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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Chicago Celebrates Jackie Robinson West

Chicago Celebrates Jackie Robinson West

If it wasn't already abundantly clear before Wednesday, Chicago loves the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.

Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense

Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense

Tommy Schaefer's mother, Kia Walker, creates fundraising page seeking $100,000 to pay for a lawyer in Indonesia.

Confetti Rains Down on JRW

Confetti Rains Down on JRW

The celebration at Millennium Park ended with players from the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars being showered with confetti.

Chance the Rapper on JRW: "They Are Our Champions"

Chance the Rapper on JRW: "They Are Our Champions"

Chance the Rapper introduced Jackie Robinson West at Millennium Park following the team's parade.

Dad Acquitted of Murder of Drunk Driver Who Killed His Sons

Dad Acquitted of Murder of Drunk Driver Who Killed His Sons

A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons. David Barajas cried after the verdict...

Chicago Guitarist Charged With DUI in Fatal Crash

Chicago Guitarist Charged With DUI in Fatal Crash

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