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    Muhammad Ali dead at 74

    Muhammad Ali, known as “The Louisville Lip” as he began his ascension to boxing greatness, will be celebrated in his Kentucky hometown with ceremonies on Thursday and Friday, a family spokesman said. A public memorial is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at the Yum Center, a basketball arena in the city where Ali grew up and began his amateur career as a 12-year-old. Information on tickets will be released later. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said former President Bill Clinton, longtime […]

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    College offers new opportunity, second chance to students

    CHICAGO– If you missed getting accepted in the college of your choice because your grades and scores were not the best, there is still hope. Arrupe College opened this past fall and is looking for students like you. The school is names after Father Pedro Arrupe, a Jesuit priest born in Spain in 1907, who made it his life’s work to educate men and women to serve others. Asya Meadows: “My grades we like – ok and I feel that […]

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    WGN’s Bob Jordan on serving as an Army medic in Vietnam, medical advancements since then

    This Veteran’s Day, WGN-TV and Tribune stations across the country are devoting portions of their newscasts to telling the untold stories of Vietnam Veterans. WGN’s very own Robert Jordan was an Army medic in Vietnam. He witnessed first-hand the life-saving advancements the war brought – not just to soldiers who served, but to the general public. UNTOLD STORIES: SALUTING OUR VIETNAM VETERANS

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    Election Day in Chicago: Speeches, photos, social media reaction

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia in a runoff in April. Alderman Bob Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson and perennial candidate William “Dock” Walls all conceded Tuesday night. Check out speeches from the candidates and highlights from Election Day below:

  • Sony looking to develop self-driving car

    TOKYO — Sony wants to be in the driver’ s seat when it comes to creating a self-driving car. The electronics giant is teaming up with a company in Japan to develop the high tech car. Sony gave the company about $1 million to help with research, and is expected to invest more money in the project. There is some stiff competition; Apple and Google have similar projects in the works.

  • Health care deadline is Sunday; Where to get help

    The 2015 health insurance marketplace closes tomorrow, and deadline-driven Chicagoans are turning to care navigators like those working this weekend at Presence St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. Since open enrollment began in November, 10 million Americans have signed up for a health plan. Navigators will be in place until 10 pm Saturday and Sunday. They are able to offer assistance in Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. If you want to “get covered,” you still have tomorrow to do so. Come […]

  • Liz Banks, widow of Ernie Banks, on remarkable life of ‘Mr. Cub’

    Liz Banks, the widow of Ernie Banks, sat down with WGN in an exclusive interview to talk about the remarkable life of “Mr. Cub.” She also thanked the city of Chicago for the gracious outpouring of love and support she and the family have received. Banks said Ernie’s love of baseball came from being close with his father, Eddie Banks, who encouraged Ernie to play the game with all of his spirit and resolve. She talked about the early years with the Cubs, when […]

  • How a school is pitching in to protect Chicago police officers

    CHICAGO — Students at a Catholic high school with strong ties to the Chicago Police Department are doing their part to protect the officers. Hundreds, maybe thousands of officers are alive today because of the vests they wore stopping bullets. At Brother Rice High School, 110 students have members of their own families in the Chicago Police Department. And four graduates who were police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. Students at Brother Rice understand the […]

  • Emanuel challengers charging full speed ahead for next month’s election

    Rahm Emanuel’s challengers are looking forward to five debates leading up to next month’s mayoral election, to offset exposure Emanuel has enjoyed in television ads. There was no horn blast or starter’s pistol, but the race for Chicago mayor has begun. And most of the candidates are charging, full speed ahead, targeting voters and planning to get their messages out.      

  • Flu patients swamp Chicago hospital ER’s

    Flu season has arrived in Chicago earlier than usual – and hospital emergency rooms have been swamped with flu patients. On Tuesday, 28 hospitals in Chicago, that are served by EMS, had their facilities so full that patients had to be turned away. The elderly, children and people with underlying health conditions are most at risk and should seek medical attention if they need immediate help. WGN’s Robert Jordan has more on this story.