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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
  • Funeral Saturday for slain U of I student

    CHICAGO — A funeral was held today for the University of Illinois student killed during a botched robbery on campus. A celebration of life took place at 10 a.m. at Curie High School on the South Side to remember Vicente Mundo. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. Nearly $10,000 has been raised — almost doubling the family’s goal. Two men are in custody and held on $2 million dollars bond each for the […]

  • The legacy of Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub’

    Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks died at the age of 83 Friday night, and many fans and teammates looked back fondly at the legacy left behind by “Mr. Cub.” Banks passed away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Details of his death have not been released, but for years to come, Chicagoans and baseball fans will remember the man who defined the Cubs. Banks began his professional career at the age of 19, when he signed a contract with the Kansas […]

  • Cubs legend Ernie Banks has died at 83

    CHICAGO — Cubs legend Ernie Banks has died at the age of 83. ‘Mr. Cub’ passed away Friday night at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Details of his death have not been released but the City of Chicago is joining the Chicago Cubs in remembering the man who made history on the North Side and earned just about every honor and award but a World Series. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts released the following statement Friday night: “Words cannot express how […]

  • As inauguration approaches, Rauner ready to take reins

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bruce Rauner is less than a day away from his inauguration, when he’ll become the 42nd governor of Illinois. “It’s a new day in Illinois. We’re going to turn our government around and get it run right to benefit all the families of our wonderful state,” Rauner said Sunday. Sunday marked a family affair at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, where Rauner was surrounded by his wife Diana, five of six children, and a son-in-law. […]

  • Quinn signs bills hoping to modernize voting in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In his last full weekend as governor, Pat Quinn signed several new bills making it easier to vote in Illinois. He also signed the bill setting a special election for 2016 where voters will get to decide who will fill the late Judy B. Topinka’s position as state comptroller. The governor also signed a bill expanding the days and hours early voting, and another bill allowing residents to register and vote on Election Day. Cook County Clerk […]

  • Chicagoans prepare for the inevitable: Another messy winter

    Business owners, commuters and residents can look forward to another Chicago winter, and with it messy weather and bitter temperatures. A winter weather system began earlier in the weekend, as a wintry mix mucked up much of Chicago and its suburbs Saturday morning. More snow is expected overnight from Saturday into Sunday, and after that, another system is expected to impact Chicago by Tuesday. More than 280 snow plows worked on the streets of Chicago Saturday, and it’s only just […]

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    Protesters target Black Friday sales in Ferguson and Chicago

    Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri are now calling for a boycott of Black Friday. Anger continues to boils over in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Activists are now targeting major retailers, including Target and Wal-Mart, and asking supporters to skip the post-holiday shopping tradition as a show of solidarity. Seventy-five demonstrators protested peacefully outside of a suburban St. Louis Wal-Mart overnight. A protest outside of Chicago’s Water Tower […]

  • Blase Cupich celebrates first mass as archbishop at St. Agatha’s

    Blase Cupich celebrated his first mass as archbishop today at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church on Chicago’s West Side. The visit was symbolic on many levels, mainly because this was the parish over which convicted pedophile Rev. Daniel McCormack once presided. With the Archbishop’s visit came a message of resurrection and an apology. It was a packed house at St. Agatha’s, as Cupich’s parishioners jammed together to sing and pray with the new archbishop. In his sermon, Cupich recognized the pain parishioners […]

  • Two people found dead in Ford Heights; apparent homicide, officials say

    An autopsy conducted Saturday determined that a man and woman found dead in a Suburban Ford Heights home were homicide victims, officials said. The victims were found with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. The victims were discovered in a home in the 1400 block of Regent Lane, officials said. There was no sign of forced entry, Ansari said. Mchezo McMillian, 38, of the 1400 block of Regent Lane was pronounced dead at […]

  • Runners take on 2nd annual Dawn of Dunes run in Gary

    It was a beautiful day for a run in the park and that’s exactly what a lot of people were doing today in Gary. Runners from at least 20 states took part in the second annual “Dawn of the Dunes” marathon. It started in scenic Marquette Park on the shores of Lake Michigan ran through several dune areas. The city of Gary sees the marathon as a great sporting event and a chance to focus on something positive, especially after […]


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