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Courtney Gousman is a general assignment reporter appearing on WGN-TV's evening newscasts.

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    13-year-old killed, 3-year-old shot in latest round of gun violence

    A teenage boy is dead, a 3-year-old boy is in critical condition and ten others injured in shootings in Chicago since Friday afternoon. According to police, the boy was out with his mother and another man around 10:15 p.m. Friday on the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood. A group of people approached and  someone in the group opened fire, hitting the boy. Police say the area has an ongoing gang conflict but it’s not […]

  • Bulls’ Noah hosts basketball tournament to help at-risk youth

    On the basketball court, it’s black and white. “Basketball is all I know,” Joakim Noah said. “And I think that there’s something very positive about the game.” That is why the Chicago Bulls center decided to use his foundation to host the first-ever ONE CITY Basketball Tournament. The game brings young adults together on the court for a friendly game of South Side versus West Side. “It’s probably the most powerful thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Noah said. […]

  • Bulls Noah launches anti-violence campaign

    A Chicago Bull is using his star power to help steer the city’s youth away from gun violence. Joakim Noah, his mother and his Noah’s Arc Foundation launched a new anti-violence campaign with the tag line: “Chicago Stand Up.” As part of it, they unveiled a public service announcement, featuring Noah and fellow Chicago Bull Derrick Rose. The 60 second clip encourages people to really think about what they stand for. This afternoon, Noah showed the PSA to a group […]

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    Charges filed in shooting death of Gary police officer

    Jeffrey Westerfield was killed in the line of duty on his 47th birthday. Now the man accused of gunning down that Gary police officer is charged with murder. The Lake County Sheriff says Carl Blount, 25, was initially arrested on July 6, the day of the shooting, and held on several warrants while investigators worked to piece together their case. The clock stopped today when the Lake County Sheriff’s Department announced murder charges against Blount. “We miss our dad,” said […]


    Assistant coach at Simeon HS charged with sexual assault

    A disgraced CPS coach appeared in court today accused of sexual assault. Bond was set at $300,000 dollars for 42-year-old Gerald Gaddy, a volunteer assistant girls track coach at Simeon High School Gaddy, called “Coach Baby Face” by students is charged with three felonies—sexual abuse, sexual assault, and aggravated battery. During Gaddy’s bond hearing Wednesday, prosecutors spelled- out in graphic detail the many ways he took advantage of three young girls on Simeon’s track team. The girls range in age […]

  • $8K reward for information leading to Shamiya Adams killer

    Community activists offer an $8 thousand dollar reward for information leading to the person who killed an 11-year-old girl in East Garfield Park. Shamiya Adams was attending a friend’s sleepover near Gladys and Springfield Friday night. Family members said Shamiya was eating s’mores over a pretend campfire, when a stray bullet came through a side window hitting her in the head. Mayor Rahm Emanuel became emotional when talking about Shamiya’s death yesterday. He visited Adams’ family and neighbors to offer […]

  • Man charged with murder in beating death of Jacob Klepacz

    Bond is denied for a man charged with robbing and beating a man to death in Lincoln Park. Prosecutors say Marco Alvarado and another man punched Jacob Klepacz in April. Klepacz was beaten, robbed, and left to die. Authorities say Alvarado e stole Klepacz’s wallet and cell phone. Alvarado is charged with two counts of murder, plus two counts of robbery, all felonies. For the past three months, Klepacz family and friends  were searching for answers. Family and friends say […]

  • Chicago’s Ukrainian community remembers lives lost, condemns Russian government

    Chicago’s Ukrainian community is very upset over the Malaysia Airlines jetliner being shot down over their native land. They took a moment to remember those innocent lives lost in the skies over Ukraine, while also making a political statement. At 2 p.m. Saturday, about 100 people gathered near the Water Tower to say prayers for the 298 people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America led this vigil, which also condemned Russia’s government for […]

  • Passengers at O’Hare concerned over Malaysia flight news

    News of the Malaysia Airline plane crash has travelers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport concerned Thursday afternoon. Passengers are not reporting any significant security delays and no flights have been cancelled. A Chicago Dept of Aviation spokesperson confirmed Malaysia Airlines does not have a ticketing counter here nor does it fly out of O’Hare. Additionally, there are no direct flights from Chicago to Kuala Lumpur. Passengers traveling to and from Chicago and Amsterdam on KLM Airlines spoke to WGN’s Courtney Gousman […]

  • Prisoner who escaped in Elgin caught trying to catch a cab

    The man who escaped from the Elgin Mental Health Center Wednesday morning is back in custody. Jesse Vega escaped Wednesday morning in the area of Seneca and Dundee in Elgin. Authorities in Elgin say a citizen heard a commotion in her backyard this afternoon.  She observed Vega getting into a cab that happened to  be in the area. The citizen contacted police. The cab driver was also aware of the alerts on Vega and contacted his dispatch center. Officers arrived on the scene […]