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  • Bad burials continue to haunt Burr Oak Cemetery

    ALSIP, Ill. — In 2009, the Cook County Sheriff uncovered a scheme in which graves were dug up, body parts were discarded and graves were resold. Now, at least one family found those problems from years ago mean their plans for a final resting place aren’t so final after all. Mary Lee Northington lived 97 years, surviving her husband and one of her eight children. At her funeral, there was peace in knowing she could finally rest in peace. “She […]

  • These 5 areas of Chicago have the most car thefts so far this year

    CHICAGO — You’ve likely heard of dealerships and rental lots being hit by gangs of thieves. In April, as many as ten cars were taken from the Hertz O’Hare lot in just two minutes. Andrew Henning from Chicago’s Crime Commission says, “Gang members will steal cars in Chicago. They will then go out to the suburbs and go into Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and they’ll steal guns and drugs.” Dealerships aren’t the only places targeted. Many neighborhoods are experiencing a problem […]

  • A 50-year-old report called for taking on racism in America – but what’s been done?

    CHICAGO — A 50-year-old best-selling book bluntly warned white racism led to the black riots of the ’60s. But are we dangerously close to repeating history in America? Over 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Chicago and lead a peaceful protest to demand affordable housing, jobs and civil rights for African-Americans. Dr. King was assassinated not long afterward on April 4, 1968. The next day, all hell broke loose in parts of Chicago. A two mile […]

  • Inside the mind of a former neo-Nazi: ‘It was easy to hate somebody I didn’t know’

    CHICAGO — Christian Picciolini says he wasn’t raised a racist by his Italian immigrant parents who came to Chicago. He got into white supremacy in 1987 when he said he was a lost 14-year-old boy just hooking up with a rough crowd. He learned to hate. He formed a band promoting white power. There was even a gig in Germany where Picciolini posed in front of a concentration camp. The Blue Island man wound up on talk shows spewing hate as a self-described racist. On […]

  • Man charged with fraud in flood grant program, 4 years after WGN breaks story

    Four years after WGN Investigates broke the story about how Chicago area flood relief money was being spent, the Feds make an arrest. Barry Croall is accused of swindling $330,000 from a $10 million grant that was supposed to go to homeowners. WGN Investigates questioned Croall back in 2010 about a lavish party he threw at Brookfield Zoo for flood victims. He denied any wrongdoing, eventually sending us an incomplete pile of spending records. Croall was to be arraigned in federal court Thursday. […]

  • Country Club Hills: WGN told you so

    You know the old saying: I told you so? Well we told you so in several WGN- Better Government Association investigations into a small south suburban town. An audit confirms a whole lot of financial shenanigans going on. It’s been three years since we first went walking with Mayor Dwight Welch of Country Club Hills challenging him about outrageous credit card charges on the city’s dime. “It’s a small amount of money when you look at the overall emphasis of […]

  • Former top aide to Gov. Quinn pays money back after pension investigation

    An update to a WGN exclusive: A mistake in the pension system meant a former top aide to Governor Quinn was getting $137,000 per year. She should have been getting under $20,000. On Friday WGN was told, she has paid that money back. WGN traveled to downstate Paris, Illinois, to talk with 63-year-old Carolyn Brown Hodge. The former deputy chief of staff to Governor Quinn resigned in 2009. She said she only found out about the overpayment the day WGN […]

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    Lewd pictures lead to suspension of officer’s powers

    A Chicago police officer got his police powers taken away after a WGN Investigation discovered lewd and shocking pictures of a man’s private parts. It began with a tip to WGN Investigates in a simple, strange, anonymous envelope. Inside, a tiny piece of paper not much bigger than what you’d find inside a fortune cookie. On that paper was a web address, apparently set up, to bring down a Chicago police officer. It included his name, home address, the police district where he worked […]

  • Unexplained Beating: How a simple grocery run put a father in the hospital

    Even though what happened was caught on a security camera, our WGN Investigation shows answers are still missing. It is tough to watch a man getting walloped. But as Cleveland Walker watches surveillance video of his own beating in our editing room at WGN it makes him pause, saying, “Wow!” ‘They are like ‘Turn over! Turn over! Turn over! That`s what everybody`s yelling,” Walker explains. “I`m yelling back, ‘I can`t turn over! He`s holding me! I can`t turn over!’” The men on top are employees […]

  • WGN Investigates Exclusive: The unwitting murder plot target

    He was two days after from being sliced, diced and bled to death in a modern day torture chamber.  So how did this wealthy, suburban businessman live to tell his story?  And why was he targeted?  The following is what Steve Campbell told WGN-Investigates during an exclusive interview, as we look deeper at one of the wildest murder scheme caught right on camera. “Could you dream this up?” asked Steve Campbell after he asked us to blur his face on […]