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  • ‘Dark Skies’ in Indiana: Beverly Shores is Seeing Stars

    If you want to see stars, head for Beverly Shores, Indiana. Beverly Shores is one of only eight communities in the world to be honored for reducing light pollution. And as our Tom Skilling reports, it’s a simple case of power to the people. “We’re right on the lake shore, the south end of lake Michigan. This is like a little oasis. It’s quiet, there’s nature. It’s like a portrait you know.” Beverly Shores, Indiana is about an hour from […]

  • “Treasure hunters:” What are people with metal detectors really looking for?

    It’s not unusual to be at the beach or in a park and see people sweeping the ground with metal detectors. What are they looking for? And more importantly, what are they finding?  We asked Chicago firefighter and long time treasure hunter, “Chicago Ron.” Ron’s fiancé, Gretchen Edwardson is now hooked on metal detecting too. If Ron looks familiar you may have seen him on the Travel Channel or National Geographic channel. His little hobby has made him something of […]

  • Rosie the Riveter meets the Blue Angels

    Two Chicago sisters were granted their “Wish of a Lifetime” this morning in Gary, Indiana, when they met the Blue Angels, the Navy’s elite flying team returning this weekend to the Air and Water Show.  One of the sisters was a real life “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II. And as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, it’s hard to say who was more starstruck; the ladies, or the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels showered the sisters with gifts; framed and […]

  • Asian Carp vs. Commercial Fishermen: 2.5M lbs now out of Illinois

    It’s been four years since the discovery of an Asian carp between the electric barriers and    Lake Michigan. That’s when the state went into emergency mode. They hired a select group of Illinois commercial fishermen.  And as our Nancy Loo reports, they’ve  now taken two-and-a-half MILLION pounds of Asian carp out of Illinois waterways. In the backwaters of the Illinois River near Starved Rock State Park, there are fewer Asian carp jumping this year. “We’re doing this kinda different today,” […]

  • Millennium Park turns 10: Here are 5 things you never knew about it

    Ten years ago tonight, Chicago officially opened Millennium Park, a 24.5 acre section of North Grant Park between the Lake and Michigan Avenue. Today, it’s hard to find people who are not family with “The Bean”, the Crown Fountain, and Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion.  But, WGN’s Steve Sanders found there’s more to Millennium Park than meets the eye. “Watch out for this one little step here. So we’re at the highest elevation in Pritzker metal ribbons that you can be.” […]

  • Rummage Sale Gold for Good Causes

    Most rummage sales don’t include Louis Vuitton handbags, Chanel jackets, or tuxedos.        For decades, many churches on Chicago’s North shore have been donating expensive items to raise money for worthy causes. WGN’s Steve Sanders gives us a preview of one of the sales this weekend at Kenilworth Union Church. For eight weeks every summer, volunteers at Kenilworth Union Church collect donations for their rummage sale. They just never know what will come in. “Very classic Chanel. So, I would […]

  • 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 […]

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