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  • WGN EXCLUSIVE: Victim of Facebook Live shooting speaks out

    CHICAGO – The victim of a shooting recorded on live on Facebook talked to WGN about the shooting and what led up to it. Chicago police say 29-year-old LaBritney Austin turned herself in on Jan. 3. She’s charged with felony aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, and being held without bond. The shooting happened Jan. 2 just before 3 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 6400 block of South Calumet Avenue in Parkway Gardens. Kearra […]

  • Christmas tree sparks fire on Far South Side

      CHICAGO – Two people were injured in fire on the Far South Side early Tuesday morning. The fire started around 12:45 a.m. in a home near in the 600 block of W. 117th St. in West Pullman. Residents told firefighters it was sparked by a Christmas tree. A man and a woman jumped out a second-floor window to escape. The woman injured her hand. The man injured his ankle.

  • 12 charges in connection with shooting in Chicago hotel; No one injured

    CHICAGO – 12 people, including two teenage boys, are now charged in connection with a shooting at a hotel just off the Mag Mile. Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday,  a gun went off inside a room at the Homewood Suites on East Grand Avenue in downtown Chicago. No one was shot but police recovered three handguns and rounded up everyone in the room. A 24-year-old who rented the room to hold a party is charged with reckless conduct. The eleven others […]

  • Today is busiest for holiday travel at Chicago airports

    CHICAGO — Friday is set to be the busiest day for holiday travel at Chicago’s airports. The city says more than 225,000 people plan to pass through O’Hare on Friday. 70,000 more passengers are expected at Midway. In total, 51 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines from now until January 4th. That’s according to AAA. It’s another record high. Chicago will likely set its own record, with more than 5.2 million passengers during that time. More than […]

  • Canadian billionaire and wife found dead in their home

    TORONTO  — Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday, and police said they were investigating the deaths as suspicious. Const. David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies found at the home of Apotex founder Bernard “Barry” Sherman and his wife Honey. But Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins said the couple had been discovered dead. Hopkinson said it was early in the police investigation and authorities “are inside investigating and taking […]

  • Chicago police share safe Halloween tips in funny video

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department had some fun sharing tips for a safe Halloween. The department posted the video to Facebook and said it will share another video next week. Tips include wearing makeup instead of masks to make it easier to see, using reflective tape or glow sticks and going out in a group or with an adult. Watch the video in the player above

  • Local pastor calls on Emanuel to change names of 2 Chicago parks

    CHICAGO – A local pastor and activist is calling on Mayor Emanuel to change the names of two Chicago parks, saying it’s time to stop honoring slave owners. Bishop James Dukes sent a letter to Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District on Monday asking the City of Chicago to rename Washington and Jackson Parks which commemorate former presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson, key historical figures and known slave owners. “When my children and grandchildren walk through these parks […]

  • 2 killed overnight at Chicago beaches due to dangerous conditions

    CHICAGO — Deadly rip currents are keeping many swimmers away from Chicago area beaches. Two men died in the lakefront overnight—and now dive teams from the fire department are warning swimmers to stay away. The lakefront is one of the highlights of Chicago. But it’s off limits to swimmers Saturday, due to rip currents. Swim bans are now in place at 15 city beaches and swim advisories are at another seven beaches.  Waves topping upwards of six feet can be […]

  • Man charged with assaulting several women on CTA

    CHICAGO – A man is in custody charged with assaulting women at or near CTA stops. Chicago police say David Buckner, 23, is charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery in a public place. He’s accused of hugging and grabbing several women. According to the Chicago Tribune, prosecutors said Buckner told officers he had “probably” touched about 75 women on the CTA . Prosecutors also said he “kissed and licked” one woman’s face before fleeing. He’s being held on […]

  • Chicago Pride Parade today

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s 48th annual Pride Parade starts at noon on Sunday. The 4-mile route starts in Uptown at Montrose and Broadway then winds its way south to Diversey and Sheridan in Lincoln Park. Organizers expect as many as one million people to attend the parade. This year’s theme is “Viva la Vida and Stand Up, Stand Proud.” There are 150 entries. You can not bring alcohol along the parade route. Organizers say they’re joining police to help step up […]