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.

Recent Articles
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    Search continues to suspect in suburban home invasion that injured teen

    INDIAN HEAD PARK, Ill. –Investigators hope they’ll be able to find the suspect who entered a home in suburban Indian Head Park and cut a teenage girl living there on the arm before fleeing. The suspect wore a mask while in the house. The teenager was upstairs, heard noise coming from the downstairs and went to investigate. That’s when she encountered the man, who took a kitchen knife and cut her before getting away. Police triggered robo-calls to residents. Residents […]

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    Racially insensitive piñata offends customers at River North bar

    CHICAGO — Some customers at a River North nightclub say they were embarrassed and offended after a racially insensitive piñata was paraded around the club by white customers Sunday evening. The piñata resembled a performer in blackface at the El Hefe Club on West Hubbard St. Stunned, couldn’t believe their eyes just a few words the next gentleman uses to describe his experience. Customer Matt Solida wa sat the bar with some friends who were African American. His group saw […]

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    State attorney general alleges fraud at student loan company

    CHICAGO  — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is suing the nation’s largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County seeks restitution and penalties. It names Navient Corporation and subsidiaries, including Sallie Mae Bank. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a separate lawsuit Wednesday, alleging Navient made it harder to repay loans by giving bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to address complaints. Madigan alleges […]

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    Chicago-area family rejoices at Oscar Lopez Rivera’s commutation

    President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of 74-year-old Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera. Lopez was sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in the struggle for independence for the U.S. island territory. Puerto Ricans have long called for Lopez’s release, a move that has been opposed by a national police organization, among others. Lopez belonged to the ultranationalist Armed Forces of National Liberation. The group has claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings at public and […]

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    Rauner recommends Vallas for Chicago State trustees chairman

    CHICAGO  — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas to be chairman of the Board of Trustees at struggling Chicago State University. Rauner on Tuesday called Vallas a “seasoned veteran” and said even though Illinois is amid a budget impasse he thinks Chicago State and Illinois’ public universities need more money. Chicago State’s trustees will choose their own chairman but Rauner recommends Vallas. Chicago State has seen financial troubles stemming from the lack of […]

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    Armed robbery at suburban Subway caught on camera

    PALOS PARK — It was about 8:20 a.m. Monday, soon after a Subway opened on 80th avenue at 119th street in Palos Park, when a suspect walked in wearing a black hoodie and what appears to be a surgical mask, pointed a gun at the female employee, and demanded access to the cash register before emptying it. Palos Park Police Officer Bob Kotsianis says they have a hunch the suspect has done this kind of thing before. “We have some […]

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    First responders learn how to handle mental health emergencies

    CHICAGO — Chicago police, fire and emergency management personnel will be receiving new state-of-the-art crisis response training through a partnership with area hospitals. The Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Simulator Lab is located at the Chicago Fire Academy, 1338 South Clinton, where all EMS training takes place. Weeks from now police, firefighters and paramedics will start coming there to receive training on how to better respond to mental health emergencies. Emergency responders will take an 8-hour course, including simulations of different […]

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    DOJ report on CPD expected today

    CHICAGO — The U.S. Justice Department has finished its sweeping review of the Chicago Police Department. The report said to be highly critical and is expected to be released by Attorney Genral Loretta Lynch Friday morning. The investigation was launched after the release of dash cam video showing the deadly CPD officer shooting of Laquan McDonald. The next stage after Friday’s release will be negotiations between the DOJ and the city. They will provide an early sign of how much […]

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    Lakefront golf course designed Tiger Woods moves forward; opponents worry about lack of public input

    CHICAGO — A lakefront golf course designed by Tiger Woods is moving forward. On Thursday, the Chicago Park District unanimously approved a $1.1 million contract to merge the South Shore and Jackson Park golf courses. According to Park District managers, Woods chose Chicago to introduce more inner city kids to the game. But the proposal already has its fair share of opponents Friends of the Parks believes the golf course plan is cloaked in secrecy and any public input would be nothing […]

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    1 dead, 4 wounded in shooting on Southwest Side

    CHICAGO– One man is dead and four others were wounded in a shooting on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The shootings occurred at 42nd and Talman in the Brighton Park neighborhood Wednesday evening. The wounded made it to a parking lot at Archer and Western. Paramedics reached them and took them to the hospital. Alderman Ray Lopez says a Toyota sedan was “ambushed” by a van full of gang members who used an assault rifle. It’s believed it was in retaliation for […]