Patrick Elwood

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

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    Assaults on first responders on the rise

    CHICAGO — It comes with the job, you never know what the next call will bring, Chicago firefighter Kelly Begley says. She recalls how on one early morning in October 2014 in the 200 block of west Jackson, she and other CFD first responders were helping Brandon Pinder. He was in need of medical care when he turned on them and attacked. He lunged at the lieutenant, fell to the ground and then bit paramedic Begley in the leg. Both […]

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    Mom honored for raising awareness about daughter’s rare medical condition

    CHICAGO — A Beverly woman is being honored this weekend for bringing awareness to a rare medical condition her young daughter has called Apert syndrome. Ever since Mary Cate was born, Kerry Lynch has been on a mission to educate us and show her daughter at the same time that it’s OK to be a little different. The National Institute of Health defines Apert syndrome as a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones which affects the […]

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    16-year-old shot in face and killed in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for the two gunmen who shot a 16-year-old in the face. Police say two males walked up to the teen just after 8 a.m. Wednesday in the 5000 block of West Ferdinand in the Austin neighborhood. One pulled out a handgun and opened fire. The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital where he died.

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    CPS announces millions in budget cuts after teachers union rejects contract  

    CHICAGO — Chicago school officials say they’re ready to cut $100 million from school budgets and force teachers to pay more pension costs after the teachers’ union rejected the latest offer in contentious contract negotiations that have lasted over a year. Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool said Tuesday the union’s rejection was “disheartening” and cost-cutting efforts were necessary without a deal. He says bargaining continues. The district faces a $1 billion shortfall and recently laid off hundreds of central […]

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    Mayor Emanuel’s approval rating hits all-time low

    CHICAGO — A new Chicago Tribune poll suggests, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has hit an all-time low in popularity. According to the poll, only 27% of Chicagoans approve of the job he is doing.  41% believe he should resign.  55% would support legislation to allow a Chicago mayor to be recalled. 59% of those surveyed say Emanuel is not honest and trustworthy. 70% believe his administration is not transparent. Only 25% believe Emanuel is in touch with people like them. The […]

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    Chicago Teachers Union has received ‘serious offer’ from CPS

    CHICAGO– The Chicago Teachers Union may be moving away from a possible strike. The CTU says they have received a serious offer from Chicago Public Schools.  A committee of teachers and others will gather Monday to deliberate and vote. Any deal would have to be approved by the union’s House of Delegates before a contract could be finalized. The union isn’t releasing details about the offer but CTU President Karen Lewis released the following statement Thursday evening: “After a period of […]


    Protesters angry over state budget impasse block Dan Ryan Expressway

    CHICAGO — Northbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway were briefly closed Thursday morning by protesters. Pictures from social media show about two dozen protesters blocking the Dan Ryan at 95th Street about 10 a.m. Later they blocked a ramp at 87th Street. Police issued citations to about two dozens protesters. They’re angry over the state budget impasse and a lack of funding for Chicago State University. They say the blocked lanes are symbolic of state lawmakers “blocking” their education. Protesters […]

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    Grand jury indicts widow of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A grand jury has indicted the widow of former Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph “Joe” Gliniewicz on felony charges. Melodie Gliniewicz was in custody Wednesday afternoon after she turned herself in to authorities. She later left jail after posting a $50,000 bond. According to a statement by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted on three counts of disbursing charitable funds without authority and for personal benefit (Class 2 felonies), one count of disbursing […]

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    Senior citizen shot to death on South Side

    CHICAGO — A 76-year-old man was found shot to death in his home on Tuesday at in far south Riverdale. The man, who is identified as Claude Cannon, was found while officers conducted a routine well-being check was being conducted at his 132nd and Riverdale around noon. Authorities say he was shot multiple times – once in the chest and another in the buttocks. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The motive of the shooting is as yet unknown. One neighbor says […]

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    Gas prices keep on falling

    WARRENVILLE, Ill. — Price wars between Speedway and Shell gas stations in the western suburb of Warrenville are reflective of the bigger picture across Chicagoland. The prices are slightly higher throughout Chicagoland but in the big picture the price of a barrel of crude oil, which is used to produce gas, has been on the slide since 2014. Saudi Arabia has been posing the market with supply and now that sanctions have been lifted on Iran even more oil and gas […]


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