Dana joined WGN-TV in 2014 as a reporter. Prior to WGN-TV she worked at Fox, CBS and ABC affiliates in Seattle, Memphis and Oregon.
An Emmy nominated reporter, Rebik’s investigative work has resulted in tightening DUI laws, strengthening state day care licensing regulations after a baby’s death and uncovering security flaws within the state prison system. Dana has also won numerous awards for her work from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Rebik graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor’s in Journalism, Broadcast News and Political Science. She is originally from Chicago, and is thrilled to return to her home town of as a part of the WGN-TV news team. When she’s not working, Dana enjoys cooking, skiing and spending time with her husband and two children.
CRYSTAL LAKE — It’s been four days since the parents of five-year-old AJ Freund say they say he disappeared from their Crystal Lake home. Investigators have not released any information on the status of the case in the last two days, as the search for AJ continues. His father Drew Freund was seen briefly walking in and out of the house Sunday, while mother Joann Cunningham is staying at an undisclosed location, according to her attorney. Cunningham retained a criminal […]
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — The Department of Children and Family Service said Friday it has been involved with the family of a missing Crystal Lake boy since 2013, and has investigated allegations of abuse and neglect. Andrew “AJ” Freund was reported missing Thursday. His parents told police they last saw him at their home in the first block of Dole Avenue around 9 p.m. Wednesday, and that he wasn’t there the next morning. DCFS said it has had involvement with […]
CHICAGO — A new Department of Children and Family Services training facility in Chicago may help caseworkers solve problems before they occur. Governor J.B. Pritzker took a tour of new simulation rooms at the DCFS office in Englewood. There is a similar facility in Springfield for training case workers, but this is the first of its kind in the Chicago area. The rooms are meant to be hands on, with trainers acting out real life scenarios, helping case workers and […]
MONEE, Ill. — About 30 truckers took place in a “slow roll” demonstration Friday from suburban Monee toward downtown Chicago to protest conditions for truck drivers. The group was ultimately stopped from entering downtown as Chicago police officers blocked exits along the Dan Ryan Expy. The drivers had hoped to protest outside Trump Tower. The caravan was part of a nationwide effort organized by a group called “Black Smoke Matters.” Similar protests occurred in New York, Michigan and California. Chicago […]
CHICAGO — Friends and family of WWII and Korean War veterans greeted their loved ones, after they returned from an Honor Flight Wednesday evening at Chicago Midway International Airport. Amelia Cunningham, 85, was one of nearly 100 veterans who flew from Midway to Washington D.C. Wednesday morning. Cunningham served in the Korean War and on Wednesday got to visit the Korean War Memorial in the nation’s capital for the first time. During the Korean War, African Americans made up only […]
MELROSE PARK, Ill. — One day after a judge ruled that Westlake Hospital must stay open, at least for now, new allegations have surfaced. Some accuse the owners of violating a court order. Tuesday a Cook County judge granted an emergency injunction and ordered Pipeline Health, the company that owns the Melrose Park hospital, to keep it open until May 1st. As part of a temporary restraining order, Westlake Hospital cannot discontinue or modify the scope of medical service or […]
CHICAGO — Friends and family were celebrating a birthday and a baby shower in front of a West Englewood home Saturday when someone inside a passing SUV fired into the crowd, wounding two children and four adults. People were gathered outside a house near 63rd and Seeley around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when witnesses say a red Chevy Equinox drove down 64th street, and someone inside shot at the group. An 8-year-old boy was hit in the chest and back, and […]
DIXMOOR, Ill. — Two women have been charged after a dozen children and an elderly woman were found in deplorable conditions in the south suburb of Dixmoor. Chiquita King, 32, and Giovanna Davis, 20, were charged with child neglect and endangerment in Dixmoor case. King and Davis are half-sisters. Two women charged with child neglect and endangerment in Dixmoor case. 11 children and elderly woman removed from home this week @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/8rzduYRLAy — Dana Rebik (@DanaRebikWGN) April 4, 2019 Investigators […]
CHICAGO — Chicago made history Tuesday evening as residents elected Lori Lightfoot as the city’s first openly gay black female mayor. Lightfoot, 56, defeated Toni Preckwinkle, a former teacher who served on the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president. Lightfoot, who served as an assistant U.S. attorney before entering private practice as an attorney, emerged as the surprising leader in the first round of voting in February when 14 candidates were on the ballot. Lightfoot […]
SHOREWOOD, Ill. — The bodies of a couple who went missing Sunday night in the DuPage River near a dam in the Hammel Woods forest preserve were recovered Monday. Crews found the body of the 28-year-old man about 10 a.m. Monday, while the body of the 22-year-old woman was spotted by a passerby near the shore Monday afternoon. BREAKING: Crews have appeared to have located missing woman in Dupage River in Shorewood after passerby saw body in water near shore […]