Patrick Elwood

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

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    Local woman’s fight to save mother’s life may also change law

    A Plainfield woman will soon fly out west to donate a kidney to her birth mother. But her life-saving act of courage is just half the story. She also worked to see the state’s living organ donor act will soon apply in Cook and every county in Illinois. Karen Wardlaw is a Cook County juvenile probation officer. On October 19th she will be at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego donating a kidney to Joanne Lore-Becky, her birth mother. Two […]

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    Trial for accused killer of Metra cop begins

    MARKHAM, Ill. —  The widow of a murdered Metra cop took the stand as the trial of his accused killer got underway Tuesday. Officer Thomas Cook was gunned down in his Metra police car in 2006 in Harvey. 28-year-old Jemetric Nicholson was charged in 2010 with first degree murder in the slaying .  27-year-old Jeremy Lloyd  a co-defendant in the case, was also charged in 2009 for his role in the murder. Lloyd previously pled guilty to first degree murder charges […]

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    Countdown is on for Cubs wild-card game

    CHICAGO — No matter how the playoffs turn out for the Chicago Cubs, manager Joe Maddon wanted to know one thing. He asked how anyone could be “disappointed with anything our players have done.” The Cubs visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday night for the NL wild-card game. It’s the first playoff appearance for the franchise in seven years. The team left for Pittsburgh this afternoon.  Buses left from Wrigley Field around 4 p.m. and headed to the airport. Players stopped and […]

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    Suspect taken into custody after chase on West Side

    CHICAGO— A man is in custody after leading Chicago police on a high-speed chase on the West Side Tuesday afternoon. The chase ended in the 200 block of North Central Ave around 5:45 pm. According to witnesses, at some point during the pursuit, police were chasing the driver who was behind the wheel of a newer black jeep Cherokee and traveling northbound.  A few short minutes later, witnesses say the same thing but the vehicle was heading in the opposite direction. […]

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    Lucas museum design, plan detailed to citizens in 1st public meeting

    CHICAGO — A crowd of about 100 people gathered at Columbia College’s Conaway Center, where they were given about an hour long formal presentation of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum’s cost is tagged at $300 million dollars, all paid for by George Lucas. The design resembles a spaceship inspired by famed architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van Der Rohe — both of whom had strong ties to Chicago:  a 400,000-square-foot building made from concrete and steel complete […]

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    Youth football works to prevent, diagnose concussions

    Governor Rauner recently signed into law legislation that is designed to protect elementary students from the dangers of concussions. Currently in youth football a test is being used to prevent and diagnose concussions. The King-Devick test was developed by an optometrist in the Chicago area in the 1970’S and was originally designed to diagnose reading problems with students. But in recent years it has been adopted to diagnose concussions in sports and has received backing of the Mayo Clinic. Some […]

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    ‘She was bloody from head to toe:’ Neighbor of Willowbrook attack victim speaks out

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — A 26-year-old woman was the victim of a brazen attack insider her Willowbrook home over the weekend. Now, one of her neighbors is speaking out about what happened. “She was bloody from head to toe,” said Robin Courtney, recalling what happened to her neighbor on Saturday. “Her only thought was to get over here. She thought she was gonna die.” According to police, the woman who WGN-TV is not identifying was initially asked for money by the suspect on […]

  • 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 […]

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    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, […]


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