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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Officials: Vann May Have Been in Illinois Last Weekend

Officials: Vann May Have Been in Illinois Last Weekend

Investigators are using Darren Vann's cellphone records to pinpoint his movements after he told police he liked to check on the status of bodies he'd previously stashed after a fresh kill

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Richton Park Shooting

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Richton Park Shooting

Officers responding to a call of shots fired about 7 p.m. near an Auto Zone at 3650 Sauk Trail said they found an man lying on the sidewalk.

"Casting Tips": How to Avoid Paying for the Opportunity to Audition

"Casting Tips": How to Avoid Paying for the Opportunity to Audition

Entertainment industry professionals will tell you it’s a good time to be an actor in Chicago. But less-experienced actors looking to make it big in Chicago should not be fooled by paying for a chance to get in...

Victim Told Family: "Look For Me in An Abandoned House"

Victim Told Family: "Look For Me in An Abandoned House"

The father of a victim of a suspected serial killer in Northwest Indiana says his daughter told a relative before she was murdered, “If I ever go missing, look for me in an abandoned house.”

Tech Company Paid Foreign Workers $1.21 an Hour: Investigators

Tech Company Paid Foreign Workers $1.21 an Hour: Investigators

A California based tech company has been slapped with a fine and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in back wages after a United States Department of Labor investigation revealed the company paid workers $1.21...

Child Passenger From Liberia Being Tested for Ebola

Child Passenger From Liberia Being Tested for Ebola

A child traveling from Liberia is being tested for Ebola and remains in isolation in Chicago after he and an adult became ill on separate flights that landed Tuesday at O’Hare International Airport.