Maggie Carlo

Maggie Carlo is a fill-in reporter for WGN-TV.

Recent Articles
  • Trial begins today in 2010 murder of Chicago police officer

    CHICAGO — The bench trial is underway for the man accused of murdering a Chicago police officer with his own weapon. Attorneys presented their opening statements just before noon at the Criminal Courts Building.  Also in the courtroom is a group of uniformed police officers showing their support for their fallen comrade, Officer Thor Soderberg. Bryant Brewer faces 20 counts, including first degree murder and resisting arrest. Prosecutors say Brewer got into a fight with Officer Soderberg outside an Englewood […]

  • Plastic bag ban effective Aug. 1, some stores offering reusable bags

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s ban on the plastic shopping bags used to carry groceries and other items takes effect August 1. The bags will be banned in larger retail stores like Jewel or Walmart, but will still be permitted in smaller mom and pop shops. Jewel plans on providing shoppers who don’t bring their own reusable bags with a more sturdy plastic bag that can be used up to 125 times. But opponents want to amend the ordinance, because they believe […]

  • Hundreds of CPS schools to get less money in coming school year

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public School principals are finding out today how much money they will have to run their schools over the coming year.  And in a conference call with reporters, CPS officials predicted even more cuts to come for the school district. More than 400 schools will be receiving less funding in the fiscal year that began on July 1. Charter and contract schools will receive an increase in funding, while district schools will receive fewer dollars than they […]

  • Fans fill Wrigleyville for Crosstown Classic

    CHICAGO — Let the trash talking begin! The Crosstown Classic is this weekend and the first game went to the Chicago White Sox with their 1-0 win over the Cubs. The rivals will also play Saturday and Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Sox have won 52 of the 98 games in the series. If the season ended today, the Cubs would be in the postseason with the second wild card spot in the National League. The Sox have now won […]

  • Donald Trump addresses City Club of Chicago

    CHICAGO — Presidential candidate Donald Trump is bringing his message to Chicago. He is speaking to an audience of about 300 people at the City Club for a sold out event. Outside, dozens of people protested peacefully to let him know they did not appreciate his comments on Mexican immigrants, and they want him to stop using hate speech as he makes his run for President. Earlier today, Trump met with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.  When Trump took questions he […]

  • Chicago’s gay community celebrates Supreme Court ruling on eve of Pride weekend

    CHICAGO — In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, meaning the 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. The ruling added to the excitement at Pride Month celebrations across the country. In Chicago, same-sex marriage supporters joined Mayor Emanuel for a champagne toast at the bar Sidetrack. It’s a decision that some there said they didn’t think […]

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    Family of woman killed in CTA bus crash file lawsuit

    CHICAGO — The family of Aimee Coath, the woman who died in last week’s CTA bus accident is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against both the agency and the driver, Donald Barnes. 51-year-old Coath, of Flossmoor, died after being struck by a bus that initially stopped at the red light on Michigan Avenue but then went through it, hitting several vehicles and another pedestrian June 2. The family is seeking more than $100,000 in damages. The family’s lawyer says he’ll […]

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    Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted

    CHICAGO — A federal grand jury has indicted Dennis Hastert, the former House Speaker from Illinois. A spokesman for the lobbying and law firm where Hastert worked in Washington, D.C., says the former House speaker has resigned. The website for Dickstein Shapiro LLC had Hastert’s biography as a “featured attorney” as late as Thursday afternoon, but Hastert’s contact details appeared to have been removed from the website hours later. Firm spokesman Jason Huntsman did not have further details. Hastert was […]

  • Feds investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Byrd-Bennett

    CHICAGO — Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. It involves a $20 million no-bid contract that was awarded to her former employer, SUPES Academy in Wilmette. The three-year contract was to train CPS principals who want to become superintendents. The CPS inspector general’s office started investigating it shortly after the contract was signed in 2013. The U.S.Attorney’s office launched its own investigation last year. Byrd-Bennett has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Her three year contract […]

  • CPD records show officers stop blacks more than whites, Hispanics

    CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Chicago police officers of racial profiling and an excessive use of its “stop and frisk” policy. The ACLU says the police made more than 250,000 stops that did not lead to an arrest last summer. That’s four times more than stops done in New York. The ACLU says police data shows blacks were stopped 72 percent of the time while whites were stopped nine percent of the time. Police officials say they prohibit racial […]


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