Patrick Elwood

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

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    Shoppers snag Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving night

    CHICAGO — While some stores are keeping their doors closed and giving their employees a day off to enjoy dinner at home, there are a few places open on Thanksgiving in case you want to get that Black Friday shopping done early. Toys ‘R’ Us and Best Buy are opening their doors at 5 p.m. Macy’s and Kohl’s will open at 6 p.m. Chicago’s own Sears also opens at 6  p.m. while Kmart is staying open all day. For more […]

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    Thanksgiving travel in full swing in Chicago area

    CHICAGO –Wednesday was getaway day for those going elsewhere to celebrate Thanksgiving. President Obama says there’s no credible intel suggesting a terrorist strike in the homeland. That should be welcome news to millions of Americans traveling. Patrick Elwood reports live from O’Hare Airport with the latest.

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    Family, activists react to Laquan McDonald shooting, officer charges

    CHICAGO — Laquan McDonald’s family didn’t want the shooting video to go public. And now they are pleading to the masses to exercise restraint when they see it. Reverend Jesse Jackson stood at the spot where Laquan McDonald was gunned down Tuesday. Jackson said States Attorney Anita Alvarez should be voted out, CPD chief Garry McCarthy fired for what he calls part of a bigger problem of local law enforcement. McDonald was a ward of the state .Twice, the Illinois Department of Children and […]

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    No bail for Chicago cop charged in Laquan McDonald’s murder

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer is being held without bail in the fatal shooting of a teenager. Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20. Charges were announced Tuesday as the city prepared to release a squad-car video of the shooting. Van Dyke requested protected custody and is now incarcerated in the Cermak hospital building. If convicted of first degree murder, Van Dyke faces a sentence […]

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    3 detained during police protests in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Three protesters were detained Tuesday night during demonstrations in Chicago over the killing of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer. Protesters were blocking traffic Tuesday night on the city’s near West Side. Some circled police cars in an intersection and chanted “16 shots.” Protesters took to the streets after Chicago police released the video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s 2014 death. Prosecutors Tuesday charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the department […]

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    U.S. issues worldwide travel alert due to increased terrorism threats

    CHICAGO — As Americans prepare to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. State Department has issued a rare, worldwide travel alert due to possible terror risks. U.S. citizens are urged to be aware of their surroundings, and use caution at festivals and events. Some travelers at O’Hare Airport on Tuesday said they can’t live in fear, and aren’t worried. Another traveler said there isn’t much that can be done, and to just try to be safe. In Europe, Brussels is on […]

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    Winter Storm Watch to begin Friday night; 4-8 inches possible

    A Winter Storm Watch will begin at 9 p.m. Friday night for several Illinois counties. Those counties are: Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Dupage, Dekalb, Kane, Lake (Illinois) and McHenry. The National Weather Service says readings indicate potential heavy snowfall beginning Friday evening and into Saturday. There is a possibility of significant accumulation. Precipitation will likely begin as rain and snow mix early Friday evening but rates are expected to increase overnight which would allow for snow to accumulate quicker. 4-8 inches […]

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    Vigil held in Chicago for Paris victims

    CHICAGO — A crowd gathered in downtown Chicago Wednesday night to show a sign of solidarity to a suffering city thousands of miles away but very close to their community humanity of  hearts. At Pioneer Plaza on Michigan Avenue, an interfaith vigil was  held for the victims of the French terrorist attacks in in the heart of Chicago, the sister city to Paris. To the City of Lights from the City of Broad Shoulders, the message was: We stand with you. […]

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    Inspiring officer celebrates birthday by helping others

    CHICAGO – Former Chicago Police Officer Jim Mullen has been an inspiration ever since he survived being shot in the face nearly 20 years ago. On October 16th, Officer Jim Mullen was shot an duty with a 357 magnum.  A bullet to the face made him an instant ventilator quadriplegic. But that didn’t stop him or his positive outlook. Today he celebrated his 50th birthday by giving away his locally produced applesauce.  He and his wife Athena, a police sergeant, […]

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    Paris attackers known to American intelligence

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he’s taking a wait-and-see approach on whether Russia does more to focus on Islamic State targets in Syria, which the U.S. would “welcome.” Intensified Russian airstrikes Tuesday hit the Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, that is also being pounded by the French after the Paris attacks that killed 129 people. The airstrikes came after Russia’s FSB security service confirmed for the first time that a bomb caused the Oct. 31 crash of a […]


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