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  • Mother of victim in reopened murder case speaks out

    Last week Dixmoor police and the Cook County Sheriff’s office announced they are reopening a 1991 murder case in which five teens were wrongly convicted and served prison time. For the victim’s mother,  reopening this case puts her back on an emotional roller coaster 23 years after her daughter was raped and murdered. Cateresa Matthews was 14 years old when she left her grandmother’s Dixmoor home and never got to her own home. Five teens were arrested after a botched […]

  • Actor Gary Sinise helps at kick off event for Rockin For The Troops

    Tickets went on sale Thursday for the annual Rockin For The Troops summer concert in Wheaton July 19th. Academy Award nominated actor Gary Sinise was in Westmont today to help publicize the event. Sinise said spoke about the estimated 1,000,000 American servicemen and women transitioning back to civilian life over the next five years. “The war’s winding down in Afghanistan, but we’re going to have residual effects from these wars for many years to come,” Sinise said. Sinise and his […]

  • Council committee to discuss plastic bag ban proposal

    A City Council committee meets this afternoon to discuss a proposal to ban plastic bags in Chicago. Under the proposal the ban would go into effect in August of 2015 for chain stores or franchise stores of more than 10,000 square feet. Smaller chain stores and franchises would have to comply in 2016.  Independent stores and restaurants would be exempted. The aim of the proposed ban is to dramatically lower the number of bags found on streets and in trees, […]

  • Gacy investigation helps sheriff’s office solve 35-year-old cold case

    Cook County Sheriff’s investigators have identified the body of a 1978 murder victim. The cold case was solved as part of the ongoing search for victims of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The 1978 victim is Edward Beaudion, 22. His sister, Ruth Rodriguez, tells WGN she never really believed Gacy killed her brother. But when Sheriff Tom Dart put out a call for families of missing people to come forward and submit their DNA to a database, she thought […]

  • Spring brings Chicago another taste of winter

    Just a couple of days ago we were enjoying balmy weather — and maybe, looking ahead to summer. Today is a different story, though, with cold and even a little snow back in the forecast.  WGN’s Robert Jordan was out today on Michigan Avenue taking a look at our roller-coaster spring weather.

  • Wrana stepdaughter just wants someone held accountable for his death

    The stepdaughter of an elderly man who died after he was shot by beanbag rounds fired from a shotgun is speaking publicly for the first time since charges were filed against a Park Forest police officer.  Sharon Mangerson says all she wants is for someone to be held accountable for his death. Mangerson’s stepfather was World War II veteran John Wrana, 95.  Wrana previously lived with Mangerson in south suburban Glenwood. Wrana died last July of internal bleeding after he […]

  • Woman arrested in Naperville after 11 years on run

    A woman who spent 11 years as a fugitive is being held without bond at the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton. A court hearing is scheduled on Friday for Erika H. Luna, 45. She was arrested on February 26 by police investigating a traffic accident in a parking lot at the College of DuPage campus in Naperville. Luna is a former employee of Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. She is charged in a fraud and forgery case dating back to 2002.  Luna […]

  • Gold Coast business owner shot to death on Southwest Side

    Police are looking for the gunman who shot and killed a long-time Chicago businessman over the weekend on the Southwest Side.  Investigators are hoping surveillance video will help them find the killer. Herbert Goode, 66, was the owner of Silver Cloud Galleries, a framing company with a storefront at 20 West Ohio Street. On Saturday he was at his Southwest Side factory when he was gunned down — the victim of a possible robbery.  It happened at 2 p.m., in the […]

  • Extreme cold, icy conditions to greet Polar Plunge participants

    More sub-zero wind chill and bitter cold in the Chicago area are making life difficult for those who work outdoors.  And there is more snow in the forecast, adding to our winter woes. This weekend’s 14th annual Chicago Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach will no doubt lift people’s spirits.  But they might have to bring out the heavy equipment in order to clear a path to the beach through all the ice that has built up on the shoreline. […]

  • Police release security video on Merrillville murder

    Police in northwest Indiana released security video today in hopes of generating new leads on the November 4, 2013 murder of Andrew Fugate. Fugate, 25, was found shot to death inside Piatak Meats, 6200 Broadway in Merrillville. The security video shows two men in a vehicle traveling down Broadway.  The video is from about 10 different businesses, tracking the vehicle as it goes to and from Piatak Meats. Police say these are likely the suspects reponsible for Fugate’s murder. The […]

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