Patrick Elwood

Patrick Elwood is a general assignment reporter for WGN News. He joined WGN-TV in 2013.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Patrick has worked for major TV and radio stations in Houston, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee before returning to his hometown of Chicago.

Some of his career highlights include the coverage of the White Sox World Series, two Blackhawks Championships, the Bears Super Bowl and the Oklahoma City Bombing, for which he earned a Peabody Award.

Patrick earned his degree at the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Chicago with his wife Katie, where they have raised four children.

His credits his biggest accomplishment as the work he’s done with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, in which he, along with thousands of Chicago school kids, has raised over $12 million for pediatric cancer research.

Recent Articles
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    Riders get stuck on opening night of Navy Pier’s new Ferris Wheel

    CHICAGO – Passengers on Navy Pier’s new Ferris Wheel were stuck Friday night for a short time after the attraction lost power. Navy Pier interim communications director Jon Kaplan said the Cential Wheel experience some sort of “electric issue” and lost power at around 8 p.m. Passengers were stranded for about 20-30 minutes while crews worked to fix the issue. Power resumed around 8:40 p.m. No one was injured. Navy Pier says they are refunding money to the passengers who […]

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    Metra train derails near Union Station in Chicago

    CHICAGO – A Metra train derailed during the afternoon commute Friday. The derailment occurred near Canal Street and Union Station in Chicago. Officials say the wheels of a lead car on a Metra train are off the tracks. No passengers were on the train. There were no injuries. Commuters saw extensive delays on several lines.

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    Prep baseball regulations considered as surgeries become more common

    The Illinois Athletic Association is considering changing the game for high school baseball players. They’re looking at setting pitching limits as more and more players deal with serious injuries. Lincoln Way North Junior Matthew Blaney, recently underwent “Tommy John” surgery. The surgery is performed on players who have overstressed their arms until the ligament is frayed or torn. The surgery is named after the former major leaguer who was the first to have the surgery done.  It involves replacing the […]

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    Storms blow through Chicago area, damage reported

    CHICAGO –Showers and thunderstorms continue to rumble across the Chicago metro area Wednesday evening. Storms in the late afternoon produced some hail and gusty winds in addition to heavy rainfall. Totals in some areas have topped two inches, including 2.16 inches at Sugar Grove and 2.30 inches in Berwyn. In rush-hour traffic, the heavy rains made for a difficult commute to the South. In Plano, there was localize flooding on residential streets. In Spring Grove a lightning strike started a small […]

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    Cellphone may have saved life of woman shot at stoplight, father says

    CHICAGO — A cellphone may have saved the life of a woman shot multiple times, including in the head, as she drove on the city’s South Side. The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. Monday near the intersection of 71st and Wentworth in Englewood. Jeniece Smiley, 24, was sitting in her car at a stoplight when someone got out of another vehicle and opened fire on her car. She then drove into a nearby field. Police say Jeniece was struck in the head, shoulder and […]

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    Lincoln-Way High School District under investigation; Subpoena issued

    NEW LENOX, Ill. — A suburban high school district is under federal investigation for how it handled its finances and much of it deals with the district’s controversial former superintendent. The investigation into Lincoln-Way High School District 210 is looking at the former schools superintendent’s compensation as well as funds concerning student activities and bond According to the Daily Southtown, the U.S. Attorney is seeking an array of financial records concerning former superintendent Lawrence Wylie who was the boss from […]

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    Suburban honors student banned from prom over poem

    HOMEWOOD, Ill. — An honors student, who has been accepted to nearly a dozen colleges, was banned from her suburban school’s prom over the weekend and may not be allowed to graduate. She recited a poem at Homewood Flossmoor High School’s talent show without the necessary prior approval from school officials. School officials say the high school senior disregarded the rules while reciting her poem entitled “Dear Black Girls” at the school talent show. It was a poem the school principal  felt was offensive. […]

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    Gas explosion reported in unincorporated Des Plaines

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — Northwest suburban fire crews were called to the scene of an explosion in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines this morning. The explosion happened in the bottom unit of a two-story an apartment building in the 9900 block of Linda Lane. It’s northeast of the Tristate Tollway and West Golf Road. Fire officials say there was at least one minor injury but it’s not clear yet if anyone will need to be taken to a hospital. […]

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    1 killed in armed robbery at Boost Mobile in South Holland; police seek suspect

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. – Suburban police are searching for a suspect in a violent cell phone store robbery that left one person dead. Police say two men were involved in the robbery of the Boost Mobile store at 1022 E 162nd St in South Holland. So far, one has been arrested. Police say the suspects robbed the store around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police say there were several customers inside the store at the time. One person was shot during the robbery […]

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    Sinead O’Connor found safe after reported missing in Chicago suburb

    WILMETTE, Ill. — Singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor was found safe after being reported missing in Chicago’s northern suburbs earlier Monday. Wilmette police spokesman Eric Peterson said Monday that O’Connor has been located, though he wouldn’t say where she was found. But he says the singer “is safe and no longer considered a missing or endangered person.” Police released a statement Monday morning saying they had put out a well-being check for O’Connor after she reportedly went on a bike ride Sunday morning […]


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