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    Are surveillance cameras making Chicago safer?

    The number of surveillance cameras in Chicago has grown from just 30 in 2003 to tens of thousands now. The city says it has access to some 26,000 cameras, while the ACLU estimates it could be almost double that number. What impact are these cameras having on crime in Chicago? And what protections and policies are in place to make sure they're not being misused? WGN's Gaynor Hall reports in tonight's Cover Story.

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    Chicago children of gun violence, in their own words

    Nearly every day, we tell you about the shootings plaguing Chicago. But after the crime scene is cleared and the cameras are gone, what happens to the children who’ve survived gun violence? In tonight’s Cover Story, Gaynor Hall tells us how helping these children could shape the city’s future. Young survivors in their own words. One of the kids you’ll hear from tonight we first told you about in March after a shooting ripped his family apart. We talked with him, […]

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    Angels among us: A suburban Chicago man’s heroic acts unite two faith communities

    The heroic acts of a suburban Chicago man have united two faith communites.

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    Preventing suicides in the black community

    CHICAGO — Shame, isolation, embarrassment. These are just some of the emotions facing families who have lost loved ones to suicide.  It’s tough to talk about. But in tonight’s Cover Story, WGN’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to a mother who says it’s a conversation that has to happen, especially in the Black community. On Elm Street in south suburban Flossmoor, behind the picture, there is pain. Elizabeth Gerald lost a child to suicide this summer. “When my daughter died, my […]

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    War Stories from Vietnam Combat Photographers

    All week we’ve been telling “Untold Stories” as a salute to veterans of the Vietnam war. Virtually all of those stories contained photographs and film from an elite group of photographers known as DASPO.  DASPO is short for “Department of the Army Special Photographic Unit.”  Hundreds of men willingly signed up for this dangerous assignment, to stand in the line of fire and capture the “Faces of War.”  Here are the stories of still photographer Dick Durrance, and combat cameraman […]

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    Untold Vietnam Stories: The battle of Chicago ’68 told through eyes of soldier and protestor

    One of the most important battles of the Vietnam war was fought right here in Chicago. The whole world was watching when the 1968 Democratic National Convention became the battleground for the hearts and minds of America.  And as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports,   those for and against the war were equally passionate.  And it all came to a head on the streets of Chicago. “When it came to Democratic Convention, everybody was drawn here,” says Dr. Dominic Pacyga  from Columbia […]

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    The untold story of when Ernie Banks went to Vietnam

    Any brush with a celebrity can create lifelong memories and good stories, especially when they happen in a war zone.  A combat medic from Wisconsin was drafted in 1968 and shipped off to Vietnam.  As WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, little did he know his war experience would include Mr. Cub himself. “I’ll be honest. I was oblivious. I was you know 19 years old, I had a nice hot Chevelle and I wanted to chase girls and drink. And I […]

  • Remembering the Plainfield, Joliet, Crest Hill tornado, 25 years later

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — On Aug. 28, 1990,  Chicago’s southwest suburbs were slammed by a freak of nature; a rain-wrapped, EF-5 tornado — still the most powerful to ever strike the Chicago area. WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling covered the killer storm in 1990 that shook up Plainfield, Joliet, and Crest Hill, as well as the entire weather profession. The Aug. 28, 1990 tornado was very unusual. That day was miserable; temperatures in the 90s, dew points in the low 80s and […]

  • Apes and Humans in Harmony: Local musician’s unique approach

    CHICAGO –All chimpanzees in the United States are now recognized as endangered species, offering them new legal protections from medical research and the pet trade. Still, hundreds of Great Apes are living in sanctuaries. And as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, a Chicago musician and composer is hoping his music will touch chimps lives as much as they’ve touched his. Advocates say consumers can help by avoiding products that use chimps in their advertising. And by buying only sustainably harvested lumber […]

  • For young Chicago climbing star, the sky’s the limit

    If your kids are climbing the walls this summer, here’s a thought; encourage it! Brightly colored climbing walls are popping up all over the country. And as WGN’s Micah Materre reports, a Chicago girl is becoming a star in top national competitions. “On belay. Belay on. Climbing. Climb on. There are actually spider webs up here. You can take them down for them.” Sophie Volchenboum weighs 60 pounds soaking wet, just turned eleven, and is already among the best rock […]

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