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    Person of interest questioned in fatal apartment fire that killed 3 young sisters, man

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are questioning a person of interest as they investigate a deadly fire on the city’s South Side. Four people, including three young sisters, died in the blaze at an apartment building near 81st and Essex in the South Chicago neighborhood. Fire investigators suspect arson. The Chicago Fire Department says it’s getting help from federal agencies, and the ATF will utilize a specially trained dog that can detect accelerants. One resident says a man who lived down the street […]

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    Violent crime spikes on Chicago’s North Side: report

    CHICAGO — From the city’s Loop to the Edgewater neighborhood, crime is on a sharp upswing on Chicago’s North Side. According to CWB Chicago, violent crime this year is up 61 percent in the Loop, 42 percent in Lincoln Park and 44 precent in Edgewater. Several factors are being blamed. Mayor Emanuel is diverting more police patrols to South and West Side neighborhoods. Officers are reportedly more hesitant to confront people engaging in criminal activity, for fear of having their arrests posted […]

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    Man explains his ‘awkward photo’ featured during WGN Morning News segment

    A man from Algonquin, Illinois wanted a chance to “explain” an “awkward photo” of himself that was featured on WGN Morning News during our “Awkward Family Photos” segment. Marty recently wrote the Morning Show to tell us: “If you are going to put up something on the news, you should at least give the person the right to explain or show what he looks like now. haha That’s me as a freshman in high school.” Well, today Marty had the chance […]

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    2 sexual assaults reported at U of I

    URBANA, Ill. —  The University of Illinois and Champaign police are investigating two reported sexual assault incidents at U of I in Urbana-Champaign. The university is investigating a report that a student was attacked in an on-campus apartment last Wednesday. The other case involves a reported sexual assault at a fraternity house last Friday. That case is under investigation by Champaign police. A third sexual assault incident reported back in mid-July is still unsolved.

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    Indoor axe throwing coming to Chicago’s West Loop

    CHICAGO — Indoor axe-throwing is coming to Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. A Canadian company called Bad Axe Throwing is opening its first location in the U.S. at 165 N. Loomis Street – about a mile from the United Center. A free open house is scheduled for September 9–12, bookings will start September 12. For $45.25 plus tax, customers will get a one-on-one lesson on how to throw an axe at a wooden target, as well as a tutorial on how […]

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    WGN Morning crew reveal what they love about Ana in honor of her birthday

    It’s Ana Belaval’s birthday! In honor of such a special day, the WGN Morning News crew are telling the world why they love Ana. Watch the video in the player above

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    Couple left infants in car while gambling at casino in East Chicago, police say

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — A couple faces charges of leaving their young children in a car while they went inside a casino in northwest Indiana to gamble. It happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago. Police say a 3-month-old baby and 1-year-old were found in distress and left alone inside a vehicle outside the casino. The 30-year-old mother and 30-year-old father were later arrested and now face charges of child endangerment. Police say the mother […]

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    Retired Chicago Bear Charles Tillman jumps out of plane at Air and Water Show

    CHICAGO — Retired Chicago Bear Charles “Peanut” Tillman jumped from a plane at more than 12,000-feet with the Army Golden Knights parachute team on Sunday. Tillman’s father is a retired Army sergeant. It’s the latest post-football adventure for Tillman. Besides throwing out the first pitch at Cubs and White Sox games this summer, he also made a cameo in the latest Sharknado movie. The Chicago Bears posted the video of Tillman’s jump to their Facebook page, saying: ” What’s one of […]

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    11 hospitalized after chemical spill in Sugar Grove

    SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — Eleven people are being treated in area hospitals after a Hazmat situation in Sugar Grove. Authorities say there was a chlorine gas leak at Producers Chemical Company at 1960 Bucktail Lane. Two chemicals mixed causing a reaction. Police say the facility will be closed the rest of the day while a Hazmat team does testing to make sure the building is safe for employees to return to work. All of the victims are being treated for […]

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    Chicago Summerdance’s tribute to Prince

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Summerdance series paid tribute to Prince on Saturday night. Dancers showed their love for the legendary artist in Chicago’s Grant Park while wearing plenty of purple as they grooved to the rhythm of his music. Watch video from the event in the player above