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

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  • Family still searching for answers as woman’s murder remains unsolved

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill –It’s been nearly a year since a South Holland woman was found dead in her home. Since then, family and friends of Rachel Galbreath have waged a campaign on social media to keep her memory alive and find the person who killed her. It was inside a South Holland home back on May 9th 2014 that the life of 33-yr-old Rachel came to a terribly violent. Her father Mark and sisters Sarah and Kelsey say she was […]

  • Rahm Emanuel, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia greet Chicago residents at ‘L’ stops

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia both began Wednesday greeting Chicago residents at CTA stations. Emanuel failed in Tuesday’s voting to win the majority needed to avoid a runoff against second-place finisher Garcia. Garcia thanked early morning commuters at the Merchandise Mart.  The Cook County commissioner was relatively unknown despite previous stints as alderman, state senator and aide to  Mayor Harold Washington. Emanuel greeted voters at the 95th Street Red Line stop this morning.  Later in the […]

  • 70-year-old Naperville retiree wins largest prize in Illinois Lottery history

    CHICAGO (AP) — A 70-year-old retired professional driver from Naperville has won the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history. Jesus Davila Jr. was presented with an oversized check for $265 million Tuesday at the Illinois Lottery offices in downtown Chicago. Lottery officials say the first line of numbers on Davila’s $5 Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers to win the Jan. 16 Mega Millions jackpot. Officials say he chose to take a single payout. After taxes, it came to $126,890,121. Davila […]

  • Mayoral candidates make final push

    CHICAGO — Early voting is over with in this year’s municipal election, and in terms of the turnout, this year’s could outdo the last mayoral election of 2011 by about 10,000 ballots. All five candidates were out stumping Saturday, the last Saturday before Tuesday’s election. Bob Fioretti, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, William “Dock” Walls and Willie Wilson are all looking to oust incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel. To avoid a runoff election, Emanuel would need a 50 percent-plus-1 simple majority. And while Emanuel certainly […]

  • Gary officers, firefighters protest over low wages

    GARY, Ind. — Gary police officers and firefighters angry over low pay protested today ahead of the mayor’s State of the City Address. Doug Drummond, who is with the police union, was on the picket line and says he has not had a raise in nine years. He says a starting Gary police officer makes $39,000 a year starting pay, which is more than 10,000 less than nearby departments.  He says too many of the departments 220 officers get burned […]

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    7 dogs found safe after doggie day care van stolen

    CHICAGO —   A van containing seven dogs from a pet day care center was found after being stolen at gunpoint in the River West neighborhood, police said. The van was returning the dogs to their owners from the “Urban Out Sitters” dog day care center Wednesday afternoon when it was taken. The abandoned van was found in the 2100 block of South Wabash at about 11 a.m. Thursday. The dogs are being checked out but they appear to be in good […]

  • Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush jabs Obama in Chicago visit

    CHICAGO — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush received a warm welcome Wednesday before a jam-packed room as a guest of the bipartisan Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Bush opened with light-hearted remarks and noted his wife was with him here from a much warmer home state of Florida. “It shows our commitment to Illinois when a Floridian leaves Florida in February,” Bush said to laughter. With that Bush took a more serious — you could even say presidential — tone. He […]


    Ernie Banks’ family alleges agent trying to take his estate

    CHICAGO — According to a statement by the family attorney for Ernie Banks, the agent for the Cubs legend had Banks sign a new will giving all his assets to her three months before his death. The statement says the family believes Banks was ill when he signed the new will. Son Jerry Banks said he believed agent Regina Rice, “coerced him to give all his assets to her,” according to the statement. WGN has obtained all documents pertaining to Banks’ […]

  • Blackhawks host Jackie Robinson West players and coaches

    CHICAGO –The Chicago Blackhawks hosted Jackie Robinson West at the United Center Friday night. The NHL team said they made a commitment months ago when they invited the little league team to a game. Their appearance caps off a week that saw the team stripped of its Little League title Wednesday amid charges the team fielded players outside its boundaries and used a bogus map to cover it up. Thursday, JRW hired an attorney to explore its legal options and […]

  • Backlash as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West stripped of U.S. title

    CHICAGO — Little League International has stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. The league made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying the Chicago team violated regulations by placing players on the team who didn’t qualify because they lived outside the team’s boundaries. Little League International also suspended Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler from league activity. A statement from Little League International says in part: “This is a heartbreaking decision. […]


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