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Patrick Elwood is a per diem reporter for WGN-TV.

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  • Extra-alarm fire at Windy City Produce, under investigation

    CHICAGO, Ill. –An extra alarm fire broke out at 4 a.m. Monday on the city’s North Side at Windy City Produce located at 3340 N. Pulaski. Firefighters arrived at the scene near Milwaukee and Pulaski and found the produce store engulfed in flames. Crews were able to extinguish the blaze in about 30 minutes, but smoke continued to billow out of the building. Extra personnel were called to help fight the 2-11 fire, which was struck by around 5:30 a.m. […]

  • Churches to honor Cardinal George at Sunday Services

    CHICAGO — Catholic churches in the Chicago area will include a special prayer for Francis Cardinal George today, at the first Sunday services since his passing. Cardinal George died Friday morning after a long struggle with cancer. The Archdiocese of Chicago has been working through the weekend to prepare for his funeral. There will be three days of services, starting with a public visitation at Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday and Wednesday. His funeral on Thursday will be private. Cardinal […]

  • Hundreds protest over minimum wage in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of people marched through Chicago’s business district in support of an effort to raise the minimum raise to $15 an hour. The Fight for $15 demonstration was part of a nation-wide effort Wednesday to win higher pay and a union for fast-food and other low-wage workers. Organizers said demonstrations were planned for more than 230 U.S. cities. Chicago’s protest began early Wednesday with a rally outside a South Side McDonald’s restaurant. It moved in the afternoon […]

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    Woman, 59, killed in hit-and-run crash in Pilsen

    CHICAGO — Police are still looking for the driver responsible for a fatal, hit-and-run crash on the near West Side. 59-year-old Linda Forbes was driving under a viaduct at 16th and Morgan, when a Ford Mustang smashed into her at about 8:20 p.m. Monday. The car was speeding. Two men in the Ford ran off. Forbes lived just a few blocks away from the scene.    

  • Hundreds march in Zion for teen fatally shot by officer

    ZION, Ill. — The day began with a prayer near the location where 17-year-old Justus Howell was shot dead. He was shot twice in the back, and flowers mark the spot where he collapsed. From there they began their march to the Zion police department just several blocks away. As they marched their numbers grew to several hundred. According to Zion police, on the day he was killed Howell had agreed to meet with another man to buy a gun. […]

  • Police seek suspects in thefts on Green Line

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are issuing a warning after several cell phone thefts on the CTA Green Line. Two Green Line passengers had their phones stolen from them while on the train last Thursday, April 2 near the Lake and Pulaski stop. Police say both victims were seated near the doors and as the train approached the stop, the suspects grabbed the phones from their hands and fled out of the doors.  The first theft happened at 8:50 a.m. and […]

  • Archdiocese, Cupich to mark 150th anniversary of Civil War’s end

    CHICAGO — Thursday will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Catholic churches and schools across the state will mark the occasion. Archbishop Blase Cupich and the Chicago Archdiocese will celebrate at a place in Chicago that played a role for the both North and South. The Cardinal Meyer Center at 35th and Lake Park Ave is a building that once housed captured Confederate soldiers. Just across the street is the Stephen A. Douglas tomb […]

  • Fire guts family home on Chicago’s Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — A family of four is safe after a fire completely gutted their Northwest Side home Monday Authorities say the fire started in the basement of the home, located at 3229 N. Oriole Avenue. A young girl discovered the smoke and alerted her father. The father was able to get the girl and one of the family dogs out of the house. The mother and other children were not home at the time. The fire also damaged neighboring homes, and its […]

  • Charges dropped in Uber assault case

    CHICAGO — Charges have been dropped in the assault case against a former Uber driver in Chicago. Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges against Maxime Fohounhedo saying new evidence came to light. His wife told a Chicago Tribune reporter outside court that her husband had made a 9-minute recording of the alleged victim talking while driving her home that night in November. Fohounhedo was accused of assaulting a 22-year-old woman on November 16th in the 2600 block of West Lawrence. […]

  • Archbishop Cupich breaks from tradition, celebrates Easter in Tinley Park

    TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Easter arrived with sun-kissed splendor for the believers at St. Julie Brilliart Parish in Tinley Park. It was an even more special occasion for the parishioners, because leading the flock was Archbishop Blase Cupich. Unlike his predecessors, Cardinal Bernadine and Cardinal George, the leader of Chicago’s archdiocese chose to celebrate Easter mass away from Holy Name Cathedral. Also different this year was the absence of Cardinal George, who was released from the hospital just several days […]


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