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

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  • Wallenda gets ready for Sunday’s tightrope walk

    Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Chicago River will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday. Wallenda plans to climb a 15-degree incline from one of the Marina City towers, across the Chicago River, to the Leo Burnett building. Then he will walk between the Marina Towers, blindfolded. The walk is expected to take two hours, and Wallenda has repeatedly said that he will not use a harness or a net. Here is a guide to street closures and where to […]

  • Kirk hosts hearing on growing threat of ISIS

    Today Sen Mark Kirk held federal hearings to examine the threat ISIS could pose to Chicago. Senator Kirk convened the hearings at the Dirksen Federal building this morning. He referenced a WGN Investigates report that highlighted a war of words online including an implied threat against the Old Republic building at Michigan and South Water. The senator says other Chicago targets have been in ISIS’s sights. Senator Kirk and at least one Middle East expert who appeared at today’s hearing […]

  • Waukegan high school students worry about admission deadlines as teacher’s strike continues

    Parents and students were outside Waukegan High School to say enough is enough. ACT Testing is challenging enough for students. The stakes are high as they try to get into that choice school with a good test score. Some students expressed concerned over meeting their deadlines and getting a hold of teachers, who remain on strike. Teachers and the district have been at odds over pay, benefits and the amount of assigned classroom time for educators. A statement on the […]

  • Republican Bob Dold eyes 10th district seat

    One of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country is the 10th district of Illinois. Republican Bob Dold is trying to win back the seat that he held for one term before losing to the now incumbent Brad Schneider. Dold has run a small pest control business for years and his wife Danielle are the proud parents of three children – Harper, Bobby and Honor. Dold has BA from Denison University. His educational credentials also include a law degree […]


    Gary man formally charged in case of Indiana murders

    Lake County, Ind authorities have formally charged a Gary man suspected of murder. 43-year-old Darren Vann was identified as a suspect in at least seven murders and authorities say there could be more. The case against him began to unfold at a Motel 6 off I-80 in Hammond where the body of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy who police say was a prostitute was found Friday night. She was strangled to death. Police say Vann met Hardy through the website When […]

  • City, state leaders announce plans for community center on Southwest side

    The development will be called Focal Point and will sit on the site of the old Washburn trade school at 31st and Kedzie. Today is the is the launch what will be a $450 million development. Focal Point will have major retail tenants, a newly constructed Anthony Hospital, a charter school, a trade school, childcare center, recreation center and a variety of wellness programs. Elected officials such as Gov. Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin were in attendance […]

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    Family of Thomas Eric Duncan says his death from Ebola is ‘racially motivated’

    The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola on U.S. soil, joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson at his Rainbow Push headquarters to call foul on the treatment Mr. Duncan received. They say the treatment Duncan received was at best ‘incompetent’ and at worst ‘racially motivated.’ Duncan passed away last week, but his mom and nephew spoke out at Rainbow Push’s weekly gathering today. The family is asking why Duncan wasn’t moved to Emory University Hospital, […]

  • Karen Lewis’s health battle and what it means for the mayoral race

    With Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis declaring she won’t run for mayor, the election landscape has changed. Many say the African-American community is worried they won’t have a voice in the mayoral race. A Sun Times poll a few months back had her beating current mayor Rahm Emanuel and since then she had been gathering signatures to get in the ballot. Lewis was still an undeclared candidate but there were very strong indications she was going to run. She […]

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    Former Bears GM says NFL hid ‘hundreds’ of domestic violence cases

    Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo says the NFL hid hundreds of domestic violence cases over his three decades in pro football. Angelo was GM of the Bears for 11 seasons. He told USA Today he was part of that mistake and he’s not proud of it. He said he would make sure no one was injured and then quietly move on. Angelo didn’t give any examples, but he says teams wanted to keep their players on the field […]

  • Artful horses honor fallen officers

    Downtown Chicago is being inundated with not painted ponies but painted horses as part of the city’s newest public art display. They are to honor fallen police officers and help families move forward. The program, called Horses of Honor, will help to provide support and assistance to the families of those men and women who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Former Chicago police superintendent Phil Cline who is now the executive director of the […]


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