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Cyclist Says Driver Offered Him Cash After Dooring Him, Then Left – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A search was under way Monday for the driver of a car who hit a bicyclist with his door and then drove off. Before the driver left, he tried to toss a handful of cash at the man lying in the street. The victim shared his story with CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas. “I was in so much shock and pain,” said Tim Biedakiewicz. A cast covered Biedakewicz’s right hand weeks after the accident. “I had to get like between five to like nine stitches,” he said. Biedakewicz’s glove was also left cut up and bloodied from the ... Read more

Lynwood Neighbors Put Off By State’s Plan To Take Their Land – CBS Chicago

LYNWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — The State of Illinois is planning a $154,000 bike path alongside a road construction project in the south suburbs – and the state is threatening to take over some private land to do it. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, some in Lynwood feel the state should hit the brakes. “They were out here this morning sticking flags in here,” said Roger Sons as he stood on his property. “I’m not very happy.” But Sons admits he might be facing a losing battle. He said the State of Illinois wants his first 12 feet of his ... Read more

Woman Says She Was Fired As Gas Station Cashier Because Thorntons Couldn’t Accommodate Her PTSD – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side woman says a major gas station chain fired her because they can’t accommodate her disability, even though she didn’t ask for any special accommodations. CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas has the story, including her questionable conversations with human resources. Shakena Jamerson suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and says her disability stems from an abusive childhood. She’s been collecting a disability check, but wants to get back to work part-time. “I wanted to go out the house, and meet people, and conversate, and have people come in; because, you see, it’s just me in the ... Read more

Taxpayers Dished Out Over $93 Million To Settle City Lawsuits In 2019 – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — $93,229,692. CBS 2’s Morning Insiders have discovered that’s how much Chicago taxpayers dished out in 2019 for legal settlements and lawsuit judgments and claims. Some of the cases made headlines: • $4.5 million dollars to Carl Chatman, years after his rape conviction was reversed. • $3.7 million to Kelsey Ibach and other passengers in a car that plunged down an embankment in 2014. • $1.18 million to Laquida Cockerham, whose nephew was shot and killed by police in 2015. But Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th), a member of the Committee on Finance, says the headline grabbers aren’t the ... Read more

Online Purchases That Are Tax Exempt Under The New Illinois Law – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Many people turn to eBay for discounts and deals, but you may want to check twice before placing an order. A new law allows eBay, along with other online marketplaces, to collect sales tax on all Illinois transactions. But eBay has experienced some glitches ensuring exempt items remain untaxed. A complete list of exempt items can be found in the PDF below. Derek Monroe, who often works abroad, purchases foreign bills and coins on eBay for a discounted rate. All currency – both foreign and domestic – should remain tax-free under the new law, according to the ... Read more

Report Finds Over 30 Instances Of Sexual Misconduct By CPS Staffers – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Those who watch over our kids day in and day out are supposed to be some of the most trusted people in the city. But an investigation into last school year by the Chicago Public Schools Inspector General found more than 30 instances of disturbing behavior by teachers and others who work in the schools. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas has been digging through the annual report by CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler. If a teacher learns a student has been abused, that teacher is required by CPS to report it to the state. But a CPS Inspector ... Read more

City Fixes Some Lampposts With Exposed Wires, But There Are Many More – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Dozens of 311 complaints months ago did not fix the exposed wires on light poles in the South Side neighborhood of West Chesterfield. In fact, the city did not fix the light poles until Thursday, after a CBS 2 story on the potentially dangerous problem for kids and dogs. Meanwhile, CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas discovered there are still exposed wires all over the city. There was progress on Thursday, as a Chicago Department of Transportation crew screwed in light pole doors at 93rd Street and Michigan Avenue. “And I can now remove this tape from this pole,” ... Read more

Exposed Wires At Base Of Light Poles Pose Serious Potential Danger – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A potential danger is popping up across Chicago – exposed wires at the base of light poles. A viewer let us know he has requested the city fix several in his neighborhood. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas was on the case Tuesday. “It’s simply a safety hazard,” said Michael LaFargue. Exposed wires were spotted at the bases of lamp posts at 93rd Street and Wabash Avenue, 93rd Street and Michigan Avenue, and 94th Street and Indiana Avenue. “The missing door – if you look closely the wires are sticking out of this pole,” LaFargue said. “Who knows what ... Read more

At Least 12,000 Packages Are Stolen Every Day In Chicago, Expert Says – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re freaking out because that all-important gift has not arrived yet, you’re not alone. Whether lost or stolen, CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas asked an expert how many packages disappear in Chicago. The answer is at least a staggering 12,000 – every day. The Shaw family’s doorbell camera captured a real-life Grinch this month. He hopped over the fence, unlocked the gate, grabbed three packages, and left. “They were gifts from family,” said Ryan Shaw. Those gifts included a playset from grandma for 1-year-old Chase. “It’s not real surprising,” Shaw said. “This is something that could be ... Read more

McHenry County Animal Trainer Accused Of Abusing, Malnourishing Dogs – CBS Chicago

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (CBS) — The CBS 2 Morning Insiders are on the case of an accused dog abuser, due in court Monday. Police said the animal trainer in McHenry County abused and did not properly feed a dog in his care. Now, former clients are reaching out to investigators with their own stories. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas spoke with some of them. Sean Arnold is as tough as they come – a Marine who earned a Purple Heart in Iraq. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t choke up easily. But then again, the story he told us isn’t easy ... Read more

Noisy Trash Trucks Awake Residents And Violate City Law – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s like an alarm clock with no snooze button. People living near Lamon and Cullom avenues in Portage Park say private trash companies are unloading dumpsters before the crash of dawn, waking them up and violating a city ordinance while they’re at it. “The trucks always wake me up,” Georgia Letsos said. “I’m right at the corner so it, like, even shakes my windows.” Residents have awoken to the clanging of the dumpsters, the exhaust of the trucks, and beeping when the drivers are backing out. “Oh, the ‘beep, beep, beep’ is the absolute worst,” said Sarah ... Read more

Vacant City-Owned Lots Become Frustrating Eyesores For Neighbors; ‘It Devalues Your Property’ – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Overgrown weeds, empty beer cans, and frustrated neighbors; the Morning Insiders uncovered a pattern of vacant city-owned properties falling into disarray, leading to more than 100 complaints last year. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas discovered those complaints don’t always lead to solutions. 4129 West Grenshaw; that’s how a lot overgrown with weeds and grass and littered with trash is described in Cook County records, but neighbors simply know it as the eyesore down the block. “They should maintain it,” Anderson Jackson said. “It devalues your property.” “It makes me feel disgusted, because you want your neighborhood to look ... Read more

Thief Takes $1,600 Worth Of Gifts For School’s Santa’s Workshop Event – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — An elementary school in the Irving Park community is brimming with excitement for its Santa’s Workshop event on Friday, but there’s just one problem. That problem is a thief took all $1,600 worth of gifts. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported Thursday night, the principal of St. Viator Elementary School, 4140 W. Addison St., said the thief took off with everything from games to clothing. And the school needs donations for Friday morning. “We were looking everywhere – every last closet,” said Principal Lisa Reiger. It was the moment that Reiger’s heart sunk. The gifts that had ... Read more

Fake Check Causes Very Real Problems For Man Searching For Roommate – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — It was an unwelcome holiday surprise: a Crestwood man had a scammer send him a fake check for thousands of dollars–only to try to get him to send thousands of real dollars back. But he caught on and called CBS 2’s Morning Insiders, who discovered that thieves are using new methods to pull their old tricks. CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas has the story. George Rabiela is looking for a roommate, so he took his search online and advertised the room on Craigslist. Within days, he got a text. “Hi, is the room posted on Craigslist still ... Read more

Police Chase Leaves Innocent Driver Caught In The Middle, Worried For His Hurt Daughter – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Dramatic new video shows the end of a police chase in the south suburbs. Officers said it involved guns and a stolen car. And the suspects smashed into an innocent driver at the end of the chase last Saturday. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas has learned police are still looking for one suspect. The video, from an Alsip police camera, shows suspects driving on the wrong side of the street in what police say is a stolen Chevy Equinox. Harvey police were chasing after them. Officers said the suspects had just topped 120 miles per hour on I-294, ... Read more

Wild Waves Threaten Indiana Dunes In Portage – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Dramatic flooding at the Indiana Dunes. It’s so bad, a popular part of the park is threatened. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reports there’s a push to shut that lakefront down. The howling wind and frozen scenery won’t stop Michelle Dover from visiting the Indiana Dunes. “Actually we just wanted to see what it actually looked like in real life with the waves crossing over to the other side,” Dover said. She’d only seen it in videos, like one taken on Monday. It shows Lake Michigan crashing past the dune and into a separate body of water, behind ... Read more

Another Visit To The Troubled Homewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery – CBS Chicago

HOMEWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — The Morning Insiders are pushing for answers about a troubled cemetery in the south suburbs. A toppled tombstone is yet another example of disturbing conditions at Homewood Memorial Gardens. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported Friday morning, even the Cook County Sheriff is taking notice of our recent story. Homewood Memorial Gardens is the final resting place of tens of thousands of people. “It’s just unfortunate,” said Cook County Sheriff’s police Detective Sgt. Jason Moran. “I am responsible for death care industry complaints.” If you ask Moran, the dead at the cemetery deserve to rest in ... Read more

City-Owned Lot Was Left In Shambles On Blighted South Side Block – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The 7100 block of South Champlain Avenue is burdened by blight — it has racked up more 311 complaints for abandoned buildings than any other block in the city over the past year and a half. There are at least six boarded up houses on the block, many of them surrounded by unkempt lawns and empty beer cans. “People will throw their garbage when they see there’s nobody in the house. They use it as a dump,” said Clifola Coleman, who lives in the neighborhood. And Coleman said it’s not just houses — but vacant lots causing ... Read more

South Side Block Plagued By Problem Properties Despite 311 Complaints – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — When it comes to abandoned buildings, the 7100 block of South Champlain Avenue in the Park Manor community is about as bad as it gets – racking up more 311 complaints than any other in the city over the past year and a half. But the neighbors say despite their complaints, the block is still in shambles. CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas looked into what is being done. “They just trash everything and just leave it there,” said Clifola Coleman. The house she is talking about was in disrepair, is surrounded by empty beer cans, and ... Read more

Gang Members Try To Join Watch Group Days Before Neighborhood Taggings – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s supposed to be a place where people can spread the word about crimes, but a man running a Northwest Side neighborhood watch group says he recently caught apparent gang members trying to join. Now Jorge Muralles is warning others to be vigilant about who they allow into their online block clubs. Muralles says, last month, people who were flashing gang signs and guns in their social media pictures tried to join the Portage Park Neighborhood Watch Group that he runs on Facebook. He denied their requests. “We want to keep the neighborhood watch group as a ... Read more

$183,000 Phone Bill Has South Holland Dentist Gritting Her Teeth; ‘Something Is Really Wrong’ – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A phone bill for more than $180,000. That’s what Dr. Rosa Galvan-Silva’s dental office received from AT&T for hundreds of international calls she said she never made. CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas dug into her puzzling problem. In 40-plus years of dentistry, about 30 at her office in South Holland, Galvan-Silva still hasn’t seen it all. “Something is really wrong,” she said about receiving an $81,224.32 bill from AT&T, the first of two monstrous phone bills. The bill said her office made more than 100 calls – some as long as two hours – to the ... Read more

As Other Airports Ban Curbside Rideshare Pickups, O’Hare Has Solution – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — This week, two more major American airports are banning curbside rideshare pickups at the terminal – forcing passengers to traipse far, far away before leaving the airport. But as CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, the solution at O’Hare International Airport seems to be as simple as a colorful rainbow designation system for the pickup area – rather than sending travelers looking for rideshares far away like some other airports do. Effective on Tuesday, Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, will no longer allow curbside rideshare pickups. But the airport has also brought in LAXit – a cutesy, ... Read more

Families Say Problems Persist At Homewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery – CBS Chicago

HOMEWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — Homewood Memorial Gardens is a south suburban cemetery that made headlines for all the wrong reasons back in 2011. Now, some people with loved ones buried there say there are still problems today. CBS 2 went to the cemetery and found sinking headstones, a loose, crooked marker for a World War II veteran and multiple graves without any grass. “Oh my God – I can’t. This is horrible,” Marketa Kristofek said. Kristofek has two loved ones buried at the cemetery. Their graves look better than some of the others, but she said she’s concerned about what’s ... Read more

Man Got 311 Confirmation That Sinkhole Was Fixed — But It Wasn’t – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The CBS 2 Morning Insiders are taking on a pesky sinkhole – an inconvenience to West Loop drivers that the city hasn’t fixed despite one man’s request. We discovered the city is saying the problem is fixed, when it’s not. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas asked how that could be. “I drive across this every day,” said Andy Pierce. “Every day.” “This” is the intersection of Desplaines and Madison streets, with which you could say Andy Pierce has a rocky relationship. He admits the depression in the road is not the worst problem in the world, but it ... Read more