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  • Sharing the road with semis: What authorities are doing to keep all drivers safe

    With so many people out on the roads this summer, state police are paying special attention to even the smallest of violations. They’re also keeping a close eye on semi-trucks. Recently, deadly accidents on the nation’s interstates have put the focus on what can be done to keep those accidents from happening again. One of the other reasons why state police are being so watchful of semis is something simple: the conditions of our roads.  Overweight semis contribute to road […]

  • Boating safety concerns prompt lawmakers to take action

    As the summer heats up, so does boating season. And in Illinois, lawmakers are taking extra steps to keep boaters and passengers safe. Just last year, 16 people were killed in Illinois in boating accidents. A new law this year says after three boating DUI’s, drivers could have their boats taken away. Last weekend, Gov Quinn signed a law requiring anyone born after 1997 to take a boating safety course before operating a boat with an engine larger than 10 […]

  • Is the real estate housing market rebounding?

    Is the real estate housing market rebounding?

    Could the real estate housing market be turning around?  That’s what millions of Americans are hoping will happen as the spring and summer selling season kicks off. Some in the real estate market predict that this will be the turnaround year. The Chicago Realtors Association broke down the numbers for WGN.  President Matt Farrell says they are already noticing an upswing in prices with about a 25% increase in the median price since last year.  Also, condo sales which stalled […]

  • Eye exams online, can it work?

    Eye exams online, can it work?

    These days just about everything can be done online.  A Chicago tech start-up is adding a new concept to the list and it’s linked to your health. Eye exams online, can it work?  Dr. Steven Lee came up with a concept that would allow you to have an online eye exam to generate a prescription for eyeglasses.  He partnered with Aaron Dallek to create Opternative.   The project is expected to launch in late summer. The online eye exam would take […]

  • Winter Farming: How the cold can help crops

    Winter Farming in Illinois: How the cold can help crops

    Trying to grow anything in the ground this time of year in Illinois seems like mission impossible- especially this winter. Not only are some Illinois farmers harvesting winter crops, as WGN’s Lourdes Duarte reports, one Illinois farm couple is hoping what plays near Peoria, will catch on all over the Midwest. “See all the lettuce, it’s pretty huh?”  Lyndon and Kimberli Hartz are newlyweds who farm      ten-and-a-half acres in Wyoming, Illinois, about a 40 minute drive Northwest of Peoria. You […]

  • First Job Detours: How new grads cope with debt, internships, moving home

    For the past five years or more, landing that first job has been complicated by the economy, mountains of student load debt, unpaid internships, older workers not retiring, and kids moving back home. WGN-TV’s Lourdes Duarte reports on the first job detours many 20-somethings and their families are taking, and how they’re adapting. “It’s not hard, you’ll understand it,” an instructor at Harper College tells 24 year old Andrew Castro.  Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012, and was eager […]

  • Chicago high school creates one-of-a-kind audio yearbook

    Curie High School’s Audio Yearbook

    It’s deadline time for school yearbooks, snapping those last few candid photos and sending them off to the printer. At Curie High School on Chicago’s Southwest side, teachers and students create two yearbooks. And as our Lourdes Duarte reports, one is traditional, the other, one-of-a-kind. “It’s really a time capsule, says Curie English teacher and audio yearbook club adviser Sam Geraci. “That’s really the purpose of a yearbook.” Mr. Geraci calls high school yearbooks “lifelong treasures.” He remembers the day […]

  • One on one with the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency

    In the last couple of years Chicago has made headlines with an uptick in its murder rate.  A lot has been said about how to tackle the issue. Jack Riley, the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency sat down with WGN to talk about how the cartels are being dismantled.  The DEA was the agency partly responsible for the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.  He is the notorious drug dealer who had been wanted for years. Riley’s strategy is […]

  • Climate change and crops: Food insecurity a growing concern

    A new national report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights the effects of climate change on food insecurity. Former Secretary of Agriculture Daniel Glickman leads the report and wants Washington to pay attention.  He says the recent report on climate change did not address how that would impact food insecurity in the United States and the developing world. Glickman says, “The big thing that worries me is the rate of production of agriculture commodities has flattened and climate […]

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    Pension Problems: State worker’s payout 7 times larger than expected

    As if the state’s pension debt isn’t enough there are now more problems.  This time it has to do with the pension payouts.  An error causes a former state employee to collect a pension nearly 7 times what was supposed to be paid out. Bill Zettler wrote “Illinois Pension Scam”, a 300 page book on the state’s pension issue.  He’s also the Director of Research for the Family Taxpayers Foundation.  For a decade he’s poured over the benefits of thousands […]