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    Storm damage in McHenry County

    MARENGO, Ill. — We’re getting our first look at damage caused by severe thunderstorms tonight in McHenry County. A large tree was brought down by winds and landed on a house and pick up truck in the 500 block of Prairie in Marengo. The home owner tells us there’s damage to his roof, and significant damage to the truck. He said the powerful winds only lasted a few minutes. Other damaging winds were reported in Winnebago County and in Southern […]

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    2 shot on Chicago’s West Side

    CHICAGO — Two people were wounded in a shooting Friday night on Chicago’s West Side. The two people were shot in the 1300 block of West Roosevelt. No word on their conditions, or the circumstances surrounding the shooting. This is a developing story.  Check back for details.

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    Checking in with a memorable mom: Cancer journey just part of life’s twists and turns

    Three years ago, WGN News brought you the story of a mother’s love for her special needs son and her passion for spreading that love to others just like him. Her name is Holly Simon. Since then, she has gone through many twists and turns, including a fight with breast cancer. She chronicled her experiences in a new book Also, the I Am Who I Am Foundation has grown tremendously since its start in 2009. They now donate baby blankets […]

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    Riders get stuck on opening night of Navy Pier’s new Ferris Wheel

    CHICAGO – Passengers on Navy Pier’s new Ferris Wheel were stuck Friday night for a short time after the attraction lost power. Navy Pier interim communications director Jon Kaplan said the Centennial Wheel experience some sort of “electric issue” and lost power at around 8 p.m. Passengers were stranded for about 20-30 minutes while crews worked to fix the issue. Power resumed around 8:40 p.m. No one was injured. Navy Pier refunded money to the passengers who were riding the […]

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    Warm Memorial Day weekend

    Updates at Chicago Weather Center

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    WGN Political Analyst Paul Lisnek on Trump, Budget Stalemate

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    Ranked: The top 10 concert capitals in America

    Every summer, many look forward to barbecues, beachside activities and concerts. From full-blown music festivals to intimate café gigs, there are boundless opportunities to listen to your favorite artists and take advantage of the busy touring season. But there are some cities where good music can be found year-round — cities that artists can’t get enough of. These concert meccas boast unparalleled music scenes and are the envy of the quiet suburbs. Using data from Songkick and, PrettyFamous, part […]

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    Metra train derails near Union Station in Chicago

    CHICAGO – A Metra train derailed during the afternoon commute Friday. The derailment occurred near Canal Street and Union Station in Chicago. Officials say the wheels of a lead car on a Metra train are off the tracks. No passengers were on the train. There were no injuries. Commuters saw extensive delays on several lines.

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    Parents protest closure of Lincoln Way North High School

    NEW LENOX, Ill. — Students and parents protested the closure of a suburban high school Thursday. The group gathered outside a Lincoln Way High School District 210 board meeting. The district is shutting down Lincoln Way North High School in the fall. This week, a federal grand jury began an investigation into the alleged mismanagement of millions of dollars in public taxpayer funds mostly under former superintendent Lawrence Wyllie who retired in 2013. He’s accused of using student activity funds for […]

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    The Chicago origin of the phrase ‘smoke filled room’

    Have you ever heard the phrase: “It happened in a smoke filled room?” It’s a reference to back room decisions typically involving big bosses who can make or break big moments – even people. Those influential players are known to wheel, deal, bargain and beg. This election season, WGN is taking a look back at the political phrase made famous right here in Chicago. The setting? June 11th, 1920. The Blackstone Hotel. There was a heat wave suffocating Chicago and […]


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