Covering Chicago's Back-to-School Season

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM CDT

First-Grader's Hair Caught in Fan Handed Out by CPS

First-Grader's Hair Caught in Fan Handed Out by CPS

The Chicago Public Schools, in an attempt to help cool down students in this week’s unseasonable heat, reportedly distributed more than 36,000 tiny portable fans and cost one first-grader a good chunk of hair.

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 01:12 PM CDT

CPS Moves Official Student Headcount Date

CPS Moves Official Student Headcount Date

In a change from previous years, and in a move that pleases the Chicago Teachers Union, district officials used Monday, the 10th day of classes, to determine the official headcount of each school.

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM CDT

Two Shot Near South Side Elementary School

Two Shot Near South Side Elementary School

Police say a van rolled up to an intersection near Austin Sexton School and fired shots at two people.

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 01:20 PM CDT

Second Attempted Abduction Reported Near Charter School

Second Attempted Abduction Reported Near Charter School

Girl was approached while walking to school with her young brothers.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

Mom: Bus Driver Left Kids Miles From Home

Mom: Bus Driver Left Kids Miles From Home

Yaney Perez's two children last Wednesday were supposed to be dropped off at Galapagos Elementary Charter School, near their home. Instead, the school bus driver left the kids at another school two miles away.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 02:45 PM CDT

Communications Tower Falls Near Safe Passage Route

Communications Tower Falls Near Safe Passage Route

Fallen tower seen dangling from a building on West Side

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Police Warn of Robberies in Lake View

Police Warn of Robberies in Lake View

In two cases, the robbers approached the victims from behind and used force, or threatened to use force, to take a purse and backpack.

Up to 32 Horses Die in Woodstock Stable Fire

Up to 32 Horses Die in Woodstock Stable Fire

Firefighters believe only five horses out of 37 survived the blaze at family-owned horse boarding facility Valley View Acres.

Police: Man Dies After Falling 18 Floors from Streeterville Hotel

Police: Man Dies After Falling 18 Floors from Streeterville Hotel

This is the second incident this year of someone falling out of an 18th-floor window at the Double Tree Hotel in Streeterville.

Woman Charged After Striking Girl, 10, in Hit-and-Run

Woman Charged After Striking Girl, 10, in Hit-and-Run

Julia Ann Rastelli was charged with drunken driving after hitting a 10-year-old girl in suburban Riverside.

D.C. Political Icon Marion Barry Dies at 78

D.C. Political Icon Marion Barry Dies at 78

Marion Barry, an icon of D.C. politics for more than 40 years, has died at age 78, his spokeswoman confirmed. Barry had been hospitalized Thursday after complaining of a urinary tract infection and died at about...

3 Arrested in Suburban Drug House Investigation

3 Arrested in Suburban Drug House Investigation

Three men were arrested on drug and weapon charges following an investigation into a suspected drug house in Beach Park.