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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    Lucas Museum dropping plans to build in Chicago

    CHICAGO —  “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas says Chicago won’t be home to his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Lucas Museum officials issued a statement Friday saying it will no longer consider Chicago as a potential site for the museum because of an ongoing federal lawsuit from a parks advocacy group. Instead, museum officials say the museum will be located in California. “No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot,” said George W. Lucas, founder […]

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    Father of killed CTA worker: ‘Nothing wrong with crying’

    CHICAGO — Chicago police and CTA officials don’t suspect foul play but they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the CTA worker who fell into the tracks at the Addison Blue Line Stop this morning. Forty-one-year-old Pearl Hendrix had worked for the CTA for almost two years. Her father Vernon Hendrix says she had just gotten a promotion. Pearl Hendrix was the youngest of six children. She attended Bremen High School and DeVry, where she got her engineering degree.  Her […]

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    73-year-old man wounded in shooting in South Shore

    CHICAGO – Police are seeking at least one suspect after a man was wounded in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side this afternoon. 73 y/o Thomas Johnson shot in face at BP gas station at 67th/Jeffrey.Hear from his family on @WGNNews at 9. — Dana Rebik (@DanaRebikWGN) June 11, 2016   Investigators say a dark colored SUV pulled up to a BP gas station in the 6700 block of South Jeffrey and opened fire.  One bullet went through the windshield […]

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    Two 15-year-old boys among those shot in weekend violence

    CHICAGO — The weekend saw multiple shootings all across the city. They included two 15-year olds shot in separate incidents, a man shot as he stood on his back porch, and another man who was shot in the head at a gas station on the northwest side after getting into an argument with another group of people. Witnesses who live across the street from the gas station at Belmont and Pulaski say they heard shouting and yelling, then at least six shots fired before they saw one car speed away […]

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    Chicago Police Supt. Johnson kicks off new program aimed at rebuilding community trust

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson hosted three separate training seminars at police departments across the city Saturday.  He says it’s part of a community policing effort that will help build trust within the neighborhoods and help reduce the violence. It’s called “Policing at the Speed of Trust,” an initiative that pairs 100 police officers with 100 community members. Officers in the 9th district were among those taking part in the training program with local pastors, residents, activists and CPS representatives. The seminar […]

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    2 shot outside UAW hall on Far South Side

    CHICAGO — Two men were shot during an altercation at the United Auto Workers union hall on the Far South Side. It happened just before 10 p.m. Friday at 3550 South Torrence Avenue, in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. A UAW Local 551 leadership vote had just taken place inside the hall. Police say three men were arguing in the parking lot, when one of them pulled out a gun and fired shots. Both victims were hit in the leg, and taken to the hospital […]

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    IPRA releases over 300 video clips showing Chicago police shootings, other incidents

    CHICAGO — The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police misconduct cases in Chicago, released hundreds of video clips and other material from 101 incidents it’s investigated on its website Friday. More than 300 video clips can now be seen by the public. They include shots from police body cameras, dash cams, surveillance videos and cell phones. There are also dozens of 911 audio calls and dispatch requests. On many of the videos, you can see arrestees being shot or […]

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    Violent start to Memorial Day weekend

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police detectives were busy on the scene of two homicides Saturday night.  At the first, in the 200 block of West Root, 27 year old Gavin Whitmore was found shot to death around 6 Saturday evening. Two hours later, police were called to the 39 hundred block of West Lexington where a young woman was found fatally shot in the head. And, police are still looking for suspects in the shooting death of 15-year-old girl who was […]

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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 […]