Shannon Halligan joined the WGN/CLTV team in September 2016. She is an Emmy nominated Reporter who contributes General Assignment and Traffic reports for WGN News.

Prior to joining “Chicago’s Very Own,” Shannon was a reporter, fill-in anchor at KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri. She also worked as an Anchor and Reporter at WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts. Shannon provided live breaking news coverage during the protests in Ferguson as well as the manhunt for the Boston Marathon Bomber.

A native of Chicagoland, Shannon grew up in Schaumburg and attended James B. Conant High School. She graduated magma cum laude in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Outside of reporting, Shannon enjoys researching genealogy, podcasting, and spending time with her husband and dog.


Recent Articles
  • Teen parents, baby’s grandmother charged after newborn left abandoned in Chicago alley

    CHICAGO — The teenage parents of a newborn left atop a trash can in Chicago are facing attempted murder charges.  The infant’s grandmother is accused of lying to police about finding the baby boy. The 16-year-old mother and 17-year-old father appeared Friday in juvenile court. The teens are not being named because they are juveniles. Police say the girl gave birth, wrapped the boy in a towel and placed him atop a garbage can Tuesday in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood. Police […]

  • Hundreds honor 5-year-old AJ Freund at suburban vigils

    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Hundreds of people gathered at vigils in Crystal Lake and Carpentersville on Friday night to honor 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund. School buses were tied with blue ribbons in his memory. AJ was found dead Wednesday in a shallow grave in Woodstock. He’d been reported missing nearly a week earlier. His parents, Andrew Freund Sr., 60, and JoAnn Cunningham, 36, have been charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors said the couple forced the boy to stand in a […]

  • Community gathers to raise money for family of boy who died in Wauconda lake

    WAUCONDA, Ill. — Community members united in Wauconda Monday to raise money for a family grieving the loss of a young boy. Geraldo Rodriguez, 9, died over the weekend in a paddleboat incident at Bangs Lake. He and a friend, 11-year-old Marquis Montez, took a paddle boat into the water Friday night. When the boat rocked, the boys got scared and jumped in the water thinking they could swim to shore. The water was 45 degrees — cold enough for […]

  • From a win to good weather, White Sox hope 2019 brings home opener success

    CHICAGO —  There is always something special about an opening day at any ballpark in America. No matter what the circumstances for a particular club, or even the conditions outside, the first of 81 home games takes on special meaning. But if you’re a White Sox fan, you’d like a little more out of the first contest of the season at Guaranteed Rate Field. Frankly, the last four have been pretty rough. Not only has the team lost their last […]

  • No injuries but Northwest Side factory destroyed in massive fire

    CHICAGO — Hours after it started,  firefighters remain on the scene of a massive fire on the city’s Northwest Side. The fire is now under control but Metra is still reporting delays. Crews responded to the fire at Newly Weds Foods factory in the 4100 block of West Wrightwood Avenue around 4 p.m. in the city’s Hermosa neighborhood. It was quickly elevated to a hazmat situation and ultimately reached a 5-alarm status, the highest a fire can go. The employees […]

  • 2 young women fatally shot, man injured while sitting in parked car on South Side

    CHICAGO — An investigation is underway after two young women were fatally shot and a 19-year-old man was wounded while sitting in a car on the South Side. The medical examiner has identified the victims as Brittani Rice , 18, and Senobia Brantley, 19. The shooting happened around 11:40 p.m. Monday in the 7700 block of South Eggleston Avenue in the Winneconna Parkway neighborhood. Police say the trio were sitting in a parked Nissan when three men pulled up in a […]

  • At least 12 children, elderly woman found in home with deplorable conditions in Dixmoor

    DIXMOOR, Ill. — A dozen children and an elderly woman were removed from a home with deplorable conditions in the south suburb of Dixmoor. Investigators arrived Monday afternoon to the home in the 14200 block of Lincoln Avenue and found children, including a 2-year-old, unattended and sitting on a floor. Police photos captured the unhealthy conditions which the children and woman were living in. “Once we got into the house, we found the house was in deplorable conditions, there were […]

  • Off-duty Cook County sheriff’s investigator killed in Chicago Ridge crash

    CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. — An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s investigator was killed Saturday in a high-speed crash in suburban Chicago Ridge. It happened just after midnight in the 10100 block of Virginia Avenue. Investigator James Koch was returning to his Chicago Ridge home after a shift when his 2002 Chevrolet was struck by a 2015 Nissan being driven by a 16-year-old boy, according to the Chicago Ridge Police Department. Koch was unresponsive when first responders arrived, and needed to be […]

  • St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago: How to watch the river dyeing, parade

    CHICAGO — Chicago is getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. The festivities kick off Saturday morning with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 9 a.m. The dyeing can be best viewed from the east side of Michigan Avenue, the west side of Columbus Drive, or Upper and Lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. The downtown parade kicks off at noon at Balbo and Columbus Drives. The parade will proceed north on Columbus Drive, […]

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    Mayor unveils report from transportation task force

    CHICAGO —Thursday, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel released a report from a task force appointed to look at the future of transportation in the city. The mayor created a group of transportation experts to try and put together a guideline, or road map, to navigate the future of transportation in the city.  It includes everything from public transportation like the CTA to ride-sharing and taxi cabs. Emanuel formed the group last summer and unveiled their recommendations Thursday. Some of the issues […]

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