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Jackie Bange

Jackie Bange is an award-winning journalist, reporter and weekend anchor for WGN News at Nine. Jackie joined the WGN-TV News team in August 1993 as a reporter and anchored WGN Morning News from January 1995 to October 1995.

Aside from providing in-depth coverage of local stories, Jackie has reported from exotic international locales, including Africa and Paris, France. After Hurricane Katrina, Jackie also brought Chicagoland “Into the Darkness,” a story profiling two local pilots and their crew who were the first to arrive in New Orleans and help rescue hundreds of stranded residents. Utilizing night-vision goggles, Jackie recreated the rescue for viewers, and “Into the Darkness” won the Illinois Associated Press award: Best Hard News Feature.

Other awards Jackie has won include a Best Feature Reporting Emmy in 1999 for her series on attaining the world record for the largest skydive formation. She also won the Peter Lisagor award in 2009 for Hard News and In-Depth Reporting by helping a widow “get justice” for her husband who was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

Prior to her arrival at WGN-TV, Jackie was a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Jackie also served as a reporter and noon anchor for WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Jackie received her post-baccalaureate degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida where she graduated with distinction. Jackie’s undergraduate degree was from Florida State University in Management Information Systems. Jackie is actively involved in several charitable organizations including helping on the annual MDA telethon and emceeing such fundraising events to fight breast cancer and cystic fibrosis. She serves on the board of Michael Matters, an organization created to help those fighting brain cancer. Jackie is involved in the fundraising efforts for A Safe Place, domestic violence prevention organization in Lake County. She is married with three children. In her free time, Jackie enjoys skydiving and athletic training. She has completed seven Triathlons and the Olympic length of the 2009 Chicago Triathlon.

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    Rauner activates National Guard in flood-ravaged southern Illinois counties

    Governor Bruce Rauner activated the Illinois National Guard to help with flood recovery efforts in southern Illinois. Hundreds of people in Alexander County—at the southern-most tip of the state—evacuated after water went over the top of a levee. A second levee could overflow as well. The flooding in Illinois and Missouri was triggered by ten inches of rain that fell over three days. In all, the governor toured six counties affected. Rauner said he’ll visit more of the flooded areas […]

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    Fantasy Flight brings pediatric patients to North Pole

    CHICAGO – It’s a trip of a lifetime for some lucky families: they had a chance to fly to the North Pole. They met at O’Hare for a Christmas flight for some kids who deserve some holiday spirit. This is the 22nd year United Airlines has hosted the Fantasy Flight.

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    Suburban photo exhibit honors ‘Those Who Serve’

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — An award winning photo exhibit opened Friday night in Waukegan from an artist with a unique perspective on a timely subject. Photojournalist Ryan Spencer Reed is presenting his work on the anniversary of 9-11. Reed’s curiosity led him to the 506th Infantry of the 101st Airborne, known as the modern-day Band of Brothers. His cousin was a Commander. For two and a half years, Reed was given unique access to the soldiers from training to deployment in Afghanistan. WGN’s […]

  • Botanic Garden corpse flower ‘Spike’ gets assist to open

    GLENCOE, Ill. — All the stink about the corpse flower has come to an end. Hundreds of people flocked to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Ill., Sunday morning to witness horticultural helping hands. The rare titan arum couldn’t bloom by itself, so some experts came to the rescue.

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    Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago

    CHICAGO  — A 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago. Police say 7-year-old Amari Brown was shot after someone opened fire just before midnight Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was pronounced dead early Sunday at Stroger Hospital. Relatives say the boy had been celebrating with family when he was shot. “I don’t know how me and my family are going to […]

  • Recap of Election Day: Photos, videos, tweets and more

    CHICAGO — Incumbent Rahm Emanuel was reelected in the city’s first runoff election for mayor Tuesday. Emanuel defeated Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to win a second term as mayor. Emanuel failed to win a majority in a five-candidate February election, forcing the mayoral runoff. Garcia criticized Emanuel for not listening to neighborhood residents. He relied on his community contacts and a strong field operation that included the Chicago Teachers Union and progressive groups. Emanuel campaigned hard, trying to […]

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    Election Day in Chicago: Speeches, photos, social media reaction

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia in a runoff in April. Alderman Bob Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson and perennial candidate William “Dock” Walls all conceded Tuesday night. Check out speeches from the candidates and highlights from Election Day below:

  • Google may make a high-tech deodorant

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google has taken out on a patent on what you might call a digital deodorant. The device could theoretically determine if you’re giving off an odor, or exerting yourself, then send out a pleasant fragrance to cover up your own. It’s described as a portable fan that attaches to your collar or waist. It could even keep you away from friends when you’re smelling bad by linking to your social network and finding out if any […]

  • Oberweis looks to win U.S. Senate seat

    68-year-old Jim Oberweis is a state senator, a millionaire businessman and grandfather to 19. He’d like his next title to be U.S. Senator. He’s well aware it`s a tough battle against his opponent, Democratic incumbent Dick Durbin. His fastidious nature is one trait that drives him to become a highly successful businessman in the dairy industry and the financial trade. That business acuity, says Oberweis, is his strongest asset. “What this campaign is about is how to get the economy […]

  • WWII vet awarded with 9 medals

    It’s taken more than 70 years but a World War II veteran from Vernon Hills is finally getting his medals – all nine of them. With family and friends in attendance, 90-year-old Daniel Basil enjoyed a ceremony Sunday that was decades in the making. In 1943, the U.S. Army Private 1st Class was a member of what was known as The Big Red One, part of the first Infantry Division, Company H. He specialized as a heavy machine gunner. And […]


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