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

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  • Father, daughter killed in crash near Lindenhurst

    LINDENHURST, Ill. — A serious crash killed two people and injured three others in north suburban Lindenhurst, Ill. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Route 45. Christopher Winiewicz, 50, and his daughter, Haylie, 15, were pronounced dead at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Lindenhurst police say the preliminary investigation indicates the Winiewicz and his daughter were driving south on 45 in a Kia and had  attempted to […]

  • WGN Exclusive: Signs of neglect remain at Burr Oak Cemetery

    ALSIP, Ill. — At her gravesite in Burr Oak Cemetery, Barbara and her son Adam say  their hearts are being broken all over again: Monica’s grave is in disrepair. The ground has collapsed and Monica’s headstone has nearly disappeared from sight. Given the recent history of Burr Oak, they feel like they’ve been victimized again. In 2009 the FBI and Cook County Sheriff’s Department investigation revealed 1,500 bones of at least 29 people were sprawled across the grounds in a story […]

  • Photo by Camden Krenz in Chenoa

    Severe weather erupts across Chicagoland

    Severe weather in Illinois has erupted this afternoon causing tornado warnings and watches throughout the area. All watches and warnings have expired but not before winds and rains caused damage and flooding. At 5 p.m. law enforcement officials confirm a tornado touched down in Livingston County.  The National Weather Service says trained spotters confirmed a tornado near Chenoa and Pontiac. @TheGoods24 I literally just left chenoa this is my view from the south — Logan Kessinger (@air_logie223) August 18, […]

  • Michael Jordan takes stand at civil trial

    CHICAGO — Michael Jordan testified in his civil trial against the former grocery store chain Dominick’s on Tuesday. Jordan was on the stand for about 30 minutes. He insisted he never gave Dominick’s permission to use his name as part of a coupon offer, and didn’t view the ad as consistent with his image. He also emphasized he is very protective of his branding, and never agrees to any deals without consulting with his financial team and his mother.

  • Michael Jordan yet to testify in lawsuit against Dominick’s

    CHICAGO — Michael Jordan’s business manager says the former basketball star’s image has been meticulously protected so young people will know of his achievements. Curtis Polk testified Monday in federal court in Chicago in the former Chicago Bulls star’s lawsuit seeking damages from a now-defunct grocery store chain that used his image without permission. Polk says marketing deals can have promotional value for Jordan beyond cash compensation. But defense attorney Steve Rosenfeld disputed the value of Jordan’s recent deals, focusing […]

  • Parachutist undergoes surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after accident at Air & Water Show

    CHICAGO — The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs have canceled parachute performances scheduled for day two of Chicago’s Air & Water Show after an accident during Saturday’s show. One of the two parachutists who was injured in the accident has undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, just about 30 minutes after the Air & Water Show kicked off. A photo was snapped moments before one of the parachutist crashed […]

  • Michael Jordan may take stand Friday

    CHICAGO — Michael Jordan was back in federal court again today as his case against the now defunct supermarket chain Dominick’s continues. Jordan didn’t testify today but could take the stand as early as tomorrow. A judge has already ruled Dominick’s was liable for using Jordan’s likeness without his permission, but lawyers are trying to minimize the financial penalties. On Wednesday, his attorneys pointed out Jordan made more than $500 million in endorsements since he retired. Lawyers for Dominick’s admit the […]

  • Opening statements at Michael Jordan civil trial

    CHICAGO — Opening statements are underway on Wednesday in the civil trial pitting Michael Jordan against the former grocery store chain, Dominick’s, and it’s parent company, “Safeway.” Jordan is going after Dominick’s for using his name without permission in a two dollar off coupon for steaks. Only two shoppers took advantage of the deal. Jordan is asking for $5 million in damages. The judge has already said that request seems a little greedy. Despite previous reports, Jordan is not expected […]

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    Two women shot while sitting on porch in South Shore

    CHICAGO – Two women were shot overnight in the South Shore neighborhood. It happened at a home near 79th and Cornell at around 1:30 a.m. The women were sitting on a porch when two men began shooting at each other. Both women were grazed by stray bullets and were taken to Jackson Park Hospital. They’re in good condition.

  • Open house meetings begin on O’Hare noise, pollution

    NILES, Ill. — Jet noise and air pollution are at the center of FAA-sponsored public input meetings this week. The government agency is conducting the meetings to hear from the public about a draft report that re-evaluates the environmental impact statement that the FAA approved in 2005, the gist of which is the city’s plan to reconfigure O’Hare with six parallel East-West runways and two diagonal runways. The plan eliminates two existing diagonal runways, which anti-noise groups contend should be kept to […]


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