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‘Unpack Negative’ Program Provides An Outlet In Areas Struggling With ViolenceA community program is actively working to keep children safe in and around neighborhoods where gang violence is prevalent. As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reports, it’s a battle fought with one pair of boxing gloves at a time.

Neighbors demand safety improvements on Touhy Avenue in Edison ParkIn the wake of the hit and run that killed retired police officer Richard Haljean, residents are demanding changes to what they say is a notoriously dangerous stretch of road. That reports CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar.

Mars Wrigley Moves Operations Out of West Side Candy FactoryThe candy company Mars Wrigley announced Monday that it will move most of its operations from its factory on the west side of Chicago over the next two years.

Bucktown Carjacking Victim Shares Terrifying StoryAt this point, neighbors in an area of ​​Bucktown are afraid to warm up their cars or dig out the snow while the car is running. That reports CBS 2’s Jermont Terry.

At least one person injured in Zion snowmobile crashAt least one person was seriously injured Monday night in a snowmobile crash near the Illinois-Wisconsin border.

Chicago Weather: Dangerous Cold ComingThe coldest air of the season so far is in the forecast, with the next two nights experiencing dangerously chilly winds. CBS 2 Chief Meteorologist Albert Ramon has a First Alert Weather update.

Monday marks 2 years since Illinois first reported COVID-19 caseIt was two years ago Monday that we heard from the first COVID patient in Illinois. Chris Tye of CBS 2 spoke to some of those who treated that patient.

At least 276 children aged 16 and under have been shot in Chicago since 2021There are demands for change in Little Village after 8-year-old Melissa Ortega was shot dead. That reports CBS 2’s Steven Graves.

Detectives follow ‘promising leads’ in shooting of 8-year-old Melissa OrtegaCBS 2’s Tara Molina reports that Chicago police have announced they are overloading Little Village with additional officers in an effort to avoid retaliation as detectives seek help bringing Melissa’s killer to justice.

Illinois Driver Services facilities reopened after COVID outageThe Illinois Secretary of State’s office reopened its driver services facilities for personal matters Monday, after closing to start the new year due to the Omicron surge in COVID-19 cases statewide. That reports CBS 2’s Meredith Barack.

“We see every game as a building block to just keep it going”With a new coach at the helm, the Chicago State basketball program is doing something they haven’t done in years: winning. Jackie Kostek of CBS 2 has more.

Mother speaks after security guard was seen on video attack on Proviso West High School studentA teen was assaulted in his classroom last month by a guard at Proviso West High School in Hillside — and a federal lawsuit has now been filed. That reports CBS 2 researcher Megan Hickey.

Chicago Weather: Better Bundle UpCBS 2 Chief Meteorologist Albert Ramon looks at the expanded forecast.

Man, woman found dead in car on southeast sideA man who was a trooper with the Illinois State Police and a woman were found dead Monday afternoon in a car on the Southeast side, sources told CBS 2.

“Looks like they hit it with a hammer”Cars and trucks are targeted in places where owners believe their vehicles are safe. They are in parking garages. Sabrina Franza of CBS 2 reports from the Loop with a warning for drivers.

‘Simplicity is the key to success’The rules for Wordle are simple: players try to guess the word of the day. You get six tries. You have the correct letter and the correct location of the letter when the cube turns green. Yellow means correct but wrong location.

Small-town community leader calls for federal aid after 8-year-old girl is shot deadThe shooting that killed 8-year-old Melissa Ortega is not only heartbreaking but also a major concern for the Little Village neighborhood. Baltazar Enriquez, chairman of the Little Village Community Council, tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams and Marie Saavedra that his organization is asking for federal assistance.

Even in the ever-changing age of COVID, an Evanston school’s commitment to bright days never waversThis next story arose from an email Marie Saavedra recently received from one of her former teachers. Education in the time of COVID is a world away from what her primary school experience was, but on a visit to the school she found that the impact dedicated staff can have has remained the same.

New Developments In Illegal Parking Scams Outside Chicago Sports VenuesThere are new developments in a parking scam first revealed by CBS 2 researcher Dave Savini. He caught scammers robbing drivers trying to park outside various Chicago sports venues, and many of those drivers were subsequently beaten with parking tickets.

5 men, 1 woman found dead in Milwaukee homeSix people were found dead in a home in Milwaukee, and the police are trying to find out what happened there. Winnie Dortch of CBS 58 Milwaukee reports.

Family mourns 8-year-old Melissa Ortega, killed in shooting in small village“She tried to fulfill the American Dream, but got American Violence instead.” That was the message Monday from the family of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega, a recent Mexican immigrant shot and killed Saturday, the innocent victim of a gang-related shooting in Little Village. That reports CBS 2’s Tara Molina.

Man and woman found shot dead in car on southeast sideA man who was a member of the Illinois State Police and a woman were found dead in a car on the Southeast Side Monday afternoon, sources say. That reports CBS 2 political detective Dana Kozlov.

10th Annual Winter Brew Festival Moves Outside Due To Omicron VariantWinter Brew’s 10th year will be its most unique yet thanks to Omicron, but the show must go on. Morning Insider Marissa Parra got a sneak peak.

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