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
  • Fraud lawsuit filed against Chicago Basketball Academy, executive

    CHICAGO — The Cook County State’s Attorney has filed a fraud lawsuit against Chicago Basketball Academy. The private high school and its chief executive, Damond Williams, are accused of failing to refund thousands of dollars in tuition and fees to parents. The school closed two weeks into the 2015-2016 school year. According to the lawsuit, parents who enrolled their child at the academy paid between $2100 and $2600 dollars in application, tuition and other fees for educational and athletic services […]

  • School districts forced to consider dooms day plans thanks to state budget impasse

    ELGIN, Ill. —   The budget battle is causing a financial crisis when it comes to funding education here in Illinois. Experts say that public school kids are getting caught in the middle of the political battle between the two parties. School districts are being forced to come up with doomsday plans. Tony Sanders is the CEO of Elgin’s U-46 school district. With an enrollment of 40,000 students at 56 schools, it is the second largest in the state next […]

  • 32 firefighters top brass return to lower ranking jobs in fight over wages, benefits

    CHICAGO — 32 members of Chicago’s fire department resigned their exempt status to return to rank and file status. It’s all part of a fight over wages and benefits. The 32 members of the top brass resigned to return to higher paying but lower ranking jobs as battalion chiefs, and in one case paramedic field chief. They will now be eligible for overtime, specialty pay and holiday pay – which was not the case with their exempt status.  At the […]

  • Month after shooting, Amtrak conductor remains hospitalized

    NAPERVILLE, Ill.  — It’s been one month since an Amtrak conductor was shot and wounded at the Naperville station. Today, his family is speaking out and says Michael Case is not out of the woods yet but is doing remarkably well. 45-year-old Case was shot May 16th. 79-year-old Edward Klein of West Allis, Wisconsin is accused of firing from a train window and hitting Case in the torso narrowly missing vital organs. Case is from Homewood and a Navy veteran.  […]

  • Man wounded in shooting on busy stretch of Michigan Avenue

    CHICAGO – A man was wounded in a shooting in a crowded and busy area of downtown Chicago Thursday night. Police say the 21-year-old was shot in the 100 block of South Michigan around 8:30 p.m. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He has stabilized. Police say the victim has been uncooperative. No one is in custody.

  • Oscar Lopez Rivera back in Chicago for Puerto Rican People’s Parade

    CHICAGO — Oscar Lopez Rivera was back in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood where he lived in his teen years after moving from Puerto Rico and before being drafted and serving in Vietnam in the mid to late 60’s. This weekend he will be the Marshall in the Puerto Rican People’s Parade. He lead a walking tour of his old neighborhood Thursday where he is credited for helping to create schools and health centers after returning from the war. It marked […]

  • Summer storms blow through Chicagoland causing flooding, damage

    Strong storms moved through the Chicago area Wednesday afternoon and dropped heavy rains and strong winds. Hail was reported in several areas and trees and power lines were downed throughout many suburbs. Heavy damage was reported in Evanston throughout the area of Ackerman Park.Trees 100 years old or more have fallen onto homes only slightly less in age. ComEd crews work to restore power to many homes. Evanston Hospital reported damage to their roof. Crystal Lake experienced widespread flooding.Property and […]

  • Rabbi makes plea for thief to return stolen religious items

    CHICAGO — A Bucktown rabbi is making a plea to the thief who broke into his car over the weekend and stole several of his personal religious items. Rabbi Yosef Moscowitz said someone stole a prayer shawl and two sets of leather boxes with scriptures inside. It happened while the van was parked in the 1600 block of North Milwaukee. Those boxes were inside a pouch and the thief may have thought it contained jewels or a laptop. To the […]

  • Father charged in accidental fatal shooting of daughter during gun safety talk

    HOBART, Ind. – An Indiana father has been charged in the accidental shooting of his 9-year-old daughter. 33-year-old Eric Hummel is charged with reckless homicide. Police say he was showing his handgun to his two sons Saturday evening in an attempt to teach them gun safety. In a tragic twist, his daughter Olivia entered the room and, according to the account he gave police, Hummel turned and pulled the trigger thinking there were no bullets in the gun. Olivia was […]

  • Man who shot and killed mother on I-94 not guilty by reason of mental defect

    BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — A Wisconsin judge has ruled that the man who shot a Buffalo Grove woman when she and her family were returning from vacation is not guilty by reason of mental defect. Tracy Czaczkowski was fatally shot in the neck in May 2016 while driving in the car with her family by 21-year-old Zachary Hays. Hays fired the gun as he traveled down I-94. The family was returning from a trip to the Wisconsin Dells. According to […]