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

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  • Fallen soldiers honored at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

    ELWOOD, Ill. — A crowd of several hundred — including Governor Rauner — gathered at Lincoln National Cemetery where some of the strongest and bravest among us have been laid to rest. While Memorial Day is dedicated to those military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving, it has become a day to remember those who served but died after serving. At Abraham Lincoln national cemetery each grave marker is adorned with an American flag. The federal […]

  • New memorials in place at New Lenox Veterans Memorial

    NEW LENOX, Ill. – Just in time for Memorial day, there are new monuments are in place at New Lenox Veterans Memorial. Restoration and improvements to the memorial have been underway, since it was vandalized late last year. Stone monuments representing the Coast Guard and Army were set into place yesterday in the New Lenox Commons, joining those representing the Navy, Marines and Air Force. The granite stone at the Memorial’s entrance will be replaced in the coming weeks. There […]

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    Protest over wages outside McDonald’s HQ in Oak Brook

    OAK BROOK, Ill. — For the second straight day, protesters demand higher wages and the right to unionize outside of McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook. They delivered two boxes of what they claimed contained 1.4 million supportive signatures to a McDonald’s representative. They did so as McDonald’s shareholders gathered at the corporate headquarters. The Service Employees International Union is spearheading the effort. “They should be able to give us a raise, at least $14 or $15 raise, so we can […]

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    Supt. McCarthy begins ‘listening tour’

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s community outreach program is now under way.  It was launched as a direct result of the outrage that took place in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore. McCarthy spoke about his “listening tour” today during an appearance before the City Club of Chicago. The program began several days ago.  McCarthy, his command staff and rank and file police officers are going out and listening to people in the community — asking what they are doing […]

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    Metra Electric derailment causes delays for morning rush

    CHICAGO –Inbound Metra Electric train No. 150 derailed near the 11th Street station around 1 a.m, after two cars went off the tracks. There were five people on board the train but nobody was injured. Metra commuters experienced delays this morning for both inbound and outbound Metra Electric trains. Train derailment at 11th @ Roosevelt Rd. around 1 a.m. causing significant delays on both IB and OB trains. — WGN-TV Traffic (@WGNtraffic) May 20, 2015 The South Shore Line […]

  • Thieves use ATM skimming device to steal $100K from Lincolnwood bank

    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. — Two men stole more than $100,000 from an ATM using a skimming device. The suspects installed the device at the BMO Harris Bank at 6820 Lincoln Ave. in Lincolnwood in January, April 26th, and early May. They used ATM passwords to steal a total of $120,000. The suspects were caught on surveillance cameras installing and removing the device. The men have not been identified. They are believed to have driven away in a BMW with tinted windows. […]

  • Violent weekend leaves nearly 50 injured in shootings

    CHICAGO —    At least 49 people have been shot in Chicago during the weekend. Two people have died in the violence, including  one man who was killed in a shooting near 78th and South Shore Drive early this morning. An 81-year-old Iola Buresswas among those wounded Friday night. Iola, a great-grandmother, escaped serious injury as did her 34-year-old grandson Sylvester who was visiting from Michigan for a family funeral. Iola’s daughter, Sylvester’s mother, Mary still can’t get over the […]

  • Facebook threat prompts heavy security at Sauk Village school

    SAUK VILLAGE, Ill. — There’s increased security and police presence in south suburban Sauk Village after an online threat was made toward Rickover Junior High School over the weekend.  WGN has confirmed the threat appeared on a Facebook post. One parent, Yolanda Lanier, said she was going to keep her 7 th grade daughter home from school today but her daughter pressed her to let her go.  After much debate, Lanier relented but only after getting assurances from school officials […]

  • Mother loses 2nd son to gun violence in Roseland shooting; 1 other killed, 1 injured

    CHICAGO — A mother on the far South Side has lost a second son to gun violence in Chicago in less than a year. 20-year-old Shamari Salter and two friends were sitting in a car near 107th and Wentworth Wednesday night, when someone drove up and opened fire. Salter died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. Another man also died, he has not been identified. A third man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. […]

  • Man arrested after firing gun on Megabus from Chicago

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — A man had to be removed from a Megabus after he fired a gun onboard. The bus was going from Chicago to Madison, when a gun was fired inside the bathroom. Passengers say the man came out and started harassing the driver, grabbed her and made a play for the wheel. Witnesses say that gun clip was fully loaded. One of the passengers jumped in to help the driver, and confronted the armed man. “He was […]


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