Marcella Raymand
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Marcella joined the WGN News team in October 1998 reporting and anchoring on the WGN Morning News for the next 12 years. Marcella has interviewed political powerhouses, like Mayor Richard Daley, and movie stars, like Morgan Freeman, but her most important interviews are with Chicago’s very own who have incredible stories to tell. Those are the stories that viewers remember, the stories they can relate to, the stories that move them. Some other notable reports for Marcella were covering the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Blizzard of 2011 where she reported stories of stranded motorists on Lake Shore Drive and the circus-like murder trial of Drew Peterson.

Prior to joining the WGN-TV news team, Marcella worked at WCFC-TV Chicago from 1989 to 1990, where she was nominated for an Emmy working as a reporter, producer and editor. From 1990 to 1992, she worked at WTVO in Rockford, Illinois as a weekend anchor, reporter and producer. In 1992, she moved to Dayton, Ohio and worked at WDTN-TV as a morning anchor and reporter until 1998. While in Dayton, Marcella spent her time working on the volunteer committee for the Ronald McDonald House.

Marcella was born in the Bronx, New York but moved to Downers Grove when she was 10-years-old. While she visits relatives in New York often, Marcella considers Chicago home. She grew up watching WGN-TV and is thrilled to be working in her “hometown.” Marcella graduated from Montini High School in Lombard in 1983 and attended Columbia College in Chicago, graduating with honors in 1988. In addition to Marcella’s work for WGN News, she taught a speech class at her alma mater, Columbia College from 1998 to 2001. In the Chicago area, Marcella is very active in several charities including breast cancer awareness, homelessness and senior citizen issues. She also actively volunteers at her high school alma mater.

Recent Articles
  • Green Line service resumes after derailment; No injuries reported

    CHICAGO — Service on the CTA Green Line has resumed after some cars derailed on a train earlier today. Service was temporarily suspended between Cottage Grove and Garfield around 3 p.m. About 80 passengers were safely led off the train by firefighters.  Rescue crews helped  children, seniors, and at least two people in wheelchairs off the train. Others were able to leave on their own. No injuries were reported and no one was taken to the hospital. The cause is under investigation. Shuttle […]

  • Group of nuns fighting to build winery, brewery, nursing home

    MARENGO, Ill. — The McHenry County board will vote on whether a group of religious nuns can move forward with major development plans on a large parcel of property they own in Marengo.  But it the plans are not without opposition.  More than 800 people signed a petition opposing the development plans. The Fraternite of Notre Dame, a religious monastery not affiliated with the Catholic Church, sits on 95 acres of land in northwest suburban Marengo.  Their mission is to […]

  • Blame game continues in state budget stalemate

    CHICAGO — Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno  says the budget stalemate could be easily resolved with Democratic engagement on reform issues, not another document. She spoke to reporters Wednesday after Senate President John Cullerton called on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to submit a new budget for the July 1 fiscal year after he rejected most of what legislative Democrats sent him. Cullerton says it’s time to press the “reset button.” But Radogno says Democrats haven’t been willing to negotiate. She […]

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    Cullerton tells Rauner to give lawmakers a budget

    CHICAGO–Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is throwing the ball back in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s court to do something to end the state’s budget impasse. In a Wednesday morning news conference,  Cullerton said Rauner needs to send them a spending plan or risk another downgrading of Iliinois’ bond rating, which is already among the lowest in the country. Rauner has said he will only approve a budget if it includes his pro-business proposals, but Cullerton echoed House Speaker Michael Madigan’s contention […]

  • CPD officers guarding military recruiting centers

    Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution.  He says there is no intelligence that points to an imminent attack.  They are just being cautious. Especially when most of these recruitment centers are in shopping malls with little or no security. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy being extra vigilant in protecting servicemen and women in the city. So during business hours, McCarthy has a police officer stationed outside military recruitment centers and installations […]

  • Cook County board approves sales tax increase

    CHICAGO — The Cook County board has approved the sales tax increase. The 1% increase lifts Chicago’s total sales tax to 10.25% and is now the highest in the nation. Board president Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed the increase. Preckwinkle says it would raise almost half a billion dollars a year in new revenue. Critics say a sales tax increase would drive shoppers to the collar counties, and cost Cook County businesses a lot of money.  

  • Watseka copes with flooding

    WATSEKA, Ill. — Heavy rains over the past few days have sent flood water raging over the community of Watseka. Dozens of people were forced from their homes after flood waters turned parks into lakes and ran into basements and submerged homes and businesses. The fire department is now using canoes to rescue residents. Authorities won’t be able to fully assess the damage until the water recedes. For now dozens of people are getting help from the Red Cross which […]

  • Police seeking cousin of teen found dead in Gary building

    GARY, Ind. –Gary police are searching for a relative of a teenage girl who was found dead in an abandoned building on Tuesday. 17-year-old Connita Richardson was last seen Sunday visiting her grandfather in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.  Her body was found two days later in an abandoned building in the old Emerson high school, a building that’s been abandoned since 2008.  She was strangled. Richardson reportedly left her grandfather’s with her cousin, who was recently released from jail.  Police […]

  • Toddler’s death now ruled ‘undetermined’ after new evidence found

    WAUKEGAN, Ill — Recently discovered evidence sheds new light on the case of a suburban day care worker convicted of murdering a child. The Lake County coroner has changed the manner of death of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan from “homicide” to “undetermined.”   The coroner uncovered x-rays he says clears Melissa Calusinski of any wrongdoing.   Her family is hoping this new evidence helps her get a new trial or gets her out of prison. In 2009, Calusinski was convicted of throwing […]

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    Judge rules Illinois can’t pay state workers in full without state budget

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has ruled Illinois may not continue to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse. Judge Diane Joan Larsen ruled Tuesday that Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger may pay only some workers who are covered under a federal law. Those workers would receive federal minimum wage plus overtime. But attorneys for Munger say it would take the state as long as a year to determine which employees would be paid under federal law […]


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