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    The business of heroin recovery

    The heroin crisis has created exponential growth in the for profit-treatment industry. But, the greater need has opened the door to greed.  Drug overdose is now the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Families are desperate and recovery has become big business. “People need to know that there are so many different ways to get well, and that it doesn’t need to cost 50-thousand dollars,” said Kathie Kane-Willis, director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy […]


    The lost art of rock ‘n’ roll posters: 25 years of Screwball Press

    It takes a brave soul to do business with a screwball, unless that screwball is Steve Walters of Chicago. Walters is a poster artist who was inspired by the psychedelic posters of the 1960’s and led a revival of poster art in the 1990’s. As WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, 25 years of Screwball Press is reason to party. There’s a poster convention of sorts this Thursday night when artists and music lovers will join Steve in at Co prosperity sphere […]

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    Haymarket Center’s Fatherhood program; reconnecting fathers and their children

    Sunday is Father’s Day, and while many dads will be celebrating, some wonder if they will ever re-connect with their kids. The Haymarket Center is treating addiction as a disease, not a choice. Part of the program is focused on fathers. Because the heroin epidemic is not only ravaging the lives of users, it’s ripping apart families. WGN’s Gaynor Hall takes a look at the Fatherhood program this Father’s Day weekend; a program that aims to heal families wounded by […]

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    50 years, one school: Meet Chicago Public Schools longest serving teacher

    James "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a south sider who started his teaching career in 1966 at Hubbard High School, and he's still at Hubbard today. He teaches law, and coaches the school's award winning mock trial team. But what he's really doing is changing lives. Ask him anything, but don't ask his age!

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    Tom Skilling’s personal challenge: Forecasting a healthy lifestyle

    You know him as WGN-TV’s Chief Meteorologist for almost four decades. But the years and pounds have crept up on him. So, with a little help from concerned viewers, Tom Skilling decided 2016 was the year to start living a healthier lifestyle. With his doctor’s approval, Tom started with baby steps, first by eating better; no diet Mountain Dews or late night fast food stops. And on a snowy April 7th, about six weeks ago, he bumped it up by getting some […]

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    Chicago’s heroin crisis; old problem, new approach

    Caught with a small amount of heroin for the first time?  You have a choice: Face charges or enter treatment. Chicago Police just launched the Narcotics Arrest Diversion program for people who do not have violent criminal records and are not in gangs. Law enforcement agencies across the country are making similar changes to address what The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled a “heroin epidemic.” “We’ve had a significant heroin problem in Chicago for many decades,” said […]

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    Korean War veterans now welcome aboard Honor Flight Chicago

    Tomorrow is a historic day for Honor Flight Chicago. It will be their 70th flight since they started taking veterans to Washington D.C. in 2008.  But this year for the very first time, they’re not only taking World War II veterans, they’re also welcoming those from the Korean War.  WGN was the only Chicago television station invited on board the inaugural flight. And what we witnessed appeared to be a healing experience for those who served in “The Forgotten War.” […]

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    Sweeping reform planned for Illinois child welfare system (part 2)

    Illinois’ child welfare system is under court order to clean up its act and do a better job of serving kids who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. That alone can be traumatizing.  But, sometimes, what happens next is as bad or worse. Our Nancy Loo talked to the ninth DCFS Director in five years, who holds a sweeping reform plan in his hands.   Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalist Mike D’Angelo contributed to this […]

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    New hope for fixing Illinois’ broken child welfare system (part 1)

    About 16,000 children in Illinois will go to sleep tonight in a strange home because their parents either can’t or won’t care for them. There is nothing simple about a state stepping into the role of parent during a crisis. And the Illinois Department of Children and Family services- DCFS- has had its own share of failures. But as WGN’s Nancy Loo reports, there is new hope for fixing Illinois’ broken child welfare system. Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalist Mike […]

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    Tornado forecasts at the College of DuPage are gaining national attention

    April marks the beginning of the midwests’ most tornado prone months. And there are few meteorological challenges trickier than predicting tornadoes. The College of DuPage in Glenn Ellyn is getting national attention for work that’s showing promise in predicting tornado areas not just days, but weeks in advance. It appears they’ve hit on a missing link that is putting COD on the map.  WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling is among those excited about this new development. Before this discovery they […]