Jenna Barnes, WGN TV News

Jenna Barnes


Chicago, IL, United States

Contact Jenna

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • WGN TV News

Recent articles by Jenna:

No answers 2 months after boy, 3, killed in West Lawn road rage incident

Mateo Zastro would have turned four in December. → Read More

Elgin day care center teacher accused of sexual abuse

KANE COUNTY, Ill. — A day care teacher in Elgin has been accused of sexual abuse on at least two occasions. Authorities allege Frank Walaitis, 57, sexually abused two children, who were younger than 13, while employed at The Learning Tree. Walaitis was the victims’ teacher and authorities allege the abuse took place between Dec. […] → Read More

University of Chicago head coach Julianne Sitch becomes first woman to lead men’s soccer team to NCAA Final Four

CHICAGO — University of Chicago men’s soccer head coach Julianne Sitch is going where no woman has gone before. The Maroon’s trailblazing head coach became the first woman to lead a men’s soccer program — across any division — to an NCAA Final Four appearance. Sitch, a native to Oswego, Illinois, former All-American at DePaul […] → Read More

2022 Aurora Festival of Lights open through Christmas Day

AURORA — The holiday season has officially arrived in Aurora as the ribbon for the Festival of Lights was cut Friday. The festival is one of the largest free drive-thru light displays in the region. A million lights are spread out over a one-mile route through Phillips Park. There is no cost for admission, you […] → Read More

Thanksgiving travel rush is back with some new habits

The Thanksgiving travel rush was back on this year, as people caught planes in numbers not seen in years, setting aside inflation concerns to reunite with loved ones and enjoy some normalcy after two holiday seasons marked by COVID-19 restrictions. Changing habits around work and play, however, might spread out the crowds and reduce the […] → Read More

‘Don’t know what to do’: Tinley Park food pantry closed after fire

TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Monday should have been the busiest day of the year at Together We Cope’s food pantry – but instead the nonprofit is closed because of damage from a fire. At around 7:30 a.m., Executive Director Kathryn Straniero received a call from the mayor with news of the fire. The flames were […] → Read More

‘A Christmas Story Christmas’ holds advanced screening in Chicago

CHICAGO — As winter weather popped up around Chicagoland, a special holiday treat made its debut in the Loop. A red carpet was rolled out at the Chicago Cultural Center where an advance screening of the new ‘A Christmas Story’ took place Tuesday evening. Dubbed ‘A Christmas Story Christmas,’ the sequel is arriving nearly 40 […] → Read More

15-year-old in critical condition after being shot in North Lawndale laundromat

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot inside a North Lawndale laundromat Monday evening. Police said the shooting happened in the 3100 block of West Roosevelt Road around 7:55 p.m. when two unknown offenders entered the business, took out guns and shot at the victim, who was taken to […] → Read More

Doctors concerned over COVID-19 increase ahead of Thanksgiving

CHICAGO — Doctors are concerned after an increase in COVID-19 cases around the area. It’s not just Chicago and Cook County that are now seeing medium transmission of COVID-19 — but also DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties. It coincides with a surge in RSV and the start of flu season. The Chicago Department of […] → Read More

Construction halted after noose discovered at Obama Presidential Center worksite; $100K reward

CHICAGO — Construction has been halted at the Obama Presidential Center worksite after a noose was discovered. Lakeside Alliance, the construction company behind the center, said they were informed Thursday morning and police were called. The company is suspending operations onsite “in order to provide another series of these trainings and conversations for all staff […] → Read More

Palos Heights community honors high school soccer player with vigil in his memory

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — “How are you just so carefree and happy all the time?” said Kadence Jones. “And then he told me, ‘Kadence, life is too short to have a worry in the world. You don’t know what tomorrow will bring you, and so, you just have to live your life.’” Those were words of […] → Read More

U of C: 7 suspected druggings of drinks reported since September

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago issued an alert Thursday following seven reports of suspected drugging of drinks at parties. The suspected drugging of drinks began being reported in late September with the latest incident reported on Oct. 28. In that incident, an undergraduate student said that they suspected a drug was put in their […] → Read More

Serial sex offender accused of abusing more women across Chicago

David Bucker was arrested Tuesday and faced a judge Thursday. → Read More

COPA releases video of gunfire exchange, CPD officer fatally shooting a suspect

CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released video and other material related to a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened back in October today. According to police, the video is from Oct. 2 in Old Town near the 400 block of West Blackhawk Street and began when officers were alerted that an individual was […] → Read More

2 killed, 2 seriously hurt in crash involving school bus in Kane County, authorities say

SkyCam 9 flew over the scene. → Read More

CPD officer facing felony charges in 2021 Taser incident on Northwest Side

CHICAGO — A veteran Chicago Police officer was charged with two felonies Thursday, more than a year after he allegedly used a Taser on an unarmed man who was cooperating with the officer’s orders. Marco Simonetti, 58, was arrested Wednesday night at the CPD’s First District station in the South Loop, according to court records. He […] → Read More

Despite passed ordinance, concerns remain after SW Side deadly drag race shooting

Officers say each of those killed had a gang affiliation. → Read More

Video shows man walking away with stolen dog on West Side

Pluto is a 5-year-old dog and in need of his medication, family says. → Read More

‘It’s unacceptable’: Couple celebrating birthday targeted in West Loop armed robbery spree

The robbers made off with the victim’s Louis Vuitton purse, her wallet, and the male victim’s cash. → Read More

Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color. He is also calling on governors to issue similar pardons for those convicted of state marijuana offenses, which […] → Read More