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Alyssa Donovan


Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Alyssa:

Westmont public works employee dies after being trapped in water main vault

WESTMONT, Ill. — A public works employee in Westmont died Thursday after being trapped in an underground water main vault for nearly an hour. At around 11:45 a.m., public safety personnel responded to the intersection of 60th Street and Deming Place on the report of a crisis situation. It was determined that a public works […] → Read More

‘Nowhere to go’: Unhoused people staying at O’Hare International Airport look for shelter

CHICAGO — The City of Chicago is addressing the unhoused population at O’Hare International Airport Friday night after an alderman called out the mayor for not dealing with the problem. After Ald. Ray Lopez pointed out the increasing homeless population at the airport, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would address the problem and move […] → Read More

1st annual Mongo Bowl helps benefit a former Bear’s battle against ALS

DES PLAINES, Ill. — The Chicago Bears may not have been in the Big Game, but that didn’t stop a former player from being the star of a viewing party fundraiser ahead of the Big Game Sunday. The first annual Steve McMichael ‘Mongo Bowl’ kicked off before the Big Game at the Des Plaines Theatre […] → Read More

‘Breaks my heart’: Loved ones mourn business owner fatally shot on South Side

No one is in custody. → Read More

Woodlawn residents still frustrated over plans to house migrants at old school as migrants start moving in

CHICAGO — The City of Chicago started busing migrants and shelter staff into the old Wadsworth Elementary School on Thursday. One of the three buses to come to the school was briefly stopped by frustrated residents who don’t want the migrants housed there. “We weren’t going to let the bus come in,” Luis Cardona said. […] → Read More

Man, woman found shot to death inside South Side home

CHICAGO — Two people were found shot to death in a home on Chicago’s far south side Friday. According to police, officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 9500 block of South Bennett Avenue in Jeffrey Manor around 2 p.m. Tactical units entered the residence and discovered a 47-year-old woman with a […] → Read More

Nearly 50 residents displaced after high-rise apartment fire in Chicago

CHICAGO — One person is dead, nine people are injured and nearly 50 people are displaced after a high-rise apartment fire Wednesday in Chicago. The fire happened at the Harper Square Cooperative in the 4800 block of South Lake Park. Residents who watched the fire spread through the building said the whole day has been […] → Read More

Highland Park City Council moves forward on permanent memorial for parade shooting victims

HIGHLAND PARK — A temporary memorial next to Highland Park City Hall recognizes the lives lost during the 4th of July parade mass shooting that happened more than six months ago. Monday, city council discussed their plans to create a permanent one. “Our hearts continue to ache for the victims and survivors,” said Highland Park […] → Read More

Judge suspends Illinois’ assault weapon ban for those who filed lawsuit

CHICAGO — An judge has temporarily suspended Illinois’ assault weapon ban for the more than 800 people who filed the lawsuit against the state. Following the judge’s decision, Gov. JB Pritzker said the decision isn’t surprising. “Although disappointing, it is the initial result we’ve seen in many cases brought by plaintiffs whose goal is to […] → Read More

Study: Chicago is most congested city in the country, 2nd in the world

CHICAGO — It’s not Los Angeles or New York City that has people stuck in traffic the longest. Turns out, the Windy City takes the cake. According to the analytics firm Inrix, the average Chicago driver lost 155 hours sitting in traffic in 2022, up from 104 hours in 2021, and marking the second year […] → Read More

Firefighter OK after falling through floor while battling West Side house fire; 2nd firefighter suffers knee injury

CHICAGO — A Chicago firefighter is OK after falling through the second-floor of a house into the basement while battling a fire in the city’s North Lawndale neighborhood. A second firefighter is hospitalized in good condition with a knee injury. The blaze broke out in the back of a home on the 1200 block of […] → Read More

Saturday Forecast: Mostly cloudy and mid 40s

Saturday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. Highs will be into the upper 30s and low 40s Saturday Night: By the late evening and overnight light rain showers are possible with some light snow mixing in at times. Sunday: Temperatures Sunday morning will start out in the 30s with Highs into the mid 40s by the […] → Read More

Pilsen residents protest property tax hike as deadline for payment nears

With the late rollout, residents and commercial property owners said there was little time to appeal their bills. → Read More

Unseasonable warmth replaces frigid temps, but plumbers still flooded with calls

With the warmer temperatures comes the thaw. → Read More

Cold night for annual midnight mass at Holy Name Cathedral

CHICAGO — Parishioners braved single digits to pack Holy Name Cathedral for its annual midnight mass. The service was led by Cardinal Blase Cupich. WGN’s Alyssa Donovan has more above. → Read More

Vigil honors teen shot and killed on City’s West Side

CHICAGO — Family and friends gathered Monday to honor a teenage girl who was shot and killed on the City’s West Side last Friday. CPD said just before 6 p.m. Friday two teens were inside an apartment building in the 100 block of North Oakley Street when they were struck by gunfire from outside. 16-year-old […] → Read More

2 teens stuck by gunfire while inside West Side apartment

CHICAGO — Two teens were shot while they were inside an apartment on Chicago’s West Side Friday. According to police, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old were inside a residence in the 100 block of North Oakley around 5:50 p.m. when they were struck by bullets that were fired outside the home. The 16-year-old was […] → Read More

8 cars stolen from Arlington Heights collision shop

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., — Police in Arlington Heights are looking for a group of thieves who robbed at least two body shops last week. Arlington Heights Collision was broken into by a group of thieves who stole five vehicles the same night vehicles were also stolen from another body shop less than a mile away. […] → Read More

Video shows brazen theft of luxury vehicles from Northwest Side auto shop

No one is in custody. → Read More

Monday Forecast: Temps in low 40s with drizzle

Monday: Areas of drizzle and light showers through noon. winds 5-10. High: 40 Monday Night: temps will stay in the 40s Tuesday: Cloudy skies with increasing winds ahead of approaching storm system, winds 10 -20 mph and gusts near 30 → Read More