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
  • Government agency wants to hear from people blocked by Chicago’s freight train traffic

    CHICAGO — Chicago is known as the congested choke-point for train traffic. Now, the federal government wants to hear from you if you’ve been stuck waiting for trains to pass by. Waiting for too long at a railroad crossing can be a safety hazard, especially for emergency responders. Chicago is the nation’s most congested area for train traffic in the entire country. As it turns out, freight train length has increased in recent years. If you’ve found yourself waiting too […]

  • Drop in temperatures provides frigid Sunday after snow, sleet opened weekend

        CHICAGO — The area is dealing with a sharp drop in temperatures Saturday night after a storm hit Chicago at exactly the wrong time to start the weekend. After Friday night’s snow and sleet, west wind gusts at 45 mph will cause any wet snow and slush to rapidly freeze. Wind chills will be between -10 and -20 Saturday night for the area and over -20 degrees in most of the area by Sunday morning. Snow began falling […]

  • Sureel Dabawala

    Missing Schaumburg woman found dead in trunk of her car in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A missing woman from Schaumburg has been found dead in the trunk of her own car in Chicago. Private investigators hired by the family of 34-year-old Sureel Dabawala found her Monday night in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood. She was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the trunk of her 2011 Lexus sedan. Dabawala was reported missing Jan. 1 after failing to return home on Dec. 30.  Schaumburg police listed Dabawala as an “endangered missing person” […]

  • John Stanley Johnson

    Man, 77, found dead inside house fire in Wrightwood

    CHICAGO — An investigation is underway after a 77-year-old man was found dead inside a house fire on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The fire started around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 3000 block of West 85th Street in the Wrightwood neighborhood. Fire crews responded to the home after calls of a fire, and found a 77-year-old man inside deceased. The man has been identified by his wife as John Stanley Johnson. She said she was at work when the fire started. She […]

  • Cleanup resumes along Chicago lakefront after weekend storm

    CHICAGO — Crews resumed their cleanup work Monday in Chicago following a weekend storm that lashed the city’s lakefront with large waves and high winds, stripping away sections of asphalt along pedestrian paths. The storm Saturday and early Sunday toppled trees and power lines and prompted the cancellation of more than 1,200 flights at Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare international airports. The biggest impact was along the lakefront, where 20-foot-tall (6-meter-tall) waves flooded streets and left portions of Chicago’s lakefront path system in […]

  • Winter Storm Warning in effect; Snow, ice, rain expected

    CHICAGO — A big winter storm could bring dangerous conditions to Chicagoland as we head into the weekend. A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday for McHenry and DeKalb counties. Winter Storm WARNING in effect Fri 9PM-Sun 3AM for pink counties. Mix of freezing rain/sleet is likely this evening, possibly mixed w/ snow overnight. Heavy snow is likely late Sat aft-eve. 3-7" snow totals expected. Travel will be significantly impacted at times. #ilwx — […]

  • Despite new law, camera not yet helping with expressway shootings investigations

    Illinois State Police investigated two separate shootings near area expressways Wednesday. A new law, the Tamara Clayton Camera Act, went into effect January 1 and was supposed to help with highway shooting investigations. The law allows cameras along Cook County expressways and tollways to record video if there’s a shooting. But the representative’s office who helped pass the bill said those cameras still aren’t recording.  Tamara Clayton was the postal worker killed while driving in her car on I-57 last […]

  • Spirits high despite long lines on first day of legal recreational marijuana

    CHICAGO — Some Chicagoans lined up bright and early on New Year’s Day to be the firsts to legally purchase recreational marijuana. Recreational pot became legal in the state on Jan. 1, making Illinois the 11th state to do so. The Sunnyside dispensary opened its doors at 6 a.m. and customers were lined up around the corner to make their purchases and make history. Jackie Ryan was the first customer at the dispensary to make a purchase. Customers must be […]

  • Victim speaks out after multiple late-night assaults on the Red Line this weekend

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for suspects, including a group of young people, after victims reported multiple assaults on the CTA Red Line and its platforms between Sunday night and Monday morning. One of the victims said he was riding the Red Line home from a late night at work — as he’s done for more than a decade — when two men stole his phone and beat him on the train around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. As the train approached […]

  • Officials: At least 24 units damaged after apartment fire in Griffith

    GRIFFITH, Ind. — It took over three hours for officials to put out a large apartment fire in Griffith early Sunday. At around 4 a.m., residents at Park West Apartments, located in the 1100 block of Dylane Drive, were woken up by emergency responders. Fire crews do not believe anyone was seriously hurt and everyone was able to make it out safely, but at least 24 units were damaged or destroyed. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. “I saw someone […]

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