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.
Des Plaines, Ill. — There are only a handful of neighbors left on Big Bend Drive, near the banks of the Des Plaines River. After major floods covered the neighborhood in 2008 and 2013, FEMA offered buyouts to homeowners. Many packed up and moved out, but Mike Ostrowski remains in the home he built 50 years ago. “Every brick, every board in this place, we watched put together. It was a wonderful experience,” Ostrowski said. But after days of rain and […]
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Saturday was a fairly dry day around the Chicago area but water levels were still a major concern about flooding in areas along the Des Plaines River. For Lincolnshire residents like Erick Gatt, the flooding is nothing new. “There’s a lot of veterans who have been here for many years and they’re used to it,” he said. “And they may know to move their cars away from the street in case the street does flood and they […]
CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy was shot multiple times while walking to school on the Far South Side. The shooting happened Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m. on 90th Street and Brandon Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood. Police said the teen was walking to school when he was shot. He was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition. No motive for the shooting has been released, and no arrests have been made. “Any time we have violence within our […]
CHICAGO — Lawmakers hoped with an additional $89 million dollars in funding, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services would be able to improve and change. But after a hearing Tuesday about the use and results of this funding, legislators and public guardians said DCFS continues to fall short. That has lawmakers asking questions and calling for accountability. “So the hearing was supposed to be about how DCFS is using the additional $89 million that were appropriated,” Cook County […]
CHICAGO — Spanning a half mile, the Renegade Craft Fair packed 400 vendors onto Division Street over the weekend in Wicker Park. Among them is Lydia Crespo, who started Argaman and Defiance to design one-of-a-kind fabrics and apparel. “What I’m doing is I hand paint and dye everything, so they’re all going to be completely unique from one another. They’re super cozy and they’re perfect for a Chicago winter,” Crespo said. Since it started in Chicago 17 years ago, the […]
GLENWOOD, Ill. — A child was taken to the hospital after what police said appears to be an accidental shooting in a south suburban home. Glenwood police said a sergeant was flagged down Saturday by a driver with a toddler who suffered a gunshot wound to the hand. The child, who police said they believer to be around 2-years-old, was taken to the hospital. Police said the shooting took place inside a home and their preliminary investigation indicates the shooting […]
CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released video Friday from a police-involved shooting inside an apartment on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Police had been searching for Luis Vasquez, 42, after two people said he carjacked and kidnapped them from Elgin and later drove them to the house on Grand Avenue. As part of the investigation, on July 8, 2019, officers entered a home in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue. The body camera video shows officers entering the […]
GLENVIEW, Ill. — A nurse at a north suburban hospital is accused of sexually abusing two patients. David Giurgiu, 26, of Glencoe has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse. He was arrested Wednesday after two female patients at NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview reported him. According to prosecutors, the first victim was a 75-year-old woman. She reported Giurgiu exposed himself and performed a sexual act on her during her hospital stay in November of last […]
CHICAGO — Chicago Police released new crime statistics overnight. According to their numbers, there were 46 murders reported in August. That’s a 23% decrease in murders from August of last year. The number of total shootings also decreased, by 19%. This marks the lowest number of August murders and shootings since 2011. Police credit several initiatives for this reduction, including an operation with Mayor Lori Lightfoot using an “all hands on deck” strategy this summer. It focused on 60 neighborhood […]
CHICAGO — Most people use this long weekend to relax, fire up the grill and enjoy the end of summer, but some see the holiday as a chance to celebrate the “labor” in “Labor Day.” “Chicago is the hometown of the American labor movement. We celebrate Labor Day because of everything that happened in this city,” said Don Villar, Chicago Federation of Labor. On Saturday, labor unions and families joined in a parade and fest on the Southeast Side in […]