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

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  • Jackie Robinson West fall in Game 2 of Little League World Series

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West lost their second game Sunday in the Little League World Series. The team fell to  Mountain Ridge, a team from Las Vegas, in 5 innings, 13-2. In  the double elimination tournament, JRW will play again Monday. The team falls into the elimination bracket and faces Cumberland, R.I., on Monday night.

  • Sheila von Wiese-Mack featured in May 2013 issue of the Journal of the Caxton Club. Photo used with permission.

    Chicago woman, boyfriend charged in murder of mother in Bali

    It was supposed to be a getaway filled with good times, but it ended abruptly — in murder. Now charges are filed in the death of a Chicago woman found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali, Indonesia. The woman’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend are being held responsible. The members of St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church cannot seem to shake the gruesome image: the body of Sheile von Wiese-Mack, 62, reduced to this bloody suitcase. “Just grief strickened and shocked,” Rev. […]

  • Cubs planning more new signs for Wrigley Field

    Wrigley rooftop owners sue City of Chicago

    City Hall has spent years trying to broker peace between the Cubs and the Wrigleyville rooftop owners.  For its trouble it now has a lawsuit, filed against it by eight of those club owners. The lawsuit asks a judge to review last month’s unanimous decision by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to OK the Cubs latest renovation plan for Wrigley. That plan calls for up to seven outfield signs and video screens that threaten the rooftop’s views.   The owners say […]

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    State troopers, FBI to help fight gang violence in Chicago

    Chicago is getting help from Springfield and Washington in its fight against gang violence. Starting Thursday, 40 Illinois State Troopers will join local police in an intensified search for gang members wanted on murder warrants. Additionally, the FBI is sending 65 more agents to the city’s high-crime neighborhoods. They will work with Chicago police officers — mostly on Thursdays and Fridays — to prevent street violence. The agents will also target street-corner drug sales, and round up illegal guns.

  • One dead, officer hospitalized in Dolton shooting

    A man is dead and an officer hospitalized after a police-involved shooting in south suburban Dolton. It happened around 9 p.m. Saturday night at the 500 block of East Sibley. Police were reportedly chasing a vehicle when two men stopped, jumped out and started shooting at them. Police returned fire and killed one of the suspects. The officer was taken to St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, Indiana.

  • Local Iraqi Christians react to situation in Middle East

    The largest group of Iraqi Christians outside of Iraq live in Chicago. They say the airstrikes are a good start, but they want more done to protect their people.

  • ‘Cat Lady’ saving cats in city’s rough neighborhoods

    Sometimes you hear about the neighborhood cat lady, and she’s the target of a joke. But Pilsen’s own Georgie Black is no joke. In fact, she is a big help to the communities where she volunteers to control the cat population. Georgie is a real life do gooder on a “TNR” mission – that’s trap, neuter and return as many cats as she can. Georgie is a volunteer for PAWS Chicago and is active in areas where the locals say […]

  • Chicago Cubs baserunner John Baker (12) celebrates after scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly by teammate Starlin Castro in the 16th inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune)

    Cubs win longest game in team history

    The Chicago Cubs ran out of relief pitching by the 16th inning, so they called on their backup catcher to get the job done in a 4-3 marathon victory over the Colorado Rockies. This game, which lasted six hours, 27 minutes, was the longest game (by time) in Cubs history. It surpassed the previous record of six hours, 10 minutes that it took the Cubs and Dodgers to play 21 innings on Aug. 17-18, 1982. Other ways to spend 6 […]

  • Mayor defends plan to house unaccompanied immigrant children in Chicago

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel took part in a Fiesta del Sol celebration on Chicago’s southwest side Sunday and defended his decision to accept the Obama administration’s request to open the city’s arms to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America. Citing his grandfather’s flight to freedom from Eastern Europe when he was just 13, the Emanuel said he believes it’s the right thing to do. The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can […]

  • Cops in SOS unit amassed citizen complaints

    For almost 10 years the City of Chicago fought to keep hidden some of the most corrupt officers in its police  department;  but now everything has changed. After spending years fighting lawsuits that sought to shed light on which officers drew the most complaints, the city has reversed field, and is releasing the list of 662 police officers who had the most citizen complaints. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police fought to keep these records private. The worst offenders came […]


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