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  • WGN’s Robin Baumgarten surprised by ‘all-time favorite teacher’ Mrs. Fitch

    CHICAGO — It takes a lot to make our Robin Baumgarten smile– but today, a special person made her do just that. In honor of students heading back to school, WGN created mini “Chicago’s Very Own” segments where on-air talent speak of their favorite school memories. In Robin’s video, she specifically mentions her “all-time favorite teacher” at St. Albert the Great School, Mrs. Fitch. She said Mrs. Fitch made third grade religion class so exciting and made her love school. On […]

  • Jeep slams into CVS after shooting in Portage Park

    CHICAGO — Two people were injured when a Jeep slammed into a CVS pharmacy after a shooting in the Portage Park neighborhood. The incident happened around midnight Wednesday near the intersection of Addison and Central, when someone opened fire on the Jeep from another passing car. The Jeep then crashed into a CVS store. A man was hit in the head, arm and torso and is in serious condition. A woman in the car suffered an injury to her arm […]

  • Chicago Mayor Emanuel to write book after he leaves office

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is writing a book. His book titled, “The Nation City: Why Mayors Run the World,” will be published in spring 2020. It will focus on how cities are the ones that are driving innovation and dealing with the environment, immigration, infrastructure, and other major topics. Rahm Emanuel writing a book pic.twitter.com/jwIZcjE9U4 — Tahman Bradley (@tahmanbradley) September 18, 2018 The book will also touch on the federal government’s dysfunction, and how people are now engaged at […]

  • Man, 29, fatally shot on South Side

    CHICAGO — A 29-year-old man was fatally shot in the head on the city’s South Side. It happened at 10 p.m. Monday near 78th and Laflin Street in the Gresham neighborhood. Another man got out of a silver vehicle and started shooting, hitting the victim. The man’s name hasn’t been released yet. No one is in custody.

  • Off-duty CFD captain dies in apparent drowning in Jackson Park Harbor

    CHICAGO — An off-duty captain of the Chicago Fire Department died early Monday in an apparent drowning. Fire crews responded to a call of a person in the water around midnight at Jackson Park Harbor, located at 6500 S. Richards. Divers searched the water for 90 minutes. The man’s body was recovered around 5 a.m. and the Chicago Fire Department identified him as 55-year-old Captain Darryl Moore. It is with sadness that we report the death of CFD Captain Darryl […]

  • Amazon Go store with no cashiers or checkout line opens in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A retail store with no cashier or checkout line is now open in Chicago. A 2,000-square-foot Amazon Go store is up and running at 113 S. Franklin Street in the Loop. It will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. According to the Chicago Tribune, customers must scan an app on their smartphone when they enter the store. Cameras and sensors track customers as they shop and add products to a virtual cart. Amazon will automatically charge […]

  • Man critical after Corvette crashes into Skokie building

    SKOKIE, Ill. — A man was critically injured after his Corvette slammed into a building in Skokie late Sunday night. The crash occurred just before midnight near the intersection of Oakton and Crawford. The sports car tore a 10-foot hole in the brick wall of an office building and was halfway inside. Firefighters rescued the driver from under a pile of bricks and the mangled car. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical condition. The structural […]

  • Coke could make a move into cannabis-infused drinks

    NEW YORK — Coca-Cola is considering a move into the growing market for cannabis-infused drinks. Coke said in a statement Monday that it is “closely watching” the growth of CBD, a non-psychoactive component in marijuana, as an ingredient in what it called functional wellness beverages. “The space is evolving quickly,” Coke said. “No decisions have been made at this time.” CBD, which does not produce a high for the user, has been used for medical purposes, including easing inflammation, pain […]

  • 20 Illinois schools install emergency boxes to help combat school shootings

    CHICAGO — Nearly two dozen schools in Illinois are turning to new technology to help combat school shootings. Twenty schools have installed the Blue Point Alert security system. The blue pull boxes are designed to quickly notify police of an active shooter situation at a church or school. More than 150 schools across the country have the system in place.  

  • 1 dead, 2 injured in East Garfield Park shooting

    CHICAGO — One person is dead and two others are injured after a shooting on the city’s West Side. The shooting happened around 11:45 a.m. Friday in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Police said a person inside a red vehicle opened fire, hitting two men and a female. Their ages and identities are unknown at this time. Chicago police are searching for the red vehicle involved. No one is in custody. This […]