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

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  • New interactive maps outline Chicago-area’s transportation woes

    CHICAGO — A new interactive transportation map is out for the Chicago area, but it’s more than just a tool for getting around. It is designed to light a fire under civic leaders to make improvements to the system. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has just launched a map showing how all forms of transit work in the six-county area. The interactive map shows everything from highway travel times and rail congestion to access to public transportation. The […]

  • FBI investigates threats against mosque; suspects talk with police

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. —  Bridgeview Police say they plan to subpoena six months of Facebook posts, as part of the investigation into online threats that were made against Muslims and a mosque in the near Southwest suburbs. The alleged threats were posted on Facebook last weekend. They targeted The Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, and alluded to shooting and killing Muslims. The threats used the words “eye for an eye” and mentioned attacks on Christian Churches in France. Bridgeview police learned of […]

  • Chicago Bears hire John Fox as new head coach

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with John Fox to become the team’s 15th head coach in franchise history. Fox has signed a four-year deal with the team and will be introduced as the new Bears coach at 11 a.m. Monday at Halas Hall. It has been a half a century since the Bears hired a head coach with previous head coach experience. Fox, 60, spent the past four years in Denver and left over philosophical differences with John Elway. […]

  • Crossing guard seriously injured in hit-and-run on Far South Side

    CHICAGO — Police are still looking for the driver who hit and injured a school crossing-guard on the city’s Far South Side. It happened Monday at about 4 p.m. near 127th and Union. Police say children were crossing the street when 27-year-old Kristy Young was hit. Her sister told WGN’s Tonya Francisco that Young is at Christ Hospital being treated for  a  hole in her liver, a broken arm and leg, and a concussion. The vehicle is being described as […]

  • Man convicted in cop shootings released from prison

    DIXON, Ill. — Howard Morgan, the former Chicago police officer, former railroad officer and convicted felon is now a free man. Morgan walked out of the Dixon Correctional Center using two canes, and with his wife and other family members at his side. Ten years ago next month, Morgan was stopped driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Morgan and the four arresting officers began to argue, and then shots were fired. Three of the officers were wounded. Morgan […]

  • Restoring glory to the Illinois Executive Mansion

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — At 410 East Jackson Street, in the shadow of the Illinois state capitol, sits the Illinois Executive Mansion. It’s a place that has been on the National Historic Registry for a long time — and a place that is now, like state government itself, at a crossroad. It is a mess in many regards, and in need of a comprehensive fix. The building was constructed in the 1850s when the country was on the brink of civil war. Designed by famed Chicago […]

  • Trial continues for Park Forest cop in WWII vet death

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — The trial began Tuesday for the Park Forest police officer who shot and killed a 95-year-old World War Two vet in 2013. The court will decide whether Officer Craig Taylor acted out of a reasonable fear for his life, when he shot five beanbag rounds at John Wrana. Police were called to Wrana’s assisted-living facility when he refused to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.  By the time police arrived, Wrana was wielding a 7-inch knife […]

  • Chicago joins worldwide cities in Paris unity rallies

    CHICAGO — More than 3 million people marched for unity throughout France today — among them, 40 world leaders — all coming together to honor the 17 victims of a three-day terror spree in Paris last week. Similar rallies are going on worldwide, from London to Madrid and New York, as well as Cairo, Sydney and Tokyo. One such rally also took place here in Chicago.

  • Senior co-op residents fed up after days of no heat

    There has been little to no central heat in a South Side building for several days during this arctic, bitter cold. CHICAGO — The issue is happening at a Chatham Village co-op building, where about 75 percent of the residents are seniors. Some of the residents are resorting to dangerous space heaters. The problem appears to be the new boiler system, which is simply not working after being installed for $2.3 million last winter. Some folks have brought the residents […]

  • Man in custody in shooting death of Chicago cabbie

    CHICAGO — A man is in custody in connection with the shooting death of a Chicago cab driver, but so far, no charges have been filed. Chinedu Madu, 51, was shot about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of South Albany in the Chicago Carriage Cab he leased from the company. Police say Chinedu died at Mount Sinai Hospital. Investigators believe the man who shot and killed him was a customer he had picked up downtown and just dropped off and […]


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