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Sarah-Jindra

Sarah Jindra has been helping drivers get to and from work since 2008, when she first started reporting traffic in Chicago. Sarah joined the WGN/CLTV team in August 2012. She currently reports on transportation issues, traffic and breaking news for the WGN-TV Evening News from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from the ground and Skycam9.

Prior to WGN/CLTV, Sarah was a traffic reporter for Chicago Public Radio and WMAQ-TV. Before getting into traffic reporting, Sarah was a general assignment news reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign.

A native of the Chicago area, Sarah grew up in Westmont. She received a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.


Recent Articles
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    Summer Slowdowns: Illinois Tollway

    This week WGN’s Sarah Jindra is talking to the region’s top transportation officials about the slowdowns commuters can expect on the roads and rails. In Monday’s piece, she sits down with Greg Bedalov, Executive Director of the Illinois Tollway. TOLLWAY HIGHLIGHTS: -Tolling begins on the west end of the new I-390 on July 5th -I-90 construction project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.   MAJOR PROJECTS TO WATCH FOR:   I-90 Widening Project -In 2014, […]

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    Motorcyclists remind drivers to share the road

    CHICAGO — As the weather improves, more motorcyclists will hit the roads. Local motorcycle groups will be out this month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, working to remind drivers to watch for them and share the road. Their message is simple: just pay attention while you’re driving. Put down your phone, listen, and watch for motorcyclists because they have a smaller footprint and less protection than a vehicle. Debra and Kevin Franzen lost their son, 23-year-old Timothy Jordan, in September. […]

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    Bear Down for fun at NFL Draft Town

    CHICAGO — Draft Town is open Chicago’s Grant Park and fans from across the country are here to celebrate their teams. Fans can also run the 40 yard dash, see the Vince Lombardi trophy and more. Fans are representing their teams with costumes, face paint and cheers. Draft Town is free and open until 10 p.m. Thursday night and Friday night and 10-6 on Saturday. Several street closures are in place.  Public transportation is the recommended option.

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    New Chicago taxi app program off to rough start

    CHICAGO — About three months in, some taxi drivers say they still have issues with the city’s new CHICABS taxi app program. WGN covered the program when the city first launched it in February. The goal was to help Chicago’s taxi industry get on a better playing field with the rideshare industry by creating an app so people could hail cabs with their smartphones. Three months later some drivers say they still haven’t heard about the mandate,or the CHICABS program. […]

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    New regulations could change ridesharing in Chicago as we know it

    CHICAGO — Rideshare companies in Chicago are fighting a proposed ordinance that would require drivers to get chauffeur’s licenses. They say if passed, it could end ride-sharing as we know it in Chicago. There are several types of licenses professional drivers in the city need and the proposed ordinance would require rideshare drivers to get one of these two licenses:  Either the taxi chauffeur’s license or the restricted chauffeur’s license. Taxi drivers are required to take a six day course and […]

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    Concerns grow after second deadly crash in construction zone

    The Illinois tollway and state police are planning added safety measures on the Jane Addams tollway in the coming weeks after two fatal crashes in the construction zone in less than a month. Today’s fatal crash happened in the I-90 construction zone during National Work Zone Awareness Week. A van heading westbound on the Jane Addams Tollway collided with a tow truck past Roselle Rd.  The driver the van, a 79-year-old from Elgin was killed and the tow truck driver […]

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    Authorities urge more safety in work zones

    CHICAGO — Police and roadway workers are urging drivers to slow down and pay attention. Their message comes as part of National Work Zone Safety Week. Any driver who heads into Chicago off the Dan Ryan, Ike or Kennedy will see the massive Jane Byrne interchange project, mounds of construction equipment and workers doing their jobs right by passing vehicles. It’s not just workers at risk. Other drivers are too. Last year there were 4,300 work-zone crashes in Illinois construction […]

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    Cubs fans flood Wrigley for opening day

    CHICAGO — Cubs fans flooded Wrigleyville today for the 2016 Home Opener. The Cubs welcome the Cincinnati Reds for tonight’s 7 p.m. game. Construction still surround the ballpark and fans are asked to arrive early for new security procedures. Besides security though, there are other new features – and food – that will greet fans this year and make the Friendly Confines even friendlier.

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    Cold, blustery Opening Day doesnt dampen Sox fans’ spirits

    CHICAGO — The White Sox home opener  had fans bundled up and dealing with snow. Many fans came prepared to stick out the crazy April weather.  They layered up from head to toe. Some said they may not last all nine innings. Still others stuck it out from tailgating early in the day to the final out. WGN’s Amy Rutledge and Sarah Jindra spoke with fans.  

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    Three cheers for … potholes? New experiment shows the damage they can do

    CHICAGO — What if instead of trying to avoid potholes you tried to hit every one you passed? That’s exactly what a new experiment underway in Chicago is doing. They’re hitting all the potholes they can during one week on the roads in Chicago. The “Pothole Dummy” is an experiment to see just how bad pothole damage can be.  They’re goal is to see the car before and after the week of hitting potholes.  And they want to use this extreme […]