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  • ‘There’s such an enormous volume for us to go through, we’re trying to find that one little shipment that sticks out’ – Screening for drugs at Chicago’s airports

    Chicago U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than 24,000 packages of illegal drugs last year at area airports.  Chicago’s Field Office encompasses 12 states. Acting Deputy Director of the Chicago Field Office Matthew S. Davies spoke with WGN’s Ryan Burrow about the types of drugs they’re finding, where they’re coming from, and how they’re being discovered.

  • Photos: “Structural Emergency” on Lake Shore Drive at Randolph

    Northbound Lake Shore Drive is closed at Randolph for what Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications called a “Structural Emergency.” At least one crack was discovered in the steel beams that support the bridge. The bridge will be closed at least through the Monday evening rush hour as crews work to install a temporary support.

  • Cracking Cell Phone Addiction – Part Three

    WGN’s Ryan Burrow talks with Catherine Price, author of the book “How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life.” Catherine talks about when she realized her phone was taking over her life…It all started with doorknobs. She talks about what lures people to certain apps. And she gives some practical tips on how to build a better relationship with your phone.

  • Chicago Police release images in ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett investigation

    Chicago Police have released the images of two people seen in the area where ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett says he was attacked. You can’t see the faces of the two people walking in the surveillance images from around 2am Tuesday morning. Smollett told police he was attacked by two males who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, hit him several times, placed a rope around his neck and poured an unknown liquid substance on him before fleeing the area. […]

  • Cracking Cell Phone Addiction – Part Two

    In Part 2 of the WGN Series: Cracking Cell Phone addiction, Ryan Burrow talks with Dr. Michael Bishop, who is hosting a summer camp specifically focusing on digital addiction.

  • Cracking Cell Phone Addiction – Part One

    WGN’s Ryan Burrow talks with Allison Johnsen, Business & Program Development Manager at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital about some of the issues they’re seeing with cell phone addiction, in Part 1 of the WGN Series “Cracking Cell Phone Addiction”

  • Prosecutors still trying to figure out why Jake Patterson may have targeted Jayme Closs – WGN’s Ryan Burrow talks with ABC’s Alex Perez about the Wisconsin kidnapping and murder case

    Jake Patterson, 21, appears in court for the first time Monday, accused of murdering the parents of Jayme Closs, and kidnapping the girl for nearly three months. Investigators say they believe Patterson targeted Jayme, but it’s still unclear what if any connection there were between the two prior to the October 15th murders of her parents. WGN’s Ryan Burrow spoke with ABC’s Alex Perez who is in Barron County, Wisconsin with the latest.

  • Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been found alive, sheriff says

    BARRON COUNTY, Wis. — Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been found alive, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced Thursday. WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow reports that the Douglas County, WI Sheriff’s Office says Jaime Closs was found in Gordon, Wisconsin.  To this point all investigators are revealing is that she was found after a citizen “phoned in the information.” Closs has been missing since Oct. 15, when her parents were found murdered in their Barron, Wisconsin home. A suspect was taken […]

  • CEO of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on 144 Police Deaths in 2018: ‘These incidents are taking a great toll on officers in Chicago and across the country’

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released a preliminary report citing 144 on-duty law enforcement deaths in 2018, up 12% from 2017. Four Chicago Police officers were killed on duty this year. Commander Paul Bauer, and Officer Samuel Jimenez were fatally shot by suspects. Officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary were killed by a train while pursuing a suspect. It’s the largest single year loss of life by CPD officers since 2010. What makes this year unique is […]

  • Hitting the mark: How retailers are trying to get the most out of YOU this holiday season

    While you’re on the hunt for big deals this holiday shopping season, retailers are hunting for your information. With many big box retailers desperately fighting to survive, they’re leaning on new ways of luring you into stores, and getting information that you may not be aware you’re giving up. From offers of free shipping, to WIFI tracking, even facial recognition, stores are keeping a close eye on your movements, preferences and habits. WGN’s Ryan Burrow goes in depth in with […]

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