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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.


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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 […]

  • Heavy rains cause flooding in suburbs

    Residents in several south suburbs are on alert this morning  for more flooding after yesterday’s heavy rains caused major flooding throughout the Chicago area. Burbank was one of the hardest-hit suburbs. More than eight hours after the rain stopped, fire fighters were still pumping flood waters off side streets to help relieve the sewer system. There were some flooded homes and basements and some who came very close to being flood victims. One resident  said she got least three inches […]

  • Blackhawks fans celebrate win!

    After an impressive Blackhawks victory, fans always seem to end up here at the Pony in Chicago’s north side. Maybe because the Hawks first brought the Cup here in 2010.  But fans are already feeling new excitement this year with today’s blowout over the Blues. Blackhawks fans left the United Center with all kinds if enthusiasm knowing that this year could be a repeat of last year. And most fans say they were never worried about singing the Blues. Call […]

  • Thousands take over Lake Shore Drive for Bike the Drive

    Lake Shore Drive was closed for several hours Sunday morning to all traffic except the two wheeled kind. About 20,000 cyclists took part in the annual “Bike the Drive”. The event is an annual fundraiser for the non-profit Active Transportation Alliance. The event lets cyclists make a noncompetitive round trip ride from Grant Park south to the Museum of Science and Industry then north to Lake Shore Drive’s northern turnaround point at Hollywood, according to an event website. Riders started  […]

  • Chicago Police shoot and kill man in Englewood

    A man is dead this morning after he was shot by Chicago Police officers overnight. It happened at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near S. 71st Street and S. Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. Police officers responded to calls of a person stabbed. They found Michael Myers, 62, holding a knife and chasing paramedics. Myers reportedly jumped on and off a moving fire truck. He refused to drop the knife and approached officers. News Affairs say Myers was shot by […]

  • State police: 1 dead, 1 hospitalized in Edens wreck

    A crash on this Edens Expressway this morning near Lincolnwood has left one man dead and another hospitalized, according to Illinois State Police. The two-vehicle crash occurred about 1:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes near Touhy Avenue, according to an ISP District Chicago trooper. A 26-year-old man driving one vehicle was killed while the driver of the other vehicle, also a man, survived and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, said ISP Master Sgt. George Jimenez. A condition […]

  • Woman killed in Oak Lawn fire

    A fire in Oak Lawn Saturday morning killed one person and sent a second person, in critical condition, to the hospital.  The fire in a home at 10124 Lawrence Court was reported around 2:00 a.m.Fire was showing from front of the home when fire department arrived on the scene. Shortly after the fire department made entry they requested an ambulance to take one victim to Christ Hospital, who is now reported to be in critical condition. According to fire officials […]

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