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  • WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday on Pearl Harbor Day

    Roberto Reyna, Sr. was celebrating his 24th birthday on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. After, he was drafted into the Air Force and stationed on a small island in the South Pacific. There were fears of nuclear war. Until in August 1945, Reyna and fellow servicemen watched as the Hiroshima bomb was loaded onto a B-29 bound for Japan. “Some things you can never forget in your life. What you saw. And then what happened,” Reyna said. […]

  • Clocks made by visually impaired Chicago workers sold at local Target stores

    A gift that counts.

  • Fighting Homelessness, 2-part series: Chicago considers tiny homes for affordable housing

    There are many faces of homelessness in Chicago. Why is it happening? And what is the city and others doing about it? WGN-TV's Gaynor Hall reports in part one of two on homelessness in Chicago.

  • WWII Veterans reunited; An encore presentation on WGN-TV

    The miraculous story of two World War II sailors who re-unite via Skype - 2100 miles and 72 years apart.

  • Blue Man Group celebrates 20 years in Chicago

    CHICAGO — In the early ’90s few people had ever heard of the Blue Man Group, much less seen their live shows. Now, they’re known all over the world and they’re celebrating two decades in Chicago. WGN-TV Entertainment reporter Dean Richards reminds us why Blue Man Group never gets old. Their exact Chicago anniversary is Thursday, October 12, and they’re celebrating with a special birthday show at 8 p.m. filled with surprises. Blue Man Group was purchased this summer by […]

  • For those facing foreclosure, there is help available

    CHICAGO — The foreclosure crisis in Illinois is not going away. In fact, in some neighborhoods, it’s getting worse. In a follow up to an affordable housing story we brought you in May, WGN’s Gaynor Hall reports there is money available to help through Illinois’ hardest hit fund. As for the 14 percent who apply for help and don’t qualify, it’s usually one of two things; no income at all, or problems gathering documentations like tax records. We hope you […]

  • Tom Skilling previews the August 21st total eclipse

    In less than two weeks, the United States will see a rare sky show that hasn’t happened in the *Chicago area since before Chicago existed.  The good news is, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible within a day’s drive of Chicago. WGN-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling previews what’s happening on Monday, August 21, 2017. WGN’s eclipse coverage from the Carbondale area will begin Sunday, August 20th on the 5:00 PM News, through “live” coverage of the total […]

  • Chicago statues brought to life by famous voices

    There is so much public art in Chicago it’s sometimes hard to see.  But, if you take the time to listen to some of the statue’s stories, WGN’s Steve Sanders says there is much to learn about Chicago history. We hope you will share this story. And if you’d like even more information about public art in Chicago, click these links or go to the WGN-TV Facebook page. http://www.statuestorieschicago.com/ http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/artworks-monuments/ https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/yopa/yopa1.html http://www.singlondon.org/ https://www.terraamericanart.org/2017/04/04/terra-foundation-announces-art-design-chicago-yearlong-initiative-in-2018-exploring-the-enduring-impact-of-chicagos-art-and-design-legacy/ http://www.driehausfoundation.org/

  • WWII Veteran from Chicago meets the sailor who saved his life, 72 years later

    CHICAGO — An “Honor Flight Chicago” trip in 2009 was a bit of a rebirth for World War II survivor Norm Lasman of Chicago. He never knew who saved his life on May 11, 1945,  the day Japanese suicide bombers attacked the American aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill.  The smoke and flames left him unconscious and suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning for 19 hours. But after reading a book called, “Danger’s Hour,” written by Bobby Kennedy’s youngest son Maxwell, it […]

  • The human cost of no Illinois budget

    Across Illinois, thousands of developmentally disabled people are leading full, productive lives, thanks to group homes and their caring staffs. Yet, finding and keeping direct service professionals, known as D.S.P.’s is becoming more difficult because of long hours and low pay. As WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, Illinois’ budget crisis is quickly becoming a caregiver crisis for some of the state’s most vulnerable people. There are some 27,000 direct service professionals in Illinois who are anxiously awaiting how this plays out, […]