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Past articles by Jenna:

Family seeks justice for Robbins man killed by stolen Kia occupied by 13-year-olds

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office hasn’t filed charges in the case. → Read More

Family of 7-year-old struck, killed by school bus in Park Forest file wrongful death lawsuit

“This was a reckless act that was preventable,” lawyers said. → Read More

Freezing rain and ice knock out power and freeze roads from Arlington Heights to Crystal Lake

“Kind of cold, rainy, and terrible,” said Jim Ray, a Chicago resident, of the weather conditions Wednesday evening. All across the north-to-northwestern suburbs — from Arlington Heights to Crystal Lake and beyond — ice blanketed street signs, trees, power lines and streets, knocking out power for Chicagoland residents, and creating hazardous travel conditions along the […] → Read More

Woman struck, pinned under FedEx truck in deadly pedestrian crash in Chicago’s Loop

No word on if any citations were issued. → Read More

Highland, Indiana officer fires shots during shoplifting call

An officer-involved shooting during a shoplifting call is under investigation in Highland, Indiana, according to police. Police said an officer did fire shots. It's not clear if anyone was injured. → Read More

Oak Lawn police officer charged in filmed beating of teen: report

At this time, the two other officers involved have not been charged. → Read More

Street cleaning program suspended in Evanston after fight caught on video

Police say charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. → Read More

Crime takes center stage at latest Chicago mayoral forum

CHICAGO — With three weeks to go for mayoral candidates to separate themselves from the pack, crime once again took center stage at WTTW’s Chicago Mayoral Forum Tuesday. WGN’s Jenna Barnes breaks down the action and how eight out of the nine candidates running for mayor positioned themselves on several key topics. → Read More

‘We are in peril’: How skyrocketing property taxes are threatening the future of one Chicago neighborhood

Homeowners in Pilsen saw an average 47% increase in their property tax bills. → 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

Pilsen homeowners speak out over inflated property tax bills

CHICAGO — Homeowners in Pilsen voiced their frustrations to the Cook County Assessor’s Office over property tax bills which they said were 2-3 times higher than expected. “My property tax bill went from $3200 to $11,100,” said Pat Gonzales. So many homeowners, like Gonzales, have been affected by sky-high property tax hikes like hers, that […] → 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

School district in Willow Springs under fire for considering sale of green space to industrial developer

WILLOW SPRINGS, Ill. — A school district in Willow Springs is considering the sale of a green space bordering an elementary school to an industrial development company, much to the displeasure of local residents. “We go for nature walks, we take the kids, we take the dogs up there,” said Mary Lenzen, a local mother […] → Read More

UIC faculty strike looms as negotiations drag on

CHICAGO — One week into the winter semester at the University of Illinois-Chicago, collective bargaining negotiations have stalled heading into their final day, with a strike looming Tuesday if a deal isn’t struck Monday night. According to a UIC United Faculty Spokesperson, the school’s administration and the faculty union are far apart on several topics, […] → Read More

String of robberies and carjackings has South Side seniors concerned

CHICAGO — Concerns over the safety of senior citizens in Calumet Heights and South Deering have grown after at least a dozen robberies and carjackings that happened in the neighborhoods over a week ago. According to police — in each instance — a group of offenders approach the victims while armed with handguns and demanded […] → Read More

Video shows masked group break into Roselle car dealership

Anyone with information is asked to call (708) 865-4896. → Read More

Sheriffs across Illinois push back against bill banning assault weapons

One day after Governor JB Pritzker signed the Protect Illinois Communities Act into law, some state law enforcement leaders are already refusing to enforce it. The sheriffs in 14 counties — including Kankakee, Grundy and McHenry — released similarly worded statements Wednesday, saying the right to keep and bear arms is an inalienable right. “I, […] → Read More

ISP: Plane lands on I-355 near Bolingbrook

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — A small passenger plane made an emergency landing on I-355 Tuesday afternoon. According to Illinois State Police, the small passenger plane landed on I-355 at Boughton Road near Bolingbrook, Illinois without crashing. ISP said there have been no injuries reported at this time. Stay with WGN News as this article will be […] → Read More

Police release video of Christmas smash-and-grab on Mag Mile

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department released security camera footage Tuesday of a group of men breaking into and robbing a luxury fashion store on the Magnificent Mile on Christmas day. According to police, the snatch-and-grab happened around 4:30 a.m. when three guys pulled up in a white van with two blue trash cans in […] → Read More

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Deputy, local residents help save dog that fell through ice

KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. — When neighbors in the small town of Cabery, Illinois noticed a dog in distress Monday morning, they called police to help rescue the dog, who had fallen through the ice on a local pond. A video on Facebook shows Kankakee County Sheriff’s Sergeant Russell Belcher responded to the call, and with […] → Read More