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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.

Recent Articles
  • Bond denied for suspects in murder of Skokie high school student

    Skokie Police officers have arrested four people in the murder and attempted murder of two 17-year-old students. Bond was denied for three of the four suspects charged with the shooting death of 17-year-old Niles North High School student Max Gadau and critically wounding a 17-year old female friend he was with at the time. Dzevad Avdic, 19,  Myles Hughes, 19, Nicholas Smith, 19, all of Chicago, and Jeremy Ly, 19, of Skokie,  has been charged with the murder and attempted […]

  • Air travel issues continues days after FAA fire; More flights canceled

    As the repairs and cleanup continue from a fire at an FAA center in Aurora, many stranded travelers at O’Hare and Midway Airports are eager to get on their way. 550 flights have been canceled at O’Hare, and the airport is experiencing flight delays of 30 minutes inbound and outbound today. Midway has cancelled 55 flights and is averaging delays of 30 minutes or more.

  • Naperville man charged in FAA facility fire

    UPDATE: 3:30pm – from Chicago’s Department of Aviation:  Airlines at O’hare have Cancelled more than 660 flights with delays of 60 minutes. Midway delays average 45 min cancelled 120 flights.   Brian Howard, 36, of Naperville, has been charged in connection with a fire set at a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center in Aurora. According to the official criminal complaint, Howard entered the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center just after 5 a.m. Friday while “dragging a black […]

  • Jackie Robinson West home from celebratory trip to Disney World

    Jackie Robinson West players and their families and coaches returned Sunday morning from Disney World. The trip was part of what has been a long celebration of their accomplishments at the Little League World Series. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has the full story.

  • Autopsy: Elmhurst man killed wife, adult children

    Autopsy results confirm that an Elmhurst man fired the shots that killed his wife and adult children before he took his own life Saturday. During a well-being check Saturday evening, officers found the bodies of Francis and Joan Stack, both 82, and two of their children, 48-year-old Francis Stack Junior and 57-year-old Mary Stack. All had been shot to death. The adult children were both severely disabled. Friends say Joan Stack’s health had recently declined, and she was bedridden. Neighbors […]

  • Thousands compete in Chicago Triathlon

    Thousands of athletes from 44 states and 18 countries participated in the Chicago Triathlon Sunday, a three part race of running, biking and swimming. The swim course was held in Monroe Harbor with a Sprint Distance of 750 meters and an International Distance race of 1.5 kilometers. The bike course included Lake Shore Drive, with the shorter Sprint Distance measuring 24.5 kilometers and the longer International Distance running 40 kilometers. Runners ran along the lake from the grass reserve at […]

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    Chicago Air and Water Show continues Sunday

    Day two of the 56th annual Chicago Air and Water Show is Sunday. The show goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to North Avenue Beach is free for the event. The Blue Angels are the headliners and will fly last. The Angels had to sit out last year’s show because of government budget cuts.

  • 1 dead in shooting outside Chicago nightclub

    Chicago police are investigating a shooting outside a Near North Side nightclub that killed one man and wounded another. A Lollapalooza after-party was held overnight at The Bodi nightclub on Orleans. A 32-year-old man was found shot to death in a nearby alley. A 21-year-old man was injured and is in serious condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Police on patrol heard shots fired and saw a man with a gun running from the scene. The officers shot at the man […]

  • Runners get down and dirty at Mud Run

    About 200 participants got down and dirty in Lake Villa on Saturday as part of the second annual Mud Run in the community. But it was all for a clean cause: raising money for local schools. It’s not the most conventional way to run a race. Instead of a flat surface, there is rugged terrain, obstacles and, of course, mud. “It’s a good summer event,” race director Patrick Gallagher said. “And mud runs were really popular, so it just seemed […]

  • Father captures alleged child predator exposing himself, arrests follows

    A southwest suburban man is being held on bond after allegedly exposing himself to two young girls. Harvey police say Guas Sweiss, an Orland Park businessman, drove several miles from his home on July 14 to a remote alley in Harvey with the intention of approaching young girls and exposing himself. He didn’t expect Kenneth Smith, the father of a 4-year-old girl himself, to catch the whole disturbing incident on camera in his own backyard. Smith was able to call […]


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