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Past articles by Sarah:

Metra rolls out new train-tracking website

CHICAGO — Metra has rolled out a new real-time train-tracking website. The new site, made possible by a wholesale replacement of Metra’s current train tracking system, is called The project cost $26.7 million and required the installation of new GPS tracking devices and other network equipment on more than 1,000 railcars and in 238 […] → Read More

Cars towed as winter parking ban takes effect across Chicago

CHICAGO — Tow crews are busy pulling cars off the streets affected by Chicago’s “Winter Overnight Parking Ban.” The ban went into effect overnight Thursday and impacts 107 miles of main streets throughout the city, imposing parking restrictions from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. No parking is allowed where signs are posted, even when there’s […] → Read More

Pedestrian struck by Metra train in Arlington Heights

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A pedestrian was struck by a Metra train in Arlington Heights Wednesday morning. The accident involving Metra UP-NW No. 603 happened around 6:30 a.m. at Ridge Avenue and Northwest Highway. The extent of the person’s injuries are unknown at this time. According to Metra, extra UP-NW trains will operate with limited […] → Read More

Wintry conditions cause crashes, spinouts on some Chicago area roads

CHICAGO — A wintry mix Friday caused messy, hazardous travel conditions in some parts of the Chicago area. Scattered bursts of snowfall created slippery and icy conditions on the roads in Northwest Indiana, the south side of Chicago and the southern suburbs. Multiple crashes were reported on area roads, including on eastbound Interstate 94 near […] → Read More

2 semis crash on SB I-55, spilling water bottles, soy beans across roadway; all lanes blocked at I-80

WILL COUNTY, Ill. — A messy crash involving two semi trucks on southbound Interstate 55 has all lanes blocked at I-80 Wednesday morning. According to Illinois State Police, one semi was parked on the shoulder when it was hit by the other. One semi was carrying 50,000 pounds of water and the other semi was carrying […] → Read More

WGN Morning News Podcast

Welcome to the WGN Morning News Podcast! We’ve launch a 12-week podcast and are going in-depth on each of your WGN Morning News favorites: Larry Potash, Robin Baumgarten, Paul Konrad, Pat Tomasulo, Lauren Jiggetts, Dan Ponce, Dean Richards, Ana Belaval, Morgan Kolkmeyer, Sarah Jindra, Marcus Leshock, and Mike Toomey. The WGN Morning News Podcast will drop […] → Read More

Officials urge drivers to avoid I-80 multiple weekends this fall

JOLIET, Ill. — Drivers can expect major lane closures along I-80 in the Joliet area this fall as crews work to patch and repair the expressway. The work is being done to keep the pavement in acceptable condition until the larger I-80 reconstruction project begins in 2023. The Illinois Department of Transportation hopes this planned […] → Read More

What you need to know about this weekend’s Air and Water Show

CHICAGO — The Air and Water show is taking over the city’s lakefront this weekend. The Chicago Air and Water Show is free to attend it runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Avenue Beach is the center point for the show but all along the lakefront, especially Oak Street Beach […] → Read More

Extra-alarm fire destroys business in Shorewood, residents asked to shelter-in-place

SHOREWOOD, Ill. — An extra-alarm fire has completely destroyed a business in Shorewood. The fire started around 4 a.m. Tuesday at a building located at 25520 West Black Road, which is a landscaping supply store and farm. Emergency crews remain on site to battle the massive fire. Shorewood police are asking people nearby to shelter-in-place […] → Read More

The List: Kid friendly ‘fireworks’

Sarah Jindra shared some kid-friendly “fireworks.” Exploding Liquid “Firework” Decorate a bottle of Diet Coke Drop a whole pack of Mentos into the Diet Coke at once and RUN! Rocket “Firework” Decorate a Mini M&M’s container like a rocket; rocket top should be opposite of the container opening Fill container 1/4 of the way with […] → Read More

Strike causes asphalt and concrete shortage in Chicago area

About 300 heavy equipment operators who work in Chicago area quarries are on strike claiming unfair labor practices. The group has been on strike for just over two weeks and now it’s starting to impact construction across the area. The workers help produce sand, gravel and crushed stone, materials essential to making asphalt and […] → Read More

Fire breaks out at Wrigleyville apartment building

CHICAGO — A fire broke out at a Wrigleyville apartment building, according to fire officials. Crews responded to a fire on the 3500 block of North Sheffield Avenue around 7 a.m. Friday. The fire started on the rear porches and was put out about an hour later. Part of the roof deck collapsed down and it appears the top two floors were damaged. The cause of the fire is unknown. No one was injured. → Read More

2 women seriously injured in River North crash

CHICAGO — Two women were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in River North Monday morning, according to police. Police said a dark SUV was traveling westbound in the 300 block of West Ontario Street shortly after 5:30 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, striking a street light pole and then crashing […] → Read More

Shooting investigation shuts down part of Dan Ryan; 1 person hospitalized

CHICAGO — A shooting that left one person wounded shut down part of the Dan Ryan Expressway as police investigated. The shooting happened on the inbound Dan Ryan near 67th Street around 6 a.m. Friday. One person was hospitalized. State police said the person has non-life-threatening injuries All lanes were blocked on the Dan Ryan […] → Read More

4 dead in fiery Harvey crash involving train, car

HARVEY, Ill. — Four people were killed after a train hit a car, causing the car to burst into flames. The Harvey Fire Department and police were called to the scene of an accident at 155th and Halsted streets around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday. A train hit a car that was on the tracks and the […] → Read More

Woman hit by car after I-57 crash

CHICAGO — A woman was hit by a car after she was in a crash on I-57 early Wednesday morning. State police said there was a crash on I-57 near 105th Street around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officials said a woman involved got out of her car and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. The woman […] → Read More

Police investigate fatal crash on I-94 in Indiana; traffic backed up for miles

INDIANA — Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal crash on eastbound Interstate 94 Thursday morning. The accident involving a semi, pick-up truck and van happened before 7 a.m. on EB I-94 at the 36.8 mm. All lanes are blocked just east of US-421 as police investigate the accident. Traffic is backed up for a […] → Read More

Further repairs on I-80 in Joliet to take place this weekend

JOLIET, Ill. — This weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be working to repair a large pothole on EB I-80 on the US-52/Chicago St bridge. On Thursday, crews worked during the morning rush hour to cover the hole with a steel plate, causing large delays with only one lane of traffic getting by. […] → Read More

Long term ramp closure starts this week for central Tri-State project

The Illinois Tollway will close the ramp from Southbound I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) to Westbound I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) starting Thursday, October 21, at 8 p.m. The closure will last through November for ramp and pavement reconstruction. Traffic will be directed to continue southbound on I-294 to eastbound I-290. Drivers will then exit at Mannheim Road […] → Read More

I-90 shooting marks 4th expressway shooting of week, 166th of year

CHICAGO — Police investigated a shooting on the Kennedy Expressway Friday morning, marking the fourth expressway shooting reported this week. Illinois State Police responded to a Chicago police station to speak with a victim of an alleged expressway shooting that happened before 6:30 a.m. on southbound I-90 near Montrose Avenue. The man’s vehicle appeared to […] → Read More