Anrea Darlas

Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor and Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor and co-host of the Steve Cochran show on WGN Radio, weekend reporter on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts”.

During her 18-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.

Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently serves U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. 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 Special Olympics.

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    1 dead and at least 20 injured in shootings since Saturday afternoon

    CHICAGO — It was another violent weekend in Chicago, with a slew of drive-by shootings all across the city.  At least one person is dead, more than 20 others were injured overnight.  Residents and community leaders are again asking themselves and city leaders, what can be done to stop the violence. In the most recent incident overnight, three men standing on a street corner in the Austin neighborhood were shot in the 5100 block of West Madison.  All three remain hospitalized.  Moments […]

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    ‘Completely innocent’ woman killed, man wounded in Bronzeville shooting

    CHICAGO – A woman was killed and a man wounded in a shooting Friday afternoon in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Police say around 4 p.m. 49-year-old Yvonne Nelson was exiting the Starbucks near 35th and State when a gunman open fired. She was struck in the chest. A 19-year-old man, who police say was the intended target, was also struck several times and taken to the hospital. “This incident right here highlights what I’ve been saying for the last month and […]

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    Long lines frustrate airport travelers in Chicago, nationwide

    The Homeland Security Secretary responds to intensifying criticism on Friday over the long security lines at airports. One frustrated traveler, “Sean H,” posted YouTube video of a really long line at Midway Airport on Thursday night. The video’s received about one million hits. Earlier this week, people posted pictures of long lines on Twitter and Instagram under #IHateTheWait. Some passengers missed their flights because of the long lines. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he will try to hire more TSA officers, […]

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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 […]