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  • Complete series video and audio: Hitting the Reset Button – Chicago’s Video Game Industry

    Audio: In this extended version of our series “Hitting the Reset Button,” WGN’s Brandon Campbell and Producer Karly Free take a look at Chicago’s video game industry. These are the stories of how the city has rebounded since the loss of Midway Games and EA a few years ago, how others are turning their play into profits and how Chicago gamers feel about controversies in the industry. Videos produced by Erik Niewiarowski: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3     […]

  • Cloudiest Chicago December on the books? Tom Skilling says it could happen

    Chicago has seen only about a half hour of sunshine over the past two weeks. WGN’s Tom Skilling explains why the city might not get a break in the clouds until the New Year.

  • Karen Lewis: ‘I’m doing pretty well’

    She’s feeling better. Less than two months after a brain tumor diagnosis, Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis was seen at the union’s headquarters and a meeting this week. Lewis spoke with WGN Radio’s Brandon Campbell saying she could be ready to get back to work by January. She also weighs in on the Chicago mayor’s race, the city’s new minimum wage and the possibility of an elected school board.

  • Barge sinks in Chicago River

    A barge is sinking in the Chicago River. It’s a construction barge that police say may have been overloaded with dirt before it bent then started sinking near the Randolph Street bridge. Chicago Police Sergeant Michael Lazzaro says the Coast Guard is on the way: So far no reports of anyone hurt, but this is at least the second barge to sink in the river this year.

  • VIDEO: Chicago’s Catholics Send Toys to Undocumented Children

    Chicago’s Catholic Charities loaded up a truck with more than 1,300 stuffed animals and hand-written letters all headed to undocumented children in New York. Those Central American children fled to the U.S. to escape violence in their home towns.    

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    Construction barge sinks in Chicago River

    A construction barge sank into the Chicago River, near the LaSalle Street bridge, this morning. It was being used as part of the Chicago Riverwalk renovation project. A team of divers was called out about an hour after the barge started taking on water to figure how it sank and the best way to get it out of the water. Brandon Campbell reports:

  • Run, Forrest. Run. A horse gets loose in Old Town.

    A spotted draft horse — named Forrest Gump for his love of running — broke free from his handler on Wells Street and galloped nearly half a mile before he was corralled by a passerby in Old Town, according to witnesses and the horse’s owner. Click here for more.

  • Naperville Police searching for missing man

    Roger A. Rollo was last seen leaving for work in West Chicago, IL on October 15 at around 6 a.m. Two days later, Rollo’s car was found in downtown Lisle. The car had been parked there since the day of his disappearance, according to a nearby resident.

  • Mayor Emanuel to speak at Hispanic Business Expo

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin will all be speaking during breakfast for this year’s 10th Annual Hispanic Business Expo at Navy Pier. WGN’s Brandon Campbell spoke with Omar Duque, CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event.  

  • Speed cameras coming to Chicago next week

    Speeders beware! New speeding cameras will be installed at four Chicago parks starting next week. Drivers who get caught going at least six miles an hour over posted speed limits will get only warning citations for the first 30 days. After that, $35 tickets will be mailed, and anything exceeding 10 miles per hour over the limit will be tagged for $100 fines. The first four cameras will be installed at Garfield Park on the West side, Gompers Park on […]