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Past articles by Patrick:

20 years later: Remembering the E2 disaster

CHICAGO — Twenty years ago this week, an unthinkable tragedy played out in the South Loop — the E2 nightclub stampede. Twenty-one people were killed and dozens more were injured when a crush of people tried to escape the club at 2347 S. Michigan Ave. after security guards used pepper spray to break up a […] → Read More

Family honors late son and his battle with cancer by helping others

The Andrew Weishar Foundation has raised $1.8 million. → Read More

Marshall Field’s mystery gift from 1985 revealed

CHICAGO — The Marshall Field’s time capsule mystery gift has been revealed. Debbie Katich, of Aurora, was selected to open the wrapped box at Resale Connection in Downers Grove Thursday. She was the lucky winner out of 1100 raffle entrees. The owner of the store, Larry Guenther, acquired the wrapped Marshall Field’s gift from a […] → Read More

Rabbi’s message of hope behind revamp of Ye mural in Fulton Market

“My mentor always taught us to act in a positive way.” → Read More

In evolving world, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum a step back in time

Admission is free Thursday for Illinois residents. → Read More

Private prayer service to be held for Chicago’s ‘Walking Man’

CHICAGO — A homeless man who died months after being set on fire will be remembered at a private prayer service later this month. The ceremony for Joseph Kromelis, known to Chicagoans as the “Walking Man,” will be held on January 23. The 75-year-old was doused with flammable liquid as he slept on Lower Wabash […] → Read More

Community helps West Chicago coffee shop after big deal falls through

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — A west suburban couple has gone from desperation to elation in the matter of a week. Marcus Contaldo and Jenni Trilik own Modest Coffee Roasters and a huge order that should’ve led to better days went from good to worse. But a simple social media blog exploded and now they’re all […] → Read More

Judge vacates woman’s double murder conviction in case tied to disgraced CPD detectives

Madeline Mendoza was 16 at the time of her arrest in 1992. → Read More

Dodge, duck, dip, dive: Chicago kids burn off extra energy at holiday dodgeball tournament

CHICAGO — “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball,” once said Patches O’Houlihan in the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. While there were no wrenches involved Monday, there were plenty of kids dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and dodging some more at 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea’s holiday dodgeball tournament on […] → Read More

Indigenous chef ready to share native cuisine with Chicagoans

Not long ago, Chicago was home to the Native Americans of the Potawatomie Tribe. → Read More

Lifting more than his community, CPD veteran breaks state bench press record

Tommy Harrison has made a name for himself for both his physical and mental → Read More

Bensenville officer who was shot 8 times to be honored with FOP’s Medal of Valor

Officer Kotlewski continues his recovery. → Read More

Operation Cover Chicago toy drive to help thousands of kids in Chicago

CHICAGO — Church of Chicago is gearing up for its 10th Annual Operation Cover Chicago Toy Drive. The goal is to collect 25,000 toys to hand out to an estimated 4,000 kids for Christmas. But the pastor said the tough economy is being reflected in the toy donations this year. “There are children who really […] → Read More

Chicago 7th grader organizes toy drive in memory of best buddy who died of DIPG

CHICAGO — A toy drive spearheaded by a Chicago seventh-grader in memory of his best buddy is helping many in the community. On the city’s South Side, this may be the quintessential version of tough love. Welcome to Letz Box Chicago. It’s a big part of a toy drive that is like no other. “It’s […] → Read More

Cook County property tax hike riles homeowners: ‘What would constitute such a big increase?’

Delayed bills were posted online about two weeks ago. → Read More

Canaryville bikers’ coat drive aims to keep homeless veterans warm for the holidays

Whether a homeless vet decides to leave the streets or not, the mission is still the same. → Read More

Veteran cop fights to address deficiencies within CPD’s mental health program

Is the system broken? WGN’s Patrick Elwood investigates. → Read More

Attorney has seen history made with his decades in election law

WGN’s Patrick Elwood spent some time with Odelson recently and has more. → Read More

Chicago training academy molds future first responders

CFTRPA creates a better understanding between today’s teens and first responders. → Read More

Blue Man Group celebrates 25 years in Chicago

CHICAGO — The Blue Man Group is celebrating 25 years at the Briar Street Theatre on the North Side. Gareth Hinsley has been a Blue Man for the last 16 years after immigrating from England to New York City. He landed in Chicago and has been here ever since. “It’s accessible. It’s about being human,” […] → Read More