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.
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 […]
CHICAGO — Athletes and parents at Simeon High School say they were cheated out of a state football playoff victory and they’re suing. When the top-seeded Simeon faced Nazareth Academy of La Grange Park on November 10, Richard Mercado was on the sideline. Mercado is an official from the Illinois High School Association, and the father of a player on the Nazareth team. Simeon’s lawsuit claims Mercado spent the whole game working the referee and other officials, convincing them to […]
PARADISE, Calif. — Nearly a week after the worst wildfire in California’s history broke out, firefighters are still battling its roaring flames, 48 people have been confirmed dead and evacuees are growing desperate. The death toll from the Camp Fire rose Tuesday — and officials fear it will keep climbing — as search teams comb through rubble and ashes in fire-ravaged Paradise, a town of about 27,000 residents in Northern California. “I want to tell you, though, this is a […]
ROCHESTER, Ind. — The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s sending a team of investigators to the scene where a pickup truck struck and killed three young siblings as they crossed a northern Indiana road to board a school bus. The NTSB said in a tweet that the “Go-Team” should arrive in Rochester, Indiana, on Wednesday. State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum says the siblings and an 11-year-old boy were struck at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, before sunrise, as they were […]
BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe she’s in danger, a sheriff said Tuesday. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found her parents , James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural western Wisconsin community about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis. The call came from a cellphone […]
This week is National Diaper Need Awareness Week. In Illinois, the National Diaper Bank Network says 23 percent of children under the age of three live below the federal poverty line. Which means, some parents are forced to make difficult decisions every day between paying rent, putting food on the table or buying basic necessities. This is where organizations like “Share our Spare” step in, a local non-profit tackling this issue. For more information, go to: ShareourSpare.org
WASHINGTON — A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation. The new accusation landed late Sunday in a report from The New Yorker, just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh […]
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, where senators will drill down into the judge’s background, writings and legal philosophy. Republicans who mostly back President Donald Trump’s pick are focusing on Kavanaugh’s 12-year career as an appellate court judge, which has produced more than 300 opinions. Democrats are expected to take a more pointed tack, grilling the 53-year-old conservative on hot-button issues that could swing the court’s majority […]