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Northwest Indiana food bank sets organization record for turkey donations ahead of Thanksgiving

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Several events in Northwest Indiana aimed to give families a happy Thanksgiving ahead of the holiday season this week. Attorney Ken Allen partnered with the food bank to help 1200 families in need with several events in Northwest Indiana. “I take it seriously our responsibility is to the community to try to […] → Read More

UIC professor talks emotional weight of Thanksgiving for Native Americans

CHICAGO — UIC professor Hayley Negron joins us in the studio to examine the narrative behind the Thanksgiving holiday and how for many Native Americans, it is a day of mourning. → Read More

Adoptions finalized in special ceremony in honor of National Adoption Day

COOK COUNTY, Ill. — Court filing fees for adoptions in Cook County have long been three times that of fees in DuPage, Will and McHenry counties, until they were cut from $265 to $89 on Tuesday. The change came just in time for National Adoption Day on Saturday and an event on Friday where multiple […] → Read More

Suburban cultural center to honor Native American veterans

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — As we reflect on the contributions of veterans, this weekend and year-round, a cultural center is making sure the stories of Native Americans who served this country are not forgotten. Julia Kelly is the CEO of the Trickster Cultural Center in Schaumburg and a veteran. She said a key part of their […] → Read More

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois partners with West Side high school for Community Care Fair

CHICAGO — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois partnered with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to give West Side families an opportunity to focus on their health and get their hands on some turkeys ahead of the holidays. “It’s really important to bring awareness and to bring access for health to the community,” said […] → Read More

Veteran’s Day commemoration ceremony being held at Soldier Field

CHICAGO — On this Veterans Day, those who have served in our nation’s military are being honored at Soldier Field. The ceremony will end with a wreath laying at the American Doughboy sculpture at Soldier Field. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the crowd we cannot take for granted that being in the military is a […] → Read More

GOP predicts midterm wins; Biden warns of democracy threats

MIAMI (AP) — Republicans are eyeing major gains in Tuesday’s elections and appealing to supporters over the campaign’s final weekend to punish Democrats for high inflation and crime rates that have risen in some parts of the country. President Joe Biden and his two most recent Democratic White House predecessors warned that GOP victories could undermine the very future […] → Read More

Paul Lisnek on congressional races tightening

Paul Lisnek was in the studio Sunday morning to discuss the congressional races tightening with ‘big dogs’ Biden and Harris visiting the predominately blue state. → Read More

Smashing pumpkins: Plant Chicago helps let out some aggression while reducing waste

CHICAGO — Instead of being tossed in the trash, it was time to Hulk smash, as one Chicago organization offered an alternative way to dispose of Halloween pumpkins, helping reduce landfill waste in the process. Plant Chicago held its annual pumpkin smash event in the Back of the Yards Saturday where the goal has always […] → Read More

Chicago Children’s Choir rebrands to Uniting Voices Chicago

CHICAGO — The Chicago Children’s Choir has changed its name to ‘Uniting Voices Chicago’ to expand their goals and values as an organization. The Chicago Children’s Choir has helped thousands of young people find their voice for decades. Wren Pfetcher, a participant of over nine years, thinks the name change fits the organization better. “We […] → Read More

50 years since Illinois Central Train: A survivor shares her story

CHICAGO — Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the deadliest train crash in Chicago’s history. Forty five people were killed in the Illinois Central Train crash on October 30, 1972. Louise Lawarre was among more than 300 injured. At the time, she was headed to work. “I got on my train with my book. I […] → Read More

Teacher shows students the Latin language is full of life

CHICAGO — WGN’s October Teacher of the Month is making Latin relatable and fun for students at St. Rita of Cascia High School. Mr. William Dolan is helping students make historical connections, fueled by his curiosity and passion for teaching and learning. The Latin language is pulsing with life for his students. “I would certainly […] → Read More

Pilsen ‘Day of the Dead’ exhibit honoring lost loved ones

CHICAGO — The National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen is hosting a Day of the Dead exhibition honoring the lives of lost loved ones who died from COVID-19. Thousands of people visited to see the annual ‘Día de los Muertos’ exhibition with memories and offerings displayed to continue sharing the stories of loved ones […] → Read More

Former president of AT&T Illinois pleads not guilty

CHICAGO — An attorney for AT&T Illinois entered a not guilty plea in federal court Friday. The company is charged with using an interstate facility to promote legislative misconduct. Under a deferred prosecution agreement, the charge will be dropped in two years, if the company meets the terms. AT&T Illinois admitted wrongdoing and agreed to […] → Read More

Open House Chicago: Significant sites in North Lawndale

CHICAGO — When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved his family to Chicago to fight for fair housing, he spent a lot of his time at Stone Temple Baptist Church. Stone Temple Baptist is one several significant landmarks and buildings that the public can tour this weekend as a part of the touring series, Open […] → Read More

Daffodils planted in Northbrook as a part of Holocaust memorial

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Hundreds of daffodils were planted in suburban Northbrook Sunday as part of a living memorial for the children murdered during the Holocaust. Holocaust survivor Gdalina Novitsky helped plant seeds of remembrance outside the Jewish Community Center’s Chicago center in Northbrook. “Daffodil is a very resilient plant like Jewish people — like people […] → Read More

Sunday Brunch celebrates ‘Crustoberfest’

By combining National Pizza Month (October) and Oktoberfest festivities, Crust Brewing created a specialty “Crustoberfest” Bavarian Pizza topped with sausage and sauerkraut on a salted pretzel crust. Also, for what it’s worth, Sunday happens to also be National Pizza & Beer Day. We were joined by Crust Brewing’s general manager, Brad Cool and pizza chef, […] → Read More

Bridgeport non-profit expands facilities to support inclusive artistry

CHICAGO — A Bridgeport non-profit that supports inclusive artistry is expanding. Project Onward — a non-profit art studio that currently works with more than 60 adults with developmental disabilities or mental illness — celebrated the opening of a brand new, 900-square-foot ceramic sculpture studio a floor above their main studio and gallery in the Bridgeport […] → Read More

Special rededication ceremony held for Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park

CHICAGO — After a renovation years in the making, Cardinal Blase Cupich blessed the grounds of the former Our Lady of the Angels Outreach Center Sunday. The ceremony was held on the 62-year anniversary of the original dedication ceremony of the school building that burned down in a 1958 fire. Ninety-five people died in the […] → Read More

‘Every girl is a CEO:’ Mentoring program aims to help girls achieve dreams in skilled trades

CHICAGO — The Pilsen-based mentoring program, Polished Pebbles, is opening doors to expose Chicago girls and young women to careers in construction, manufacturing and the trades. Polished Pebbles Executive Director Kelly Fair started the mentoring program to help girls develop vital communication skills on the path to a variety of future careers. “We wanted to […] → Read More