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


Recent Articles
  • Prosecutors charge racketeers who posed as police

    Cook County prosecutors charged five people in a racketeering scheme in which the suspects at times posed as police to rob drug cartel stash houses. This is only the second time since the law was passed in 2012 that Cook County prosecutors have used the RICO statue concerning an alleged criminal enterprise. Four men and one woman, who prosecutors identify as the P-K street gang, operated a sophisticated criminal ring. Authorities say the four men posed as police officers to […]

  • Protesters call for peace at Israeli consulate

  • Firefighters getting ‘fired up’ to help kids

    They are the everyday heroes in our lives and in about a week and a half, firefighters from across Illinois will square off in some friendly but serious challenges. The Fire Up a Cure foundation event will raise money for kids cancer clinical trials. The competition will once again be held at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. It will take place on Saturday July 26th. For more info, log on to Fireupacure.com

  • Lewis preparing path for mayoral candidacy

    Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis is taking the first step toward running for mayor. A new poll for the Sun-Times concluded that Lewis would defeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel by 9 percentage points if the election were today. Lewis now says she has already set up an unofficial exploratory committee; and she wants a representative in every Chicago neighborhood. The calculus of a Lewis candidacy could change dramatically if Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle runs for mayor; the same […]

  • Memorial held for officer killed in Gary

    Friends and family of a Gary police officer killed in the line of duty last week gathered Sunday for a memorial service. Officer Jeff Westerfield was gunned down in his squad car last Sunday. Today’s service was held at the Gary Convention Center to accommodate the large expected crowds that were expected. Officers from the surrounding areas and residents of Gay also came to pay respects. Westerfield answered the call for help countless times over his 19 year career. He […]

  • Taste of Chicago scheduled to reopen today

    The Taste of Chicago will reopen today after it closed for the first time since 1980 yesterday. The heavy rain has washed away the good times on Saturday. Bride-to-be Elizabeth Peterson was supposed to be the party girl today, and the Taste was to be the center of her delicious universe with a heaping of special T-shirts. She and her friends had come to the Taste for her bachelorette party. “I was very excited about trying all different kinds of […]

  • Double homicide prompts hospital lockdown

    Methodist Hospital in northwest Indiana was locked down early Friday morning after two people were found dead. Merrillville Police were notified of an assault inside the hospital around 12:30 am, Friday. Upon arrival, police found a woman who had been fatally stabbed. The woman has been identified as Margarine Haywood, 80, of Gary, Indiana. As police searched the area, they learned the address of a second possible crime scene outside of the hospital. They conducted a well-being check at a […]

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    City leaders, community members speak out after weekend violence

    Chicago’s police superintendent lashed out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw more than 60 people shot and nine killed in a city already known for frequent shootings. “There has to come a tipping point where this changes,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday of the violence. “The illogical nature of what’s happening here — that government can intercede and prevent this from happening is overwhelming. And […]

  • Emanuel: Weekend violence ‘senseless, meaningless’

    Chicago’s police superintendent lashed out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw more than 60 people shot and nine killed in a city already known for frequent shootings. “There has to come a tipping point where this changes,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday of the violence. “The illogical nature of what’s happening here — that government can intercede and prevent this from happening is overwhelming. And […]

  • 3 in custody in connection with Gary officer’s shooting death

    Police in Indiana have three people in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a Gary police officer.  Police describe one as a “person of interest.” 47-year-old Jeffery Westerfield, a 19 veteran of the force, was found dead in the driver seat of his patrol car at 26th Avenue and Van Buren Place Sunday morning. He was responding to a call of shots fired at that location After getting a tip from a Gary resident, officers from six different […]