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  • Person questioned in murder of 24-year-old Joliet bartender

    JOLIET, Ill. – Will County detectives say a person of interest questioned in the murder of a bartender has hired a lawyer and is no longer talking to them. Kaitlyn Kearns, 24 of Mokena, Illinois,  was last seen early Monday when she finished her bartending shift at Woody’s Bar in Joliet. She told friends she was going to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club about a mile away. Kearns’ body, with a single gunshot wound to the head, was found along with […]

  • Violence against nurses in hospitals not routinely tracked, reported

    CHICAGO — Violence against nurses in hospitals has become an epidemic. A federal report found 21 percent of nurses report verbal abuse, physical assault, and even rape. Most of the time it’s patients who attack. In the wake of two separate hostage incidents at suburban hospitals this summer, WGN Investigates has found hospitals are not regularly tracking violence against its nurses or sharing it with the public. Moreover, while nurses say they are frequently attacked, sometimes even sexually assaulted, they […]

  • Campus Check In: It’s Senior Day for Northwestern and Notre Dame

    EVANSTON – When the final home game arrives for every team in the country, the stories of the seniors tend to take over. Northwestern is no exception. There’s Tyler Lancaster, one of the few if not the only defensive lineman in the country wearing the No. 1. He was a highly-rated offensive lineman Plainfield East but switched to the defensive line upon arriving in Evanston. Lancaster’s thrived in that position, rising up the ranks with his play and leadership to […]

  • Emanuel, Johnson highlight drop in shootings amid latest police controversy

    CHICAGO — Speaking for the first time since 15 men were exonerated after they were allegedly framed by a corrupt former police sergeant, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson pledged to investigate police misconduct while highlighting a drop in shootings so far this year. Weighing in on the controversy surrounding former Sgt. Ronald Watts, Johnson said the department is taking a close look at officers still on the force who may have been a part of Watts’ crew. “There […]

  • Driver killed in shooting on Dan Ryan; passengers including child hurt in crash

    CHICAGO – Police are investigating a shooting on the Dan Ryan that left one man dead and three people injured, including a small child, after their vehicle crashed into a wall on the expressway Thursday evening. According to the Illinois State Police, two vehicles traveling northbound on I-94 were seen swerving in and out of traffic at 51st St. during rush hour. Around 5:15 p.m. police say shots were heard, and one of the vehicles, struck by gunfire, went off […]

  • Experts predict the worst times to drive in Chicago as holiday travel surges this year

    CHICAGO — Whether it’s at the airport, over the roads, or on the rails, a new AAA report out Thursday predicts more than 50 million people will travel 50 miles or more next week, making up the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in 12 years. The result: experts say travel times over the long weekend could be three times as long as normal. Most travel will happen on the roads. AAA and global transportation analytics company INRIX are predicting huge traffic jams in […]

  • DNA tests can provide a roadmap towards weight loss, experts say

    CHICAGO — For part two of WGN’s look at whether DNA diets, assignment desk editor Diona Donelson bought three kits online  and sent in her own DNA samples. She then waited for results and shared with us which ones she liked best and why. Their conclusions about fitness and nutrition was largely the same across the board and Diona tried them all for 30 days.  Her goal was to lose weight – and look good for her wedding. She tested DNA […]

  • Police raid motorcycle club after woman last seen at nearby Joliet bar found murdered

    KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. — Police say a missing 24-year-old Mokena woman was found murdered in a rural area of Kankakee County Thursday. Kaitlyn Kearns was last seen at about 1:30 a.m. Monday when she finished her bartending shift at Woody’s Bar in Joliet. She never made it home, and never showed up for her other job on Tuesday morning. Her body, with a single gunshot wound to the head, was found along with her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a rural area […]

  • As expected, pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis reject qualifying offers from the Cubs

    CHICAGO – Now things officially get really interesting for the Cubs’ two biggest free agents this offseason. Yet most people counted on this option happening right from the start. As expected, Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis rejected their qualifying offers to be come free agents. The duo are apart of nine players in Major League Baseball who rejected their possible one-year, $17.4 million contracts in order to test the waters of free agency. Should the Cubs not re-sign […]

  • Arthur Arkush looks ahead to the Bears-Lions game on Sports Feed

    CHICAGO – So much for that excitement for the second half of the Bears’ season. Over the course of 60 minutes against the Packers, it faded away as Brett Hundley led the short-handed team over John Fox’s squad at a rainy Soldier Field last Sunday. It’s dampened the sprits of fans who saw glimmers of hope from the team after a stronger showing in October and has put the team at 3-6 heading into Sunday’s division match-up with the Lions. […]

  • Michael Singer looks back at the first month of the Bulls’ season on Sports Feed

    CHICAGO – Somehow, someway the first month of the Bulls’ season has gone maybe a little worse than people thought. The team was expected to struggle, but without Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis for a while due to their fight, the team has won just 2 of their first 12 games. In the first year of the team’s all-out rebuild, it appears they’re well on their way to being in the running for the top pick in next June’s NBA […]