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Expert: Possible Thompson Center Sale Is Small, Positive Sign

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Governor Bruce Rauner have not seen eye to eye on much, but the possible sale of the James R. Thompson Center seems to be a rare point of agreement. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports. The democratic speaker ordered a house committee Friday morning to review the sale, lease or redevelopment of the ...

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After the Bell: Stocks Post Record Closes

CHICAGO (CBS) — Stocks closed higher on Friday, with all three of the major indices posting record closes, while trader’s kept tabs on France’s presidential election. The S&P 500 gained 3, the NASDAQ added 23 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up nearly 5 points, settling to 20,624. “You have optimism on less regulations, lower taxes and better corporate ...

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Chicago Fundraiser To Raise Money For Alzheimer’s Research

CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 5 million American’s suffer from Alzheimer’s, and it’s currently the third leading cause of death for older people. The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter junior board is hosting Friday, Feb. 24 a ‘Paint the Night Purple’ event at the Revel Fulton Market. The event hopes to raise awareness and money for the disease. Odds are ...

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Warm Weather Brings More Ticks, Fleas For Pets

CHICAGO (CBS) — If you have not been giving your pet monthly flea, tick and heartworm medication this winter, it’s time to start. Dr. Natalie Marks, co-owner of Blum Animal Hospital in Lakeview, said the parasites are loving the warmer weather as much as people are. “We’re seeing fleas and ticks on dogs that literally just go outside to walk ...

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Naperville’s ‘Helping Hand’ Safe Home Program To End

NAPERVILLE — According to the Naperville Police Department, The Helping Hand Program is ending. The program allowed homeowners to register private residences as safe places for kids when lost, hurt, or in danger. Naperville Police Deputy Chief Jason Aires said zero kids used the program in 2015, thanks to the evolution of technology and more cell phones. “The data doesn’t ...

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Reward Offered For Information Leading To Shooting Of Toddler

CHICAGO (CBS) – Community leaders and activists are offering a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who shot and killed 2-year-old Levontay White, Jr. on Tuesday in Lawndale. Bishop Larry Trotter, Senior Pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, joined community activist Andrew Holmes, Earley Walker (W&W Towing) and numerous other businesspersons throughout ...

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Suburban Man Honored For Finding Missing Veteran

(CBS) — A man from the far north suburbs has just received an “Outstanding Citizen’s Award” from the Virginia-based Aware Foundation, which helps find missing persons. He is the reluctant hero — reluctant because he doesn’t even want us to use his last name. Brian, from Richmond, Illinois, had the day off almost three weeks ago. He decided to spend it ...

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Businesses Look Ahead To Outcome Of “Grand Bargain” After New Budget Plan

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago business leader said local companies can live with tax increases in the budget plan being worked out by Illinois Senate leaders, but they want to see other reforms in the so-called “Grand Bargain”. Theresa Mintle, President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce said her group is encouraged that Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Republican ...

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Ice Fishing: Don’t Bother At This Point, Officials Say

(CBS) —Ice fishing?  You can stick a fork in it, if you can even find the ice. The unusually mild weather has done it in earlier than ever. The McHenry County Conservation District is allowing ice fishing at only one location, on Lake Atwood in the Hollows, near Cary. But spokesperson Wendy Kummerer said she expects conservation personnel to close it ...

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Stolen Lincoln Sculpture Of Lincoln’s Hand Returned To Kankakee Museum

CHICAGO (CBS) — A plaster sculpture of one of President Abraham Lincoln’s hands has been returned to a museum in Kankakee, more than a year after it was stolen. “We are just over-the-moon excited,” said Kankakee County Museum executive director Connie Licon. Kankakee sculptor George Grey Barnard had formed the 10-pound plaster hand from a picture of Lincoln before crafting ...

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Hundreds March In Chicago For “A Day Without Immigrants”

CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of people gathered Thursday morning on the Near West Side for a rally, and then, march on what is being called by some, “A Day Without Immigrants.” Some restaurants and businesses even closed in support of undocumented immigrants. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports. RELATED: Rick Bayless, Other Chicago Restaurateurs Closed Thursday For ‘Day Without Immigrants’ 14-year-old Lizbeth ...

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Aldermen Vote To Scale Back Airbnb Regulations

CHICAGO (CBS) — A City Council panel has given preliminary approval to changes in the regulations governing Airbnb and other vacation home-sharing websites, only eight months after aldermen passed the original ordinance. The Emanuel administration was trying to get ahead of two lawsuits challenging the home-sharing regulations approved in June 2016. The changes approved Wednesday by the Committee on License ...

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Rick Bayless Eateries, Other Businesses Closing To Support Immigrants

CHICAGO (CBS) — Dozens of restaurants and other businesses were shutting their doors on Thursday, as part of a “Day Without Immigrants,” a nationwide protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The social media-driven campaign, which involves several cities, urges foreign-born people not to go to work or school, or shop, as a way to show how immigrants help the ...

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Joliet Throws Hat Into Ring As Possible Caterpillar HQ

(CBS) — Naperville and Rosemont are among the Chicago area communities encouraging Caterpillar executives to move the company’s headquarters from downstate Peoria to their town. Now, another suburb —Joliet — is asking Big Yellow to take a look. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports. “Caterpillar’s always had a strong presence in Joliet. One of their main plants is located in our city,” ...

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Millennials Found To Be Worse Behaved Drivers, Study Finds

CHICAGO (CBS) – A new survey spells out just what age group of motorists behave badly behind the wheel. Young millennials, ages 19-24 earned the top spot as the worse behaved U.S. drivers, after a new report from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of these drivers engaged in dangerous driving behavior in the last month. WBBM’s ...

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Grand Opening For New Youth Homeless Shelter In Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Tuesday was the grand opening for an agency that provides support services for young homeless people in Chicago. Covenant House Illinois, located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, will provide a place to stop during the day for people between the ages of 18 and 24, Tuesday through Saturday. They’ll be able to take showers, do their laundry, ...

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Made In Chicago: Eat Purely

CHICAGO (CBS) — When you walk into a warehouse on the Near West Side, you can smell and hear what’s cooking, as the employees at Eat Purely are busy preparing and packing up lunches for hundreds awaiting delivery. Eat Purely was the brainchild of Jeremiah Green. “It was a cold night in February about two years ago. All the restaurants ...

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Forest Preserve District Set To Begin Danada Wetland Restoration

CHICAGO (CBS) — Work is expected to begin next week to create and restore dozens of acres of wetlands and prairies in DuPage County. 150 years ago, the area of the Danada Forest Preserve on the south side of Butterfield Road, a half mile west of Naperville Road was converted from wetlands and prairie to farmland. Now, it’s being converted ...

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Roskam Reportedly Declines Request For Public Forums

CHICAGO (CBS) — Voters groups have been putting pressure on West Suburban Congressman Peter Roskam to participate in public forums; so far, with little success. Gail Chaney Kalinich, an official with the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn, said representatives of eight league chapters within Roskam’s six congressional districts had a closed-door meeting with him this weekend. Kalinich said they are concerned ...

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Northern Illinois University Professor, Alum Win Grammy Awards

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chance the Rapper stole the spotlight at the Grammys on Sunday, but he wasn’t the only person from Illinois to bring home the gold. Dan Nichols and Matt Ponio did the engineering work on Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion’s album, “Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich,” which won the Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Ponio, a ...

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Dentist Offers Free Care For Valentine’s Day

CHICAGO (CBS) — For the 11th year in a row, people started lining up early for free Valentine’s Day dental services offered by a dentist in Logan Square. The charitable event was organized by Dr. Theodore Siegel of Big Smile Dental, in the 2800 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. People started lining up around 4:00 a.m. Cynthia Hooper was in ...

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Small, But Passionate Group Of Students Demands Meeting With CPS Chief

(CBS) — Chicago public school students think CPS CEO Forest Claypool should meet with them, before slashing the budget even further.  WBBM’s Michele Fiore reports. Only ten students showed up for a protest of CPS budget cuts, including Jasmine Curtis, a student from Englewood. What students outside the Thompson Center said they hope to get, is a meeting with CPS ...

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Durbin, Other Dems Want USDA To Restore Public Reports On Puppy Mills

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is one of 18 Democratic senators asking the Trump administration to restore puppy mill records on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. About 10 days ago, the USDA abruptly removed inspection reports about the treatment of animals at dog breeding facilities, research labs, and zoos. The department said it did that because of ...

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Illinois Saw More Than 1,400 Opioid Deaths In 2015

CHICAGO (CBS) — State lawmakers, other local elected officials, and drug awareness groups gathered Monday morning in Chicago to discuss the state’s growing opioid addiction epidemic — which claimed more than 1,400 lives in 2015. Those fighting the opioid problem shared stories and concerns at a meeting at the Gateway Foundation drug treatment center on the West Side. In 2015, ...

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