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  • Saving the Honey Bees

    The honey bee population worldwide is in crisis. And this winter’s polar vortex killed far more honey bees than usual in the Chicago area. But as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, there are many passionate people who sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to save honey bees. ”So this up here is where they were getting in.” This time last year, Bob Kusel and his wife were sharing their bedroom in north suburban Skokie with thousands of honeybees. ”And I kept hearing […]

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    Craft Liquors Catching On

    Move over craft beer. A harder form of craft liquor is mixing things up on the local bar scene. As WGN’s Nancy Loo reports in tonight’s Cover Story, there’s a major Illinois boom in craft distilling, because a growing number of local connoisseurs are drinking it up. “How’s this looking? This is looking ready to distill.” Architect Jose Hernandez and Golf Pro Fred Robinson are not moonlighting in moonshine. The three types of liquor they produce from the state’s newest […]

  • Fixing Failing Schools 2014; Graduation Day

    Fixing Failing Schools 2014; Graduation Day

    For the past several years, WGN-TV has been giving you an inside look at efforts to turn around Wendell Phillips Academy in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. School officials are celebrating several milestones in 2014, as the fight continues to keep Chicago Public Schools from turning around more schools.  The privately-operated, Academy for Urban School Leadership or AUSL is now in charge of 29 schools, with three more turnarounds recently approved.  As reporter Gaynor Hall learned, some progress has been made at […]

  • Who is eating Asian carp?

    Who is eating Asian carp?

    In the summer of 2010, Governor Quinn signed an agreement to ship up to 30-million pounds of Asian carp a year to China. He said at the time, “If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!” Now, almost four years later, we wondered, are people warming up to this invasive species? WGN’s Nancy Loo traveled to an Asian carp processing plant near the Mississippi river that now ships Illinois caught Asian carp, worldwide. “Our annual purchasing of all species is around […]

  • Chickens in the City: Urban coops growing in popularity

    Chickens in the City: Urban coops growing in popularity

    If you live in the Chicago area, down-on-the-farm could be right next door. Many cities across the country are making it easier to own chickens. And WGN’s Ana Belaval had no problem finding a chick chick here, and a chick chick there. “Morning ladies.” In all her 60 years, Mo Cahill of Rogers Park has been many things. “Let’s go.” Mother, animal lover, a bit of a rebel. (flapping wings) She’s never been a chicken owner until two years ago. […]

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    Historic 1964 Civil Rights Law turns 50

    July 2, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the landmark civil rights act, intended to virtually eliminate almost all forms of discrimination.The battle for civil rights was long and bloody. WGN’S Steve Sanders looks at the Chicago events and people who sparked history making change, more than a half century ago. “This was the first day of the sit-in January 2, 1962,” says Chicago genealogist and author Tony Burroughs. “This history has been buried for 50 years.” […]

  • Making a pension back-up plan

    Making a pension back-up plan

    Nearly half of all Americans now say they’re worried they’ll outlive their money, or won’t be able to save enough to ever retire. Whether you work in the public or private sectors, WGN’s Steve Sanders reports one thing is clear; the retirement landscape is changing. Adriana Caballero is a former social worker turned bi-lingual education teacher at Piper Elementary in Berwyn. And with pension reform in Illinois, her career change has left her feeling far less secure. “The uncertainty is […]

  • Stuck in Cook County Jail

    Stuck in Cook County Jail: Prison population strains system, tax payer wallets

    Nearly 9,400 people are sitting in Cook County jail tonight. It’s one of the largest jail systems in the world, and taxpayers are paying the price. The Illinois Supreme Court and county elected officials agree they need to reduce the jail population. But, as WGN’s Gaynor Hall reports, there’s no consensus on how to do that. “I was 19 when I first went to jail. But I was 14 when I started drinking and getting high,” says ex-offender Patrick Covington […]

  • Winter Farming: How the cold can help crops

    Winter Farming in Illinois: How the cold can help crops

    Trying to grow anything in the ground this time of year in Illinois seems like mission impossible- especially this winter. Not only are some Illinois farmers harvesting winter crops, as WGN’s Lourdes Duarte reports, one Illinois farm couple is hoping what plays near Peoria, will catch on all over the Midwest. “See all the lettuce, it’s pretty huh?”  Lyndon and Kimberli Hartz are newlyweds who farm      ten-and-a-half acres in Wyoming, Illinois, about a 40 minute drive Northwest of Peoria. You […]

  • Watts of Love: Local group bringing light to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

    It’s been almost six weeks since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippine Islands.  For those who survived, restoring electricity and rebuilding will take years.  But, as Steve Sanders reports, there’s a Chicago area group bringing light to one of the darkest places on earth. “I’m handing out these lights and telling the stories of how it helps people.” Kevin Kuster’s calling to the Philippines comes by way of Playboy Magazine.  He was a senior photo editor there for almost two decades. […]


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