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

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  • Nearly 600 students out sick in Oak Park

    Nearly 600 students and staff in District 97 were absent Tuesday because of illness. That’s more than 10 percent of the student population in the Oak Park district. Eight elementary and two middle schools make up the small district of 5900 students. When the sick calls came in today, the district sent out an email letting parents know of the unusually high number and that it’ll be monitoring what happens the next 48 hours. It’s the latest concern, following others […]

  • 6-year-old dies in accidental shooting

    A young boy has died of injuries following an accidental shooting. The child’s identity was confirmed by a Cook County medical examiner as 6-year-old Michael Cattron of the 18 W100 block of 14th Street in Villa Park. The DuPage County Sheriff’s office is investigating the incident. They responded to a call earlier Saturday of an injured child following an apparently accidental gunshot wound. According to the Chicago Tribune, exactly how Michael was shot was not immediately clear. Some family members said the boy accidentally shot […]

  • Mayor Emanuel kicks off re-election campaign

    Rahm Emanuel officially launched his re-election bid for Chicago mayor Saturday. Speaking at an event at West Side film studio “Cinespace,” Emanuel emphasized his vision of a new Chicago, promoting better transportation, education and a higher city minimum wage that recently passed. “Earlier this week we raised the minimum wage to $13 an hour. Washington wouldn’t do it, Springfield couldn’t do it, but we did,” Emanuel said. Pension obligations in Chicago still loom large, as the city’s obligations have ballooned to […]

  • Low-wage workers stage one-day strike for more money

    From New York to California,  fast-food workers around the country are protesting Thursday, demanding a living wage. Here in Chicago workers say the City Council’s vote to increase the minimum wage to $13/hour by 2019 isn’t enough to support their families. They’re demanding a minimum wage of $15/hour now. The protesters include fast food workers, busboys, retail clerks, gas station attendants and maids. Business owners say minimum-wage jobs were never meant to become lifetime careers; and they warn that without […]

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    Security line at Midway reportedly stretches back a mile

    Midway Airport saw a near constant coming and going of planes, on one of the busiest travel days of the year. But, earlier in the day, there was a stoppage on the ground inside the airport, when security lines stretched back as far as a mile. Thousands of travelers converged on the checkpoint as TSA agents struggled to keep up. Either by plane, train or automobile 46 million Americans were expected to travel 50-miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday according […]

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    Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. leads local Ferguson protest

    At Operation PUSH’s headquarters today Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. was at the head of a peace demonstration to protest the decision by the St. Louis County grandly jury to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. In the aftermath of that, Reverend Jackson is now calling on President Obama to step in and issue an executive order, “And whether it’s police departments or fire depts or highways they can not get federal money at the […]

  • Shoppers rejoice! Black Friday is here

    The doors are open. The sales are here. It’s Black Friday. Black Friday faithful are already scooping up deals at malls and department stores across America. VIEW THE WALMART AD FOR BLACK FRIDAY A few stores — like Kmart and Radio Shack — opened Thursday morning, but most — including Macy’s, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s, Toys R Us, J.C. Penney and Sears — waited until after Thanksgiving dinner was served. As night fell, Manhattan’s bustling Times Square was packed with […]

  • Chicago’s Ferguson reactions continue on multiple fronts

    The day after the no-indictment decision coming out of Ferguson, Mo., the protests continued in Chicago on multiple fronts. At City Hall, a group about a hundred strong calling itself the Black Youth Project staged a peaceful sit-in just outside the mayor’s office. Then, Tuesday night, those protestors began marching with others through downtown. Despite the findings of the grand jury, and the evidence it used to come to its decision, the group said they are angry at the no indictment, the […]

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    No indictment for Ferguson officer; Decision met with protests, hostility

    FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, setting off fresh confrontations between protesters and police in the tense Missouri city Monday night. The grand jurors were “the only ones who have heard all the evidence,” St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said. After an “exhaustive review,” the jurors deliberated for two days before coming to this decision, he said.  

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    Chicago reacts to Ferguson grand jury decision

    By Jeremy Gorner and Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune Activists who had gathered at Chicago public safety headquarters Monday evening to await a grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown, marched downtown after a miles-long trek via Lake Shore Drive. Several hundred people marched up King Drive, reaching Lake Shore about 8:50 p.m., chanting as they went north on the southbound drive. About an hour later, they reached downtown, and while they paused briefly at the Thompson Center around 10 […]


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