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
  • 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 […]

  • Man, 27, fatally shot inside South Side McDonald’s

    CHICAGO — A 27-year-old man was fatally shot inside a South Side McDonald’s Tuesday afternoon. Police were on the scene at the McDonald’s near 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue around 4:15 p.m. after a man was shot in the stomach. The man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition, and later died. No one was taken into custody. It is unclear what led to the shooting. Traffic near the area may be delayed.

  • Jane Byrne Interchange project now $300M over budget and 4 years late

    CHICAGO — With construction season right around the corner in Illinois, the Dept of Transportation officials gave an update Thursday on what to expect for the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange project. The flyover ramp with the second lane from the northbound Dan Ryan to the westbound Eisenhower is expected to be open and complete by the end of this year. But the worst may be on the way. If the current timeline continues, the Jane Byrne Interchange Project will take […]

  • Officials give update on Jane Byrne overhaul, now slated for completion in 2022

    CHICAGO — Officials are giving updates on the status of the Jane Byrne Interchange overhaul at a public forum at the UIC Forum Thursday night, as delays and price overruns continue to mount for the project. Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation said the forum was meant to keep residents and drivers up-to-date on their progress after the department didn’t do much outreach before. “We want the public to know we are still out here, we’re still working, we’re […]

  • Metra increases train service for reverse commuters heading to north suburbs

    CHICAGO — Metra is debuting new options for reverse commuters headed out of Chicago during the busy morning rush. As part of a two-year pilot program, Metra teamed up with businesses and governments to raise nearly $1.5 million needed to fund four new trains to Lake County and the north suburbs. “The pharmaceutical companies up in the Lake Forest area actually came to Metra last spring and said, ‘we have this great need to bring a lot of these Millennials […]

  • Worker falling on circuit board caused train delays at Union Station, Durbin says

    CHICAGO — A worker falling on a circuit board was to blame for massive Amtrak and Metra delays that impacted an estimated 100,000 people at Union Station on Thursday. The fall happened during a server upgrade, according to Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he spoke with Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson. “The most important error they made was to decide to do a server upgrade to their computers during peak hours of service,” Durbin said in a statement. “This should be […]

  • Signal issue fixed at Union Station; tens of thousands experienced massive delays

    CHICAGO — Amtrak and Metra officials about 9 p.m. Thursday said signal issues that caused massive delays for 12.5 hours have been fixed. Officials said they expect trains to run on time for the Friday morning commute. Amtrak in a tweet Thursday apologized to commuters. Tens of thousands of people were impacted. An Amtrak computer switching issue began around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Workers needed to manually operate each switch from the ground to allow trains in and out of Union […]

  • California murder suspect found with gunshot wound in St. Charles: officials

    ST. CHARLES, Ill. — A California murder suspect was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in west suburban St. Charles Wednesday afternoon, according to officials. Kane County officials said sheriff’s deputies and St. Charles police officers responded to a home in the 3N600 block of Bittersweet Road in St. Charles Township around 3 p.m. for a reported sighting of 51-year-old Mark Sypien. Sypien was wanted in California for murder. When police arrived in the area, they heard a single gunshot. […]

  • ‘MARRY ME’: The story behind a giant proposal message spotted downtown

    CHICAGO — The message was hard to miss: “MARRY ME” written in the snowy grass of Maggie Daley Park downtown, right next to the ice skating ribbon. It caught the eye of WGN-TV reporter Shannon Halligan as she flew by in SkyCam9, not to mention the many workers and residents with a view of the park from nearby skyscrapers. Shannon tracked down the happy couple behind the message, and spoiler alert: she said yes! The man behind the message is […]

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