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Truck wrecked in crash under Edens Expressway overpass

SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) -- A box truck was left wrecked and wedged underneath an overpass on the Edens Expressway Wednesday afternoon. Illinois State Police were called at 4 p.m. to the Church Street underpass on the inbound side of the Edens, on the boundary of Skokie and Morton Grove.A flatbed tow truck had been towing a box truck on one of its flatbed tow trucks, and the box truck turned out to be too tall for the 14-foot 2-inch clearance at the Church Street underpass.The box truck hit the overpass above, and pieces of concrete fell from the overpass, state...
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Extra-alarm fire rips through recycling center in downstate Madison

MADISON, Ill. (CBS) -- Firefighters in downstate Madison battled a massive extra-alarm fire at a metal recycling center Monday. The fire was first reported around 10 a.m. at the Interco recycling center on Fox Industrial Drive in Madison, a Metro East community across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The blaze quickly expanded in size, and there were numerous explosions caused by hazardous materials in the facility, KMOV-TV, CBS 4 in St. Louis reported. A five-alarm response was called, and fire departments from both sides of the Mississippi River rushed to the scene. Matt Coppin of the Metro West Fire...
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Woman left with more than $4,000 in damage after car hits downed light pole on DuSable Lake Shore Drive

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A Chicago woman said she was left with thousands of dollars in damage to her car after it hit a downed light pole in the middle of DuSable Lake Shore Drive As CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reported Wednesday, Stacy Sweat said she and her husband were driving north on the Drive just north of 31st Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. All of a sudden, she noticed something didn't seem right. "In front of us, there was a few cars pulled over - but we weren't sure what that was," Sweat said, "and...

A family on DCFS radar for 19 years under investigation again after 3-year-old I'Kera Hill died of malnourishment

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Only on 2:Three-year-old I'Kera Hill's family was investigated 10 times for close to 20 years. Ten siblings were removed from the home.In the end, I'Kera would die from neglect. Her parents are now charged.CBS 2's Chris Tye obtained documents that expose new questions about the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. I'Kera, of downstate Carbondale, is the nine kids on DCFS radar who've died since December.I'Kera was known as "Peanut" to her family. That family has history with DCFS that goes back 19 years, according to documents obtained by CBS 2. The documents reveal a family of...

Three charged after stealing millions in COVID relief funds

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Three people are facing possibly decades in prison, after prosecutors say they stole millions in COVID relief funds.Samuel Jackson, David Sullivan and Elizabeth Chervinko are all charged with wire fraud. Jackson is also charged with money laundering.According to the State's Attorney's Office, they applied for PPP loans and other federal assistance for their businesses, but lied about their expenses, how many employees they have and their payroll costs.They got nearly $3 million in loans, and spent that money on real estate and luxury vehicles. Jackson has pleaded not guilty. The other two are due in court later this month. 

I Am A Gentleman Inc. gives free haircuts to male students

CHICAGO (CBS) – For most students, school starts next week and the mentoring group "I Am A Gentleman" wants to make sure young Black men go back in style and empowered.Kids are getting free haircuts, but they're also learning life lessons. CBS 2's Shardaa Gray showed us how kids of all ages are preparing to go back to school.In a South Side barbershop, kids got haircuts, and pep talks from a Chicago police sergeant."I think the most important thing that I learned when I was your age is to be a leader, not a follower," Tim Crawford told one child.Crawford...

Comedian Ricky Gervais calls on Cook County Forest Preserve to release caged coyote

CHICAGO (CBS) – A campaign to free a coyote caged in Northbrook just received a major celebrity endorsement.Comedian Ricky Gervais is calling for Rocky the coyote to be moved to an animal sanctuary in Colorado.Gervais said the fact that Rocky is on anti-depressant medications is evidence of his inhumane captivity.He said urgent action is needed to help him.Rocky has been caged at the River Trail Nature Center for four years. He was turned over by a family who kept him as a pet.They apparently thought he was a German Shepherd.Several animal rights groups are fighting for his release.Forest Preserve officials said there's no guarantee Rocky will thrive if he is moved since he was raised by humans.

Emotional reunion after thieves steal man's car with 1-year-old son inside in South Loop

CHICAGO (CBS) -- It was just a matter of minutes, but it likely felt like eternity for a father when his car was stolen with his toddler inside.As CBS 2's Tara Molina reported, the start and finish of the chain of events were both caught on camera. The photo of the father reunited with his 1-year-old son says it all – a palpable flurry of emotion, love, relief. The 51-year-old dad held on tight as he and his son were safe and close together again."He probably thought he was never going to see his child ever again after his car...

After man is arrested with guns and ammo near Moran Park, residents are concerned but continue with events

CHICAGO (CBS) -- The events must go on.Right now, that's the mindset of organizers of "back to school" celebrations planned this week at an Englewood park. It's one week after a gunman was arrested after randomly firing into the park. His minivan, according to police, was filled with guns and ammo.CBS 2's Steven Graves reports from Moran Park where groups are working hard to create a safe space.Marshawnna Howell is a violence prevention case manager on Chicago's South Side."You know, make sure the kids have a safe space." She walked on one of those safe spaces near Moran Park in Englewood. An...

Firing of official who oversaw Chicago Police reforms means officers won't get required training, sources say

CHICAGO (CBS) -- One day after Robert Boik was fired from his job as director of reform for the Chicago Police Department, sources are telling CBS 2 the move means many officers won't get their required training. As CBS 2's Sabrina Franza reported Wednesday, thousands of officers could be affected. Boik, the executive director of the Office of Constitutional Policing & Reform, was fired one day after writing a critical email to police Supt. David Brown. Dozens of police officers who were in his unit will now be relocated to patrol. We are trying to determine how the 11,600 Chicago...

Michael Jordan's jersey from 1998 Finals to be put up for auction

CHICAGO (CBS) – You might have a good jump shot, maybe you can even dunk a basketball, but if you want to wear one of Michael Jordan's jerseys, you're going to need something else: a lot of cash.The Bulls jersey that Jordan wore during the first game of the 1998 NBA Finals is being auctioned off by Sotheby's.It was the last championship Jordon won with the Bulls.The scarlet red jersey is expected to fetch up to $5 million.Bidding begins on Sept. 6 and ends on Sept. 14.

Chicago First Alert Weather: A weak front on the way

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A weak front will pass through the area Wednesday night.According to CBS 2 Chief Meteorologist Albert Ramon, spotty sprinkle is possible, otherwise expect a few clouds and lows in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. Lows will be in the low to mid 60s in the suburbs.Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon for Thursday. Highs will be in the upper 70s. Partly cloudy and upper 70s for Friday.Saturday will feature a chance for rain in the morning, the mostly cloudy skies, breezy south winds and warmer temperatures in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.A few showers will be possible Saturday night into early Sunday morning as a front moves through the area. Upper 70s and low 80s for Sunday afternoon. Upper 70s to near 80 degrees with partly cloudy skies for much next week.TONIGHT: Clear this evening, then a few passing clouds overnight. Not as cool. Low: 69°THURSDAY: Morning clouds, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. A breezy northwest wind at 10 to 20 mph. High 78°FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High 79°

Ald. Sophia King joins Chicago mayoral race, as first woman to challenge Mayor Lori Lightfoot

CHICAGO (CBS)-- Ald. Sophia King (4th) announced she's joining the growing list of candidates planning to run against Mayor Lori Lightfoot in 2023.King, who chairs the City Council Progressive Caucus, is the first woman to announce plans to challenge Lightfoot. She represents the 4th Ward, which includes parts of the South Loop, Bronzeville, Hyde Park, and Kenwood neighborhoods.Her newly released campaign video takes aim at violent crime in Chicago, starting with her visiting the site near 43rd Street and Berkeley Avenue, where a shooting took place just days after she first took office in 2016. "Violence is not an abstract problem...

Catch glimpse of last supermoon of the year this week

CHICAGO (CBS) -– Be sure to look up at the sky this week and enjoy the last supermoon of the year.The August full moon is known as the Sturgeon moon. It's the fourth supermoon in a row. That's when the moon is at its closest approach to earth.The actual peak will be Thursday night - but the moon will look nearly full tonight, as well as Friday and Saturday.The next supermoon won't happen until August of next year.

Mike Ditka's Super Bowl sweater up for auction

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Perhaps the most iconic sweater in Chicago history is going on the auction block.Legendary Bears coach Mike Ditka's Super Bowl XX sweater vest is being sold through Heritage Auctions, and bids have already topped $30,000.Ditka donned the Bears sweater on Jan. 26, 1986, when the Bears crushed the Patriots 46-10.It's the last championship the Bears ever won.Heritage Auctions says the sweater is still in perfect condition, after Ditka set it aside untouched in a dresser drawer for decades since he was carried off the field at the Super Dome when the Bears won Super Bowl XX.Bidding on the sweater ends on Aug. 27.

Protestors to gather Wednesday; calling for indictment of CPD officer who shot, killed Anthony Alvarez

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Protesters plan to gather Wednesday night to call for the indictment of the Chicago police officer who shot and killed 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez last year.The rally will be held outside the 16th (Jefferson Park) District station, where Officer Evan Solano is expected to return to work after serving a 20-day suspension for violating several department rules during the foot chase that ended with him fatally shooting Alvarez.The Civilian Office of Police Accountability had recommended Solano be fired over the shooting, determining he shouldn't have chased Alvarez in the first place, and violated Chicago Police Department orders when he...

COVID guidelines for students, teachers returning to Chicago Public Schools

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Teachers and kids won't need a mask or a COVID vaccine to attend class every day at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) this year.But the district is changing some of its COVID protocols. The changes involve "close contact" protocols. There are now three options when COVID is detected in a classroom.You can submit proof of vaccination learn or work from home for five days, then wear a mask in school for another five days or participate in "test to stay" protocols.Masks aren't required but strongly recommended.As for contact tracing, if one person in an elementary classroom tests positive, the entire classroom is considered a close contact.

Mayor Lightfoot releases budget forecast with $127.9 million shortfall, $42.7 million property tax hike

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Facing the smallest budget shortfall of her tenure, a $127.9 million deficit for 2023, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expecting a $42.7 million property tax hike as she prepares to run for a second term.That property tax hike is about half of what she could have sought under the plan approved by the City Council two years ago tying annual property tax increases to the rise in the consumer price index.While the consumer price index rose 8.5% in July, down from 9% in June, the mayor's plan for annual property tax increase caps inflation-based tax hikes at 5%, and...

8-month-old baby returned safely after home invasion in Irving Park

CHICAGO (CBS)-- Police said a baby taken during a home invasion in Irving Park Tuesday night has been returned. The Chicago Fire Department said the 8-month-old girl was taken to Swedish Hospital where her condition was stabilized Wednesday morning. The child was left on the porch and a neighbor located her. Just after 10 p.m., police said a 17-year-old girl was home, in the 3800 block of North Richmond Street, when a man kicked in the door and demanded she put an 8-month-old baby in a car seat.The teen told police the man hit her in the head and drove away from the scene with the baby. Police said this is incident is "domestic related." Police are investigating.