(CBS) — Chicago police made several arrests Saturday evening following another “wilding” scene instigated by young people along the Magnificent Mile.
Photographers shot chaotic video of police officers and vehicles swarming Michigan Avenue near Huron and detaining several young people around 7:30 p.m. Some of the disturbance leaked onto Chicago Avenue near State Street on a relatively warm night with temperatures in the 50s.
February 16, 2013
COMMENT: Employed in the name of public safety, these officers target other drivers and even set up checkpoints for DUI and DWI while they are allowed to work — on highways and public roads — under the influence of alcohol themselves.
A shocking new report has uncovered union contracts that allow police officers in Illinois to show up for duty while ‘half-drunk’ or up to one-percent under the [...]
January 30, 2013
Following brazen military drills in Miami and Houston, police in Illinois plan an active shooter scenario in a suburban Chicago school today.
Students will be in classrooms at the Cary-Grove High School when police fire blanks in the school hallway “in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire,” according to principal Jay Sargeant, CBS Chicago reported on Tuesday.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting more pressure on gun makers to get behind his push for an assault weapons ban and criminal background checks for gun purchasers.
This time, he wants to go after their bottom line.
Emanuel is pushing two major financial institutions to stop their financial backing of gun makers, unless those companies support “commonsense reforms, including requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales.”
The mayor is [...]
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s police superintendent says his department is making a significant dent in the city’s crime rate.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy credits his policing strategies with a sharp reduction in crime compared with earlier this year.
“Since then, it’s definitely turned,” he said. “In fact, the murder rate is down to about 18 or 19 percent off of what it was last year, where earlier in the year, it was up [...]
Although Jackson, who now receives treatment at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder, won reelection easily, he faces jail and the loss of his pension over his misuse of campaign funds to decorate his home and splurge on a $40,000 Rolex for a female friend.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is battling legal troubles and mental illness, is likely to resign from Congress and face jail time under the terms of [...]
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CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago teachers’ strike appeared likely to enter a third day, as Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told a large crowd of teachers downtown that it’s “lunacy” to think a deal will be reached by the end of the day Tuesday.
Both sides were back at the negotiating table Tuesday morning to try to hammer out a deal. Efforts to do so failed Monday [...]
August 18, 2012
A Chicago police officer pleaded guilty Friday to stealing $5,200 in cash that he thought belonged to a drug dealer. But the money was really part of an undercover sting.
Wentworth District tactical unit Officer Kallatt Mohammed also admitted in his plea deal, entered in federal court Friday morning, that he took protection money from heroin and crack dealers at the Ida B. Wells public housing complex on [...]
August 9, 2012
State health officials have confirmed Illinois’ first case of Swine Flu this year.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said the U.S. has seen an uptick this year in the number of cases of H3N2v Swine Flu, a relatively new strain. But the case of an Illinois boy who contracted it is the only one of 146 cases nationwide that [...]
Jack Redmond, aged five, has spent nearly all of his young life in a Chicago suburb with his mother, but on Tuesday, he was forced to board a plane heading to Ireland, which will be his new home for the foreseeable future.
The young boy was caught in the middle of an international custody battle between his American mother, Mary Redmond, and her former boyfriend, Derek Redmond, who is Irish.
Although the [...]
(CBS News) CHICAGO – Chicago is in the grips of a deadly gang war. At least 275 people have been killed in the city so far this year and many more have been shot, many of them innocent bystanders to the gang violence. Among the latest victims were 12- and 13-year-old girls shot Tuesday night. They survived.
Sgt. Matt Little leads one of the teams in Chicago’s Gang Enforcement Unit. There [...]
June 25, 2012
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will seek to revise the city’s gun control ordinance, after a federal judge ruled part of the 2010 law is unconstitutional.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said Emanuel will introduce a revision to the gun ordinance at this week’s City Council meeting, permanently banning anyone with a violent felony conviction from getting a city gun permit. Anyone with a violent misdemeanor conviction would face [...]
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June 19, 2012
Using the lure of $100 gift cards, the Chicago Police Department is encouraging people to get guns out of their homes and turn them in this Saturday, during the annual gun turn-in program.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the Police Department is partnering with 20 churches..
First Deputy Supt. Alfonza Wysinger says anyone who turns in a real gun will get a $100 gift card. Replicas and [...]
UPDATED 06/13/12 1:30 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police hope surveillance pictures help lead them to one of three weekend mob attacks on people downtown.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, a 23-year-old man was beaten up on the CTA Red Line near the State-Lake stop Saturday by a group of about six teenagers.
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports
The teens had just stolen the man’s 27-year-old female friend’s iPhone [...]
Illinois lawmakers sent a bill to the state’s governor that would allow miniature horses to be used as service animals.
If passed, the small horses, which stand no higher than 32in, would have to be allowed in schools, stores, restaurants, and other public places – anywhere an assistance dog can go.
The controversial legislation was passed 117-1 before arguably more pressing issues in the state, such as pension reform.
Leading the pack: Tonto, [...]
May 22, 2012
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and several other observers have praised officers in the field for their restraint during the NATO Summit protests, but some protest leaders say they cannot see McCarthy’s justification for the use of force.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the protest leaders say Chicago Police used their batons indiscriminately on Sunday at Michigan Avenue and Cermak Road.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was out in [...]
May 12, 2012
[...] All Metra passengers–not just those on the Electric Line–will also face carry-on restrictions and security screenings from May 19-21. Riders will be allowed one briefcase-sized bag up to 15 by 15 inches and four inches deep. Riders will not be allowed to carry boxes, luggage, backpacks, pocket knives, bikes, food or liquid.
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CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago’s police superintendent says the city is re-tooling its anti-gang strategy, following a particularly violent weekend during which several people, including a 6-year-old girl, were killed.
Garry McCarthy says the intelligence is there. It’s just a matter of getting the information to beat officers so they can anticipate a retaliatory gang shooting.
“We’re going to get our head around this thing and we’re going to turn it around is what it boils down to,” [...]
Activists protest the discipline policy and Noble Network charter schools. (CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) — Some parents and activists rallied at Chicago Public School headquarters in the Loop Monday to accuse a chain of charter schools of overly harsh discipline.
Protesters chanted: “Invest in us, stop arresting us.”
Their chief complaint? Charter schools run by the Noble Network send students to detention for minor infractions and fine them $5.
“We are absolutely appalled that Noble is [...]
CHICAGO (CBS) – A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.
It’s getting a rough reception from customers and merchants alike although perhaps none more than a cashier at Schroeder’s True Value Hardware in Lombard.
“They’re not very happy about it at all,” said Don Schroeder, one of the store’s owners. “One of the customers actually threatened the [...]
Food delivery (CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) – If your cell phone is your primary phone, you might be out of luck the next time you try to order in.
Some restaurants are now refusing to deliver to cell phone customers following a rash of robberies of their drivers.
Police say lots of food delivery drivers in Chicago are getting robbed by people using cell phones to target them.
So, Chicago police just issued a business alert. [...]
(Credit: Admiral Theatre)
CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re a stingy, Scroogey type at Christmas, the Admiral Theatre has an incentive for you to change your ways.
Yes, that Admiral Theatre.
Beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, the Admiral is offering a free lap dance to anyone who donates an unused, unwrapped toy.
But you won’t get extra attention if you clear off the shelves at the toy store and come to the Admiral with a big [...]
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Morgue is once again double-stacking bodies on trays in its cooler.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, at least 30 trays are being stacked on the cooler at the county Medical Examiner’s Office, 2121 W. Harrison St.
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports
“We should’ve had a burial in September but we didn’t,” said county Medical Examiner Dr. [...]
Edward F. Bachner IV has admitted to buying puffer fish toxin in hopes of killing his wife. (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) — A northwest suburban man has pleaded guilty to trying to kill his wife with poison from a puffer fish.
Edward F. Bachner IV, of Lake in the Hills, apparently wanted to collect $20 million on the life insurance policy for his wife, Rebecca Bachner.
The 2008 federal indictment against [...]
Kids play in the spray of water from an open fire hydrant on the South Side on July 21, 2011. (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) — City crews scrambling to turn off nearly 2,000 fire hydrants opened by residents seeking relief from the heat required a police escort to protect them from gang members and others upset with the shutdowns.
CBS 2 found one city crew being followed by a [...]
William Penn Elementary School was just one of a number of Chicago Public Schools where students were attending summer school in a building with no air conditioning on July 21, 2011, amid temperatures close to 100 degrees. (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) – It’s hard to imagine, but some children are going to school without air conditioning during this heat wave.
As CBS 2?s Susanna Song reports, parents with children [...]
A teen mob of thieves hit a Walgreens off the Magnificent Mile this week, store officials confirm. (CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) — The teenage robbery mobs are at it again on North Michigan Avenue.
Some 50 young people barged into a Walgreens at Michigan and Chicago on the Magnificent Mile on Tuesday afternoon. They took bottled drinks and sandwiches off the shelves, then ran off, CBS 2?s Suzanne Le Mignot.
A police report [...]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers his inauguration speech. (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) – On his first full day in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is already tackling the top items on his agenda – including big budget cuts.
As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Mayor Emanuel will return at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday to the 95th Street CTA Red Line terminal – the same place where he greeted voters the day after he won the [...]
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools is apologizing to a Chicago mother and her two young sons, ages 5 and 6, after they were denied breakfast because they came to schools wearing the wrong kind of shoes.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
The Nicholson brothers only grab a quick snack before heading to class because they qualify for a full free breakfast at Adam Powell Grade School. It’s something they look forward [...]
A honeybee. (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) – Patrons at the Gene Siskel Film Center Sunday learned about the mysterious disappearance of bees in the U.S. and around the world, at the screening of a new documentary.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Jennifer O’Neill reports, in the film, titled “Vanishing of the Bees,” Ellen Page narrates the story of two beekeepers, and the struggles they face, at a time when colony [...]
A toddler in a Ruffle Butt diaper. (Credit: Ruffle Butt/CBS)
CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) – A 4-month-old boy from the Beverly neighborhood helped set an unusual world record over the weekend.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, Forrest Barr was given a clean diaper at 11:30 a.m. His dry bottom counts toward a world record for the most cloth diapers ever changed simultaneously.
LISTEN: Newsradio 780?s Lisa Fielding reports
Forrest and his mother, [...]
Brooklynn Morris, 4
(CBS) CHICAGO – Parents, watch your children’s sippy cups!
Yet another child may have accidentally been served alcohol Sunday, this time at a Chicago area Chili’s. Tyree Davis says her 4-year-old daughter, Brooklynn Morris, was given an alcoholic mudslide instead of the chocolate milkshake she ordered.
The Chili’s incident follows two other recent claims of children accidentally being served alcohol at restaurants. A [...]
CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago firefighters rescued two pet dogs from a Bucktown fire Friday afternoon and used CPR techniques to revive one of the animals, which had stopped breathing.