Lauren Jiggetts joined WGN Morning News as co-anchor of the 4am and 5am newscasts on July 10, 2017. Prior to WGN-TV, Lauren spent 10 years at NBC 5 in Chicago, in a variety of positions, most recently as the weekend news anchor. She also worked at Channel One News in L.A. and WLVI, the CW affiliate in Boston. While still in school, Lauren interned for WFLD-TV and CLTV.
Lauren received a national and regional Emmy in 2011 for her contribution to the station’s coverage of the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal. She has also received multiple local Emmys. In 2015, she received the Irv Kupcinet Media Award at the 41st Annual Ed Kelly Foundation Gala.
Lauren is the daughter of former Chicago Bears offensive tackle and longtime sportscaster Dan Jiggetts. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and she is a graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary, edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. In his Tuesday night win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenge from the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. The dueling Democrats represent different generations, see divergent paths to the nomination and embrace conflicting visions of America’s future. As Sanders and Buttigieg celebrated, Amy Klobuchar scored […]
TEHRAN, Iran — A stampede broke out Tuesday at a funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said. The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession began, said Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency medical services. There was no information what set off the crush. Online […]
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Mayor Lori Lightfoot characterized her trip to Springfield as “productive” Tuesday, but the prospects that lawmakers will pass her legislative agenda seem to be in doubt. The mayor is seeking changes to the Chicago casino tax structure and permission to seek a graduated real estate transfer tax. The casino is a work-in-progress, but the real estate transfer tax looks dead. Lightfoot was counting on the tax to raise $50 million, but Republicans didn’t want it and some […]
Criminal investigators in northern Mexico say a suspect has been arrested and is under investigation for possible connections with the deaths of nine U.S. citizens — three women and six children — slaughtered Monday when cartel gunmen ambushed their vehicles. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said Tuesday that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right at the border with the U.S. state of Arizona, holding […]
EL PASO, Texas — It took just 30 seconds in Ohio and zero bullets in Texas for officers to stop two mass shooters in less than 24 hours this weekend, but the result was that 31 people were killed and dozens injured. Officers gunned down the Ohio shooter at the doorstep of a bar-turned-hiding place in the middle of Dayton’s nightclub district and arrested the El Paso shooter as hundreds fled a crowded shopping center. Though the two attacks staggered […]
CHICAGO — The national Fraternal of Order of Police is demanding an apology after Mayor Lori Lightfoot was overheard calling a police union leader a “clown.” A microphone near Lightfoot was on and picked up the comment referring to FOP Lodge 7 First Vice President Patrick Murray during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Murray was there to express support for the officers who were fired by the Chicago Police Board last week over the alleged cover-up of the murder of Laquan […]
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers. The demonstration appeared to be the biggest protest on the island in nearly two decades. “Finally, the government’s mask has fallen,” said Jannice Rivera, a 43-year-old mechanical engineer who lives in Houston […]
CHICAGO — Earlier this year, in the wake of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, a federal judge approved an overhaul of the Chicago Police Department’s practices and policies. That consent decree has led to changes in the way the department trains its recruits. The department said the 26 week training program now focuses heavily on community policing, use of force and stress management. Recruits also get experience in a virtual reality simulator where they experience numerous computer-generated scenarios. The […]
WASHINGTON — As the Boeing 737 MAX remains grounded, a new Senate investigation has launched and details of a federal grand jury have emerged, the latest in a series of probes looking into how the plane was certified and the problems that have occurred since. Whistleblower reports raise questions about whether Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who reviewed the Boeing 737 MAX for certification were properly trained, Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker said in a letter Tuesday to FAA acting Administrator Daniel Elwell […]
CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department says the newest crime numbers released Monday confirm a trend that has been shaping up for several years. Murders so far this year are down 30% from the same period a year ago. Over the past three years, murders have been cut by more than half. Shootings were down 17%, and hit a 5-year low; they dropped 14% in the same quarter last year and 21% the year before. And the city witnessed 20-year […]