Anrea Darlas

Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor/Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor on WGN Radio, weekend reporter on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts”. During her 17-year tenure at WGN, Andrea has won a multitude of awards from the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has five IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast” and two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards– one for TV and one for radio reporting. Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently sits on the U of I College of Media’s National Alumni Board. She’s also sits on the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the CARA-Chicago program to fight homelessness, as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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    Makeshift memorial set up for 6 slain Gage Park family members

    CHICAGO — A makeshift memorial in front of the home where six members of the same family were found dead continues to grow, as Chicago police continue to pursue several different theories as to how they were killed. Stuffed animals, flowers and burning candles lay in front of six white crosses on the front lawn of the home as detectives have spent the past few days searching for any evidence that could lead to answers in the grisly deaths of […]

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    1 injured in shooting on Interstate 57

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill. — Illinois State Police continue to investigate the sixth shooting on a Chicago area expressway or tollway this month. In the latest incident a man was shot but is expected to be OK. Police say it could have been a lot worse. They say shortly before 4 a.m. someone in a white SUV pulled up alongside of a black SUV in the northbound lane of I-57 between 147th and the Cal Sag River and opened fire. At least six gunshots were […]

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    Air travel begins to recover; stranded passengers look for flights

    CHICAGO –  Air travel is beginning to recover from the Blizzard of 2016 but it could take days to do so. Many flights to and from cities affected by the East Coast storm are being canceled Sunday, after thousands of flights were grounded Saturday. Flights to or from Philadelphia, Washington and the New York City area airports have been canceled, but at least one flight to Baltimore is scheduled Sunday. Airport weather stations in those cities have received 18 to […]

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    Man, 25, killed in shooting at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

    CHICAGO — Grieving relatives on Saturday were today forced to do something no one ever wants to do: identify the body of a loved one. This after 25-year-old Courtney Taylor was killed after shots were fired in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Police say there was a birthday party happening in the lobby of the hotel when someone pulled out a gun and started shooting around 2:30 a.m. Taylor was reportedly trying to break up the fight, but ended up dead. Taylor’s body, covered in […]

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    Wicker Park ice rink opens to frigid temperatures

    CHICAGO — What better way to celebrate the subzero windchills than with the opening of a brand-new ice rink in Wicker Park. The opening of Wicker Ice was actually delayed because of the warm temperatures last week, but that wasn’t a problem today for the opening of this beautiful rink. The rink is maintained with the help of dozens of volunteers to make sure the ice is primed and ready for it’s frigid debut. Wicker Ice is a massive undertaking […]

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    Man shot on Kennedy Expressway

    CHICAGO — Chicago police and Illinois State Police are investigating after a man was shot on the Kennedy Expressway Saturday morning.  He was driven to Northwestern, where he remains hospitalized. Shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, Illinois State Police responded to a call of a gunshot victim already at Northwestern. State police spokesman Santos Orta says their preliminary investigation revealed that someone shot at the victim’s car while both were traveling on the outbound Kennedy between Kostner and the Edens Junction. A 22-year-old passenger […]

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    3 people critically injured in West Side crash

    CHICAGO –  Three people were critically injured after their car hit a building and caught on fire  in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. It happened at about 4:35 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Harrison Street and Kostner Avenue. A car with three people inside hit a building near that intersection.  The car then caught on fire, and the three people got pinned in. Two people were taken to Stroger Hospital, and one person was taken to Mount Sinai […]

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    At least 3 dead, more than a dozen injured since Friday night

    CHICAGO  – The weekend is off to a deadly start in Chicago.  At least 3 people were killed and more than a dozen shot from 5 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. Three people were shot, one of them died, inside an apartment in the 1900 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue in the North Center neighborhood on the city’s North Side. That address is about four blocks from Mayor Emanuel’s Ravenswood home. Police say the shooting started with an […]

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    Police investigate shooting near Gold Coast hotel

    CHICAGO — Three people were shot near an upscale Gold Coast hotel. The shooting happened around 2 a.m. near the W Hotel in the 600 block of N. Lake Shore Drive. Chicago police were called to the hotel and found a 25-year-old man who had been shot several times outside the hotel. Witnesses at the apartments across the street say they heard the commotion and gunshots outside. They say someone got out of a dark colored SUV and fired shots. […]

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    Charges filed in hit-and-run that killed a pregnant mother

    CHICAGO – Charges have been filed in a hit-and-run crash that killed a pregnant woman on Christmas Eve. Silvestre Garcia, 22, is charged with aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Police say he struck and killed Karla Leanos, 26,  as she walked across the street in the 4200 block of West Ogden Avenue Thursday night. The crash was caught on surveillance video. Leanos was reportedly 7 months pregnant and has three young children. Doctors were able to […]


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