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


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    Police: Suspect in custody in Orange Line robberies

    Chicago police say they have one suspect in custody in connection with the armed robberies on the Orange Line last week. Two suspects reportedly robbed several CTA passengers at gunpoint Wednesday July 16th around 4 p.m. Police say the robberies occurred on the Orange Line train as the train was between the Halsted and Roosevelt stop. The suspects reportedly boarded the train car and announced an armed robbery, police said. The suspect was arrested in northwest Indiana. No charges have […]

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    Arlington Heights mother drowns after rescuing three boys

    An Arlington Heights woman has drowned while saving three boys in a lake in far northern Wisconsin, authorities said. Karen Wessel, 47, died Tuesday in a swimming accident in Star Lake in Plum Lake, Wis., near the border with Michigan, according to a release from the Vilas County Sheriff’s office. That day, Wessel was with her sister and another woman, as well as four children, when they went into the water for a swim. Authorities said that, according to accounts […]

  • 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 […]