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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    CSU lays off 300 employees

    CHICAGO — Chicago State University laid off 300 employees Friday effective immediately. The layoffs equal about one-third of the workforce, the Chicago Tribune reports. Chicago State President Thomas Calhoun Jr. tells the Tribune the cuts “will touch every area of the university — from associate vice presidents to police officers, counselors and carpenters.” It will reduce the number of non-instructional employees by nearly half. Faculty members were spared during this initial wave of cuts but are likely to be affected […]

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    Mother of excessive force victim praises CPD’s transparency

    The mother of a woman seen on a recently released dash cam video showing police using excessive force against her daughter says she’s glad the truth is coming out, even though it’s taken five years. And she has high praise for Chicago’s new police Superintendent. Sandra Jacobs-Jones says watching the video of Chicago police shooting, then pushing her daughter, Tiffani Jacobs, to the ground after a high speed chase in 2011 broke her heart. Officers say they were pursing Jacobs […]

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    Investigation reopened after dashcam video released of 2011 arrest

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were stripped of their powers over a dash cam video from an arrest almost five years ago. New police superintendent Eddie Johnson says the video is “concerning” enough to reopen the use of force investigation. In an effort to be more transparent, the department released dash cam video and the radio calls from that night in May of 2011 when police were chasing two suspects involved in an armed robbery. Police say the woman […]

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    Mother of teen shot and killed by Chicago police disputes officer’s claims

    CHICAGO — The mother of a teen who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer last December is speaking out. Quintonio LaGrier’s mother Janet Cooksey says she was shocked and saddened to hear the remarks made by the officer in an article published earlier this week .  In it, the officer says he feels terrible about shooting 55-year-old Bettie Jones in that same incident, the day after Christmas, but doesn’t appear to have any remorse for shooting her son, […]

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    Police seek suspects in string of Bucktown, Wicker Park armed robberies

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for suspects in connection with a series of armed robberies in the Bucktown in Wicker Park neighborhoods. While these robberies have occurred just blocks from one of the busiest intersections in the city, residents here say they’re being extra vigilant. The first robbery occurred in the overnight hours of April 11in the 1700 block of North Milwaukee. The second came just three days later in the 1700 block of W. North Ave. In both incidents, three […]

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    Child killed, woman critically injured in suburban apartment fire

    CREST HILL, Ill. — Crest Hill police and fire investigators are looking into the cause of a deadly fire that killed a 1-year-old boy and left his mother critically injured. While police don’t suspect foul play, they say they believe it was a terrible tragedy.  The fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday in a second-floor unit of a three-story, 36-unit building in the Woodland Apartment Complex in Crest Hill.   Residents say they heard alarms going off and smelled smoke, then […]

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    Chicago cop shot with pellet gun

    CHICAGO — Four people are in custody after a Chicago police officer was shot with a pellet gun on the west side. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday night near Madison and Cicero Avenues. The officer was working a vice operation in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when he was shot. He and another officer returned fire, but didn’t hit anyone. The pellet gun was recovered at the scene. The officer was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but […]

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    Suburban coaches accused of getting drunk, belligerent at bar; No longer employed

    SUMMIT, Ill. —    Two suburban high school coaches are no longer employed and are accused of getting drunk and belligerent at a bar. Argo High School has fired its varsity wrestling coach and the assistant coach has resigned after what some are calling “a lapse in judgment” at an off-campus event. School officials are quick to point out that no students are, or were ever, in any danger. A concerned parent tells WGN that several weeks ago, head coach 37-year-old Darren […]

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    Shamrock Shuffle kicks off running season in Chicago

    CHICAGO — It was a sea of green in Grant Park for the the 37th annual Shamrock Shuffle this morning.  Some used this annual 8K race as an excuse to continue celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, while others used it to mark the start of running season in Chicago. And with the sound of the horn, they were off, shufflers winding through the streets of Chicago for this nearly five-mile race on a cold and windy April morning.  Many including the now […]

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    Man dead, 2 firefighters injured in West Side apartment fire

    CHICAGO – A man is dead and two firefighters are injured after a fire at an apartment building on Chicago’s West Side. The fire began at 10:30pm Friday at 312 N. Central Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood. It was contained to an apartment on the second floor. The Chicago Fire Department says a man in his 50s was killed in the fire.  His name has not been released. A firefighter was critically injured after falling down an elevator shaft […]

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