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  • Toy Drive 2014

    Over 25,000 toys gathered at WGN Morning News’ 12th annual Drive-Thru Toy Drive

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    Parents of James Holmes speak out, say he ‘is not a monster’ and should be spared from death penalty

    DENVER — For the first time since their son killed 12 people inside an Aurora movie theater on July 20, 2012, the parents of James Holmes have spoken out. According to KDVR, Robert and Arlene Holmes wrote in a letter that their son “is not a monster. He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness” who should be spared from the death penalty. They wrote “we have spent every moment for more than two years thinking about […]

  • Midday Fix: Made in Chicago holiday market

    Kristen Davis Senior Marketing Manager for the Chicago Reader More info: Chicagoreader.com/madeinchicago

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    Gary porta potty company lights up potties to Christmas music

    Service Sanitation in Gary, Indiana provides porta-potties all around the greater Chicago area. They took a Christmas song from the group Straight No Chaser and combined 100 porta potties. They call it “Holiday Cans.”

  • Anchor provides voices for ‘Italian Bears,’ other anchors totally lose it

    After a story aired about Italian bears that made their way to Austria, WGN Morning News sports anchor Pat Tomasulo had the producers pull up a photo of two bears that he thought looked Italian. His voices of what the bears might be saying caused the anchors to burst out laughing. Robin Baumgarten even asked for a repeat performance! Watch the hilarity unfold in the player above.

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    911 dispatchers reward man who called over 4,000 times

    Police in Salt Lake City, Utah, tracked down a man who called 911 over 4,000 times in one week. But instead of punishing him, they gave him an early Christmas gift. Emergency dispatcher Kari Bueno told KSL-TV that the calls were made by 30-year-old David VanBibber, who has a mental disability. His family says he functions on the level of an 8-year-old. David was given an old disconnected cell phone to listen to music, but all cell phones can still […]

  • Baby has ‘worst disease you’ve never heard of’

    A family in California is meeting with medical experts Friday about their baby’s rare skin condition that makes her nearly untouchable. “This is the worst disease you’ve never heard of,” her mother, Kirsti Kinkle, told KCRA. “A clothing tag or rough fabric, or even me picking her up under her arm can cause blisters… There is no skin-to-skin contact.” Two-month-old Kiira has a rare genetic skin disorder. It causes her skin to blister or tear at the slightest touch. Her mother […]

  • RAW: Judy Baar Topinka offers to be flower girl for same-sex weddings

    Quinn calls lawmakers back to Springfield to consider special election for comptroller

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced he has called lawmakers back to Springfield on January 8th for a special session. Lawmakers will vote on whether to hold an election in 2016 to pick a new comptroller to serve out part of the term left vacant following the death of Judy Baar Topinka. “Judy Baar Topinka’s passing has not only left us heartbroken – the people of Illinois have been left without their elected representative in the Comptroller’s Office,” Quin said in […]

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    Bears coach Marc Trestman ‘felt it was the right time’ for Jay Cutler benching

    Bears fans won’t have a chance to boo Jay Cutler in this weekend’s home finale against the Detroit Lions. That’s because he’s being benched. Bears coach Marc Trestman addressed the decision Thursday, saying he met Wednesday with the team’s quarterbacks and then with general manager Phil Emery, and implying that it was his call. “For the present moment, I think this is in the best interest of our football team,” Trestman said. Trestman said he “felt it was the right […]

  • Photo credit: Sharon & Joe Fry in Carbondale, IL

    Show us your ‘Scared of Santa’ photos

    Some children are scared of Santa Claus, and some families are even smart enough to take photos of their little ones’ priceless reactions. If you’ve got a “Scared of Santa” photo, we want to see it. Upload your photo by clicking on the red button below and we’ll feature it in our photo gallery and maybe even on TV! Note: Photos will not appear in the gallery automatically as each one needs to be approved.

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