Twitter)

Fire Extinguisher Plant Becomes Scene Of Extra-Alarm Blaze

Smoke and flames could be seen for miles Thursday night, as an extra-alarm blaze engulfed a fire extinguisher plant in the Archer Heights neighborhood.

03/19/2015

Jeffrey Bellinger (Photo from Facebook)

13-Year-Old Boy Fatally Struck By Train In Cedar Lake

Jeffrey Bellinger, a student at the Hanover Central Middle School, in Cedar Lake, was walking along the side of a set of CSX railroad tracks Tuesday afternoon, about 200 feet north of the 137th Avenue crossing in Cedar Lake, Ind., when he was struck from behind by a train that was unable to stop.

03/17/2015

Illinois State police investigate after a semi-tractor trailer truck was shot several times while headed north on the Dan Ryan Expressway near Roosevelt Road. The truck driver pulled over on the Kennedy Expressway near Madison Street. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Shots Fired At Moving Semi On Kennedy Expressway

Illinois State Police said, around 2:50 a.m., a passenger in a gold Chevrolet Impala fired shots at a semi-tractor trailer headed north on the Dan Ryan Expressway near Monroe Street.

03/17/2015

Artist's rendering looking west on Washington Street, after the Loop Link bus rapid transit project is complete. (Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation)

City Begins Work On Bus Rapid Transit Lanes In The Loop

City officials were warning of increased traffic delays in the Loop beginning Monday, as work begins on the so-called “Loop Link” project to provide faster bus service from Union Station to Millennium Station.

03/16/2015

Harvey police officer Darnell Keel (Supplied Photo)

Harvey Cop Shot In Standoff Last Year Back At Work

Harvey Police Lt. Darnell Keel said he was surprised by colleagues lining a hallway and applauding and shaking his hand as he returned to police headquarters on Tuesday.

03/10/2015

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Mardi Gras Brings Out The Crowds For Paczki Day

Mardi Gras is here, which means it’s also Paczki Day, and a rush of hungry customers lining up at Chicago area bakeries for a taste of the decadent Polish pastries.

02/17/2015

Woodstock Willie saw his shadow on Monday, predicting six more weeks of winter. (Credit: Rick Bellairs)

Groundhogs Predict Six More Weeks Of Winter

If you put any stock into the predictions of the groundhog, we’re in for plenty more snow and cold. Despite the snow, a couple hundred people showed up in the town square in far north suburban Woodstock find out what Woodstock Willie had in store for them, and it wasn’t what they wanted to hear: six more weeks of winter.

02/02/2015

Fire gutted a home in northwest suburban Norridge on Wednesday. Eight people were rescued from the home. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

8 Rescued From Extra-Alarm Blaze In Norridge.

The fire started around 5 a.m. in a single-family home in the 7900 block of West Gunnison Street. Four adults and four children were trapped inside when firefighters arrived, and had to be rescued from the house.

01/07/2015

A resident and four police officers were injured in a fire in west suburban Berwyn early Wednesday. (Photo from Network Video Productions)

Four Berwyn Cops Injured Rescuing Woman From Fire

Four police officers were injured early Wednesday, when they ran into a burning apartment building to help people escape in west suburban Berwyn. A resident also suffered serious burns.

01/07/2015

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Some Small Businesses Optimistic About 2015

We’re not talking about record profits for these small businesses. It’s more about a confident feeling that the economy is chugging along at a pace where they can expand. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.

01/02/2015

#1: The DeLorean from "Back to the Future"

‘Back To Future’ Saga Predicted Cubs Will Win It All In 2015

Don’t get too excited. The films already got a few predictions wrong, CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.

01/01/2015

An extra-alarm fire at Cermak Road and State Street interrupted service on the CTA Green Line, which runs adjacent to the building. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Two Firefighters Hurt Battling South Loop Blaze

The fire started around 3 a.m. in a one-story commercial building at the corner of State Street and Cermak Road. The building houses a cell phone store and three fast food restaurants – one ironically named Dragon Fire.

12/31/2014

Shoppers carry packages along the Magnificent Mile shopping district on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Shoppers Get Early Jump On Black Friday Deals

Forget Thanksgiving with the family. For many shoppers, Thursday night was all about finding big deals.

11/28/2014

A small twin-engine plane crashed into a house less than half a mile from Midway International Airport, shortly after takeoff Tuesday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Pilot Killed When Small Plane Crashes Into Home Near Midway

A small cargo plane crashed into a home a few blocks away from Midway International Airport early Tuesday morning. The pilot reported engine trouble just moments before the two-engine plane went down in the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue.

11/18/2014

Ballots

Due To Judge Shortage, Glitches, Last Chicago Ballot Cast At 3 A.M.

At Welles Park, there were 50 people still in line at 2 a.m., having waited at least seven hours to cast their ballots. At one point, the gym was transformed into a makeshift holding area to accommodate waiting voters.

11/05/2014

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