Patrick Elwood

Patrick Elwood is a general assignment reporter for WGN News. He joined WGN-TV in 2013.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Patrick has worked for major TV and radio stations in Houston, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee before returning to his hometown of Chicago.

Some of his career highlights include the coverage of the White Sox World Series, two Blackhawks Championships, the Bears Super Bowl and the Oklahoma City Bombing, for which he earned a Peabody Award.

Patrick earned his degree at the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Chicago with his wife Katie, where they have raised four children.

His credits his biggest accomplishment as the work he’s done with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, in which he, along with thousands of Chicago school kids, has raised over $12 million for pediatric cancer research.

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    ITT nursing graduates hold ceremony, despite school`s closure

    ORLAND PARK, Ill. —  Nursing graduates from the recently closed ITT Orland Park campus, Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences held their own graduation ceremony Thursday night. They were joined by former instructors and staff and hosted their own pinning ceremony. Earlier this month, the for-profit school announced amid ongoing intense federal scrutiny under   it was suddenly closing every location nationwide after being in business for 50 years. Their stories of determination and hard work were celebrated. WGN’s Patrick […]

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    Regency Beauty Institute suddenly closes all 79 campuses

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio– The Regency Beauty Institute announced it is closing all 79 campuses on Wednesday, in a statement on its website. The cosmetology school, which has operated for more than 50 years, posted the following statement online: “How did this happen? In short, the organization does not have the cash to continue to run the business. There are multiple intertwined reasons: declining numbers of cosmetology students nationwide, a negative characterization of for-profit education by regulators and politicians that continues to […]

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    Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date if deal not reached

    CHICAGO —  The Chicago Teachers Union has set an Oct. 11 strike date if the union fails to reach a contract agreement by then with Chicago Public Schools. Saying it’s time to move contract talks along, union president Karen Lewis said teachers will “withhold our labor” if an agreement isn’t reached by the strike date. She wouldn’t say if the two sides are close to an agreement. The union’s approximately 25,000 members walked out in 2012 for 10 days and staged […]

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    Controversy brews over transgender student’s locker room privileges

    ELGIN, Ill. — Contentious debate erupted at a suburban school board meeting over a policy that allows a transgender middle school student choose which locker room to use based on that student’s gender identity. School District CEO Tony Sanders has made the decision unilaterally, and said school board approval wasn’t required. Parents on both sides of the issue spoke up during Monday’s meeting. The school board member who complained about the new transgender policy, says the board was blindsided by […]

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    Mother fatally shot in front of 2 young children in Joliet

    JOLIET, Ill. — A mother was shot and killed in front of her two young children in Joliet. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday near Washington and Richard Street. A woman was in a car with her 22-year-old brother and her two children when someone opened fire. When officers arrived to the scene, the woman was discovered outside of a vehicle unresponsive and bleeding from the head. She was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet where she was pronounced […]

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    Man shot during protests dies; Unrest continues in Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Relatives of Keith Lamont Scott, after watching two police videos, said they couldn’t say what was in his hands when he was shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer. “It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands,” attorney Justin Bamberg said. The family wants police to immediately release the videos to the public, Bamberg said. But Charlotte-Mecklenberg police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters earlier Thursday […]

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    Police shooting sparks violent protests in Charlotte; officials not releasing video

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man, the city’s police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting “to the masses.” Asked whether there was a time at which the public could expect to see it, Chief Kerr Putney said there should be no such expectation. “Transparency’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “If you […]

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    Chicago popsicle vendor in viral photo gets GoFundMe money

    CHICAGO — On Wednesday, a popsicle salesman in Little Village received the money that was raised for him by strangers. Fidencio Sanchez was presented with a huge check at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at 25th and Pulaski. The money was donated by more than 17,000 on GoFundMe, and the the total amount on the check $384,290. The two men who started the GoFundMe campaign were there to give him the check. They don’t know Sanchez, but they were moved after a photograph of him went viral on […]

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    Chicago unveils new way to get rid of rats: Dry ice

    CHICAGO — There’s a new way to fight rat populations in Chicago — and it doesn’t require any poison. The city is using dry ice to kill rats. At the end of August, sanitation crews started putting dry ice into rat burrows and sealing up the holes with dirt and newspaper. As the dry ice warms into a gas, it suffocates the trapped rats and leaves them to decompose in the holes. USA Today reports dry ice is cheaper, more effective and […]

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    Malcolm Jenkins leads several Eagles in protest before Bears game

    CHICAGO  — Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and several teammates raised their right fists during the national anthem in a protest prior to their game against the Chicago Bears. Jenkins said Saturday he would lead teammates in a demonstration against social injustice. Cornerback Ron Brooks and defensive end Steven Means joined him. It was not clear if another Eagles player joined in. Malcolm Jenkins and other Eagles players followed through on their protest plans by holding up a fist during […]