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

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  • Garcia attacks, Emanuel defends, in post-debate appearances

    CHICAGO –The candidates for Chicago mayor returned to the neighborhoods Friday, one day after a heated, televised debate. Challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was on the West Side Friday morning picking up the endorsement of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. Later, he appeared at a West Side church with Rev Jesse Jackson. On the other side of town, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Congressman Bobby Rush and CTA President Forest Claypool, announced the expansion of the CTA’S Second Chance program which puts […]

  • 65-year-old shot in face on NW Side

    CHICAGO — The silence of the early morning was interrupted as shots rang out — and when the smoke cleared in the otherwise quiet Dunning neighborhood, a 65-year-old man lay bleeding, the victim of a shooting, and a bullet, that was most likely not meant for him. “Thought we heard gunshots. . . somebody was shot in the house,” said David Brichacek, a neighbor. Inside the other house a 65-year-old man was shot in the face and rushed to the […]

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    Battle over Ernie Banks’ estate back in court Tuesday

    CHICAGO — A probate court hearing was held Thursday will prepare the estate of Ernie Banks for final distribution. The legendary Chicago Cub died in January. His estranged wife, Elizabeth, claimed that Banks died without a will, effectively making her his sole heir. But Ernie Banks’ caretaker, Regina Rice, says he drew up a will three months before his death and left everything to her. The Banks family wants access to the hall of famer’s medical records to determine what his […]

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    Jesse Jackson Jr. prison release set for Thursday, former House colleague says

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A friend and former House colleague of Jesse Jackson Jr. says Jackson is being released from a federal prison Thursday and into a halfway house. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press he recently spoke with Jackson at the minimum security federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama. The son of the civil rights leader has been serving a 2 ½-year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Kennedy says […]

  • CPD records show officers stop blacks more than whites, Hispanics

    CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Chicago police officers of racial profiling and an excessive use of its “stop and frisk” policy. The ACLU says the police made more than 250,000 stops that did not lead to an arrest last summer. That’s four times more than stops done in New York. The ACLU says police data shows blacks were stopped 72 percent of the time while whites were stopped nine percent of the time. Police officials say they prohibit racial […]

  • Chicago Supt. McCarthy responds to ACLU report of city’s high stop-and-frisk rate

    CHICAGO — The ACLU of Illinois accuses Chicago police officers of racial profiling and an excessive use of its “stop and frisk” policy. WGN’s Patrick Elwood spoke to Kelvin Anderson who says he is turning his life around after a 2013 arrest and prison sentence. This year alone, he says, he has been stopped and frisked 4 times for no apparent reason. His story, according to American Civil Liberties Union Chicago attorneys, is part of a bigger pattern of police […]

  • Woman stabbed to death inside Elk Grove hospital room

    ELK GROVE, Ill. — A man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a woman to death inside a patient’s room at Alexian Brothers Medical Center Sunday morning. Police say the man is in custody and that charges are pending. Elk Grove Deputy Chief Chuck Walsh called it a domestic incident and said no patients were ever in danger. “The suspect was taken in to custody immediately, and has been cooperating,” he said. Walsh said police were notified at 11:36 a.m. to […]

  • Student cleared in ‘Fifty Shades’ assault: I would never do this

    CHICAGO — A University of Illinois-Chicago student was cleared of any wrong doing in a case involving an alleged sexual assault inspired by the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.” 19-year-old Mohammed Hossain, who is pre-med, was accused last month of assaulting a fellow student in his dorm room at UIC. On February 21st, the female accuser had just seen the film “Fifty Shades of Grey” by herself and then agreed to meet up with Hossain. During testimony it was revealed […]

  • 3-year-old warns mother about fire, called hero

    ELGIN, Ill – A 3-year-old suburban girl is being credited with saving her mother from their burning home. Officials say the fire started about 11 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 300 block of Triggs. It was the family’s little girl who alerted the mom that the house was on fire and they were able to climb out a window just before firefighters arrived. A neighbor who was home at the time tells WGN News it’s a good thing because there […]

  • Possible candidates emerge after Rep. Aaron Schock resigns

    WASHINGTON — Congressman Aaron Schock has resigned after weeks of scrutiny over his spending. The Republican from Peoria says the constant questions have become too much of a distraction, and made it too difficult for him to serve. Schock will step down at the end of March. “I do this with a heavy heart.  Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life,” Schock wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “I thank […]


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