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  • Israeli diplomat says he was thrown out of Chicago Uber for speaking Hebrew

    CHICAGO  — An Israeli diplomat says an Uber driver in Chicago yelled and threw him out of the car when he answered a phone call in Hebrew. Itay Milner says it was one of the worst experiences of his life. It started Thursday night when he was the leaving consulate general’s office at the end of the work day and got into an Uber. The Uber wound its way through The Loop and onto Lower Wacker Drive. A few minutes […]

  • Jason Van Dyke back in court Friday

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was back in court Friday. A judge ruled that part of the hearing Friday and next week will be closed to all of the media. The judge says that is to protect the safety of witnesses. Van Dyke’s defense team is expected to call witnesses who will testify about Laquan McDonald’s past. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for shooting and killing McDonald in 2014. Van Dyke’s next court appearance is […]

  • Stolen equipment recovered by Chicago police available to reclaim

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have recovered lots of stolen construction equipment and tools, and it is all available to reclaim. The industrial grade equipment is on display at the 5th District Station on 727 E. 111th St. starting today until Saturday. The display reopens on Monday through the 10th. You must bring documentation of the burglary, including the case report number and ID in order to claim your belongings. Pickup times listed below: Thursday, May 3, 2018 – 7:00am to […]

  • $35M grant to help connect Chicago patients to researchers

    CHICAGO — Some of Chicago’s top hospitals are teaming up to bring the best care to patients more quickly. Sara Serritella is the director of communications at the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine. She stopped by WGN News at 5.

  • Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing 5

    PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. — An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed Wednesday onto a busy highway after taking off from a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said. Black smoke rose into the sky from a section of the plane that appeared to have crashed into a median on the road outside Savannah, Georgia. Firefighters later put out the blaze. Capt. Jeff Bezore, a spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th […]

  • Deadline for unpaid Cook County property taxes is Friday

    CHICAGO — Elected officials and faith leaders are working to warn thousands of property owners about Friday’s deadline for the annual Cook County Tax Sale. The owners of about 37,600 parcels have delinquent taxes, making them vulnerable to having their land and buildings sold out from under them. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas was joined at the news conference Monday by several Chicago aldermen and members of the clergy who are reaching out to members of their communities who are at […]

  • 5 injured in Albany Park crash after police chase

    CHICAGO — What started as a call to Chicago police ended with a serious crash on the Northwest Side. Police said officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun Friday afternoon Officers found a man matching the description. When they tried to pull him over, police said, he drove off on Kimball Avenue. The car then slammed into a semi truck, causing a chain-reaction crash at Lawrence and Kimball avenues. Five people were taken to the hospital, […]

  • Head of Illinois VA to resign amid Legionnaire’s crisis at Quincy home

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Erica Jeffries has resigned. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office confirmed the resignation: “Director Jeffries has indicated to the Governor that she is accepting an offer in the private sector. We thank her for her tremendous service to the State of Illinois and will be vetting appropriate successors in the coming weeks.” Her department oversees a veterans home in Quincy, that has had major problems with Legionnaire’s Disease. Thirteen residents […]

  • WGN anchor Robin Baumgarten’s daughter Mary forecasts the weather

    It’s a Friday FAMILY Forecaster with Robin’s 13-year-old daughter Mary!

  • Lawyer charged with impersonating judge found dead days from trial

    CHICAGO — A lawyer who was just days from going on trial on charges she impersonated a Cook County judge has been found dead at her south suburban home. Rhonda Crawford had pleaded not guilty last year to presiding as a judge in traffic cases in a suburban courtroom in 2016. She was free on bond. Crawford was scheduled to go on trial Monday on one count of official misconduct, a felony and one count of false impersonation, a misdemeanor. […]