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  • 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 […]

  • Man’s motorized wheelchair stolen outside South Side home

    A South Side man’s motorized wheelchair was stolen over the weekend leaving his family unsure of what to do next. 19-year-old Ondelee Perteet’s $20,000 dollar motorized wheelchair was stolen outside his family’s home. Perteet was shot five years ago and since then, the quadriplegic has helped raise awareness about violence in Chicago through public speaking.  He’s also a college student, but all of that is on hold now. He is now forced to use a manual chair.  That means, with […]

  • Counterfeit air bags: What you need to know

    Counterfeit items make their way into the U.S. every day, but a new item has law enforcement worried about your driving. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte has the exclusive story behind the bust of counterfeit air bags. For more information, go to Safercar.gov  

  • Conflict in Venezuela hits home for Chicago community

    While Ukraine demonstrations have captivated international headlines, closer to the U.S. four weeks of protests have gone virtually unnoticed in the South American country of Venezuela where politics reaching a boiling point. Some Chicago residents with family in Venezuela are watching the developments closely, as part of the country fights to oust the president and his socialist government. 23-year-old Venezuelan David Nunez is feeling the effects of whats happening back home.  The Colombia College student says his country’s government sent […]

  • 4 injured when SUV crashes into home in Oak Lawn

    Four people were taken to the hospital, after an SUV crashed into a home in the south suburbs. The SUV crashed into the home at 87th and New England Avenue, at the border of Burbank and Oak Lawn. Two people inside the home weren’t hurt. A woman and baby were inside the SUV. Both are in stable condition. Police say the SUV may have been involved in two other hit-and-run crashes in Burbank before it hit the house. The drivers […]

  • Free Sunday Parking: Good for drivers, Bad for business

    Just when you thought the parking meter issue was over, it heats up again. Some Chicago business owners are saying they would like the city to reverse its deal for free Sunday parking.  They think ever since the change, business has dropped anywhere from 10 to 20%. Jeff Lawler from Geja’s Restaurant says the meters should be used as a way to create turnover and that free Sundays is not making that possible.  The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce argues […]

  • Chicago carriage owners unite to protest ban

    Chicago’s horse and carriage owners are coming together to oppose a ban on the Chicago tradition. 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke introduced a ban on the carriage rides, saying it is cruel for the animals to be downtown.  He says downtown congestion is also an issue and he would like to ban the carriage rides once and for all. Carriage owners say they were never contacted about the proposal and are wondering why the issue is coming up now. In […]

  • Despite public perception, city of Gary ‘improving’

    Wednesday night’s shooting in Gary, Indiana which injured five people is adding to the perception problem that the old steel town may not be able to turn its neighborhoods around. The city’s Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says despite the crime issues Gary is improving.  Freeman-Wilson is marking two years as Gary’s Mayor and says in the last six months or so they’ve noticed signs of a turnaround. Among other things, an expansion and privatization of Gary’s Airport has been approved.  Freeman-Wilson […]


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