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Remembering the Great Chicago Flood 28 years later

Remembering the Great Chicago Flood 28 years later

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- 28 years ago an unforgettable disaster happened in Chicago's Loop when more than 200 million gallons of water from the Chicago River flooded tunnels underneath the city.Monday marks the 28th anniversary of the Great Chicago Flood.On April 13, 1992, nearly 250 million gallons of water rushed into the Loop's underground system after a construction crew accidentally breached an old freight train tunnel..The leak even flooded the Kennedy Expressway at Hubbard's cave before crews were able to stop the water flow.Engineers...

April 13, 2020
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Illinois prisoners sick with COVID-19 "overwhelm" Joliet hospital

Illinois prisoners sick with COVID-19 "overwhelm" Joliet hospital

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel and Ross Weidner JOLIET (WLS) -- There is a crisis within a crisis that could kill dozens of state prison inmates according to the medical director of a Joliet hospital now struggling to deal with COVID-19 victims.The past few days, infected inmates at the Stateville Correctional Center have been taken to the closest hospital at Saint Joseph Medical Center for emergency treatment.The hospital's medical director, Dr. John Walsh, said they have been "overwhelmed" by inmates suffering from the effects of coronavirus."This is a...

March 31, 2020
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62M gloves arrive at O'Hare to distribute PPE nationwide through FEMA's Supply Chain Task Force

62M gloves arrive at O'Hare to distribute PPE nationwide through FEMA's Supply Chain Task Force

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- More than 64 million gloves were flown into O'Hare International Airport this weekend as part of FEMA's efforts to rapidly distribute critical resources where they are needed most.The Supply Chain Task Force is working with major commercial distributors, such as Project Air Bridge, to execute a strategy maximizing the availability of critical protective and lifesaving resources through FEMA for a whole-of-America response.Their efforts focus on reducing the medical supply chain capacity gap to both satisfy and...

April 12, 2020
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Unused coronavirus tests missing after SUV stolen on South Side

Unused coronavirus tests missing after SUV stolen on South Side

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Jeep Cherokee with coronavirus test kits inside was stolen on Chicago's South Side Thursday night, police said.A woman left the Jeep parked and running at a gas station in the 5500-block of South Wells Street and went into the store. A man got in and took off.The woman is a lab employee and was transporting the test kits in the trunk of the SUV.The SUV was later found in the 200-block of East 68th Street at about 12:20 a.m. The woman and a relative found the car undamaged and alerted officers.Two men inside the vehicle got out and fled on...

April 10, 2020
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Musicians put spin on 'Sweet Home Chicago' with 'Stay Home Chicago'

Musicians put spin on 'Sweet Home Chicago' with 'Stay Home Chicago'

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- Throughout this pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been finding creative ways to encourage people to "stay home and save lives."Now many artists in Chicago are helping spread that message with a new spin on the song "Sweet Home Chicago." This is "Stay Home Chicago."White Mystery, Carly and Martina, Todd Kessler and Maeve and Quinn are just some of the artists who contributed.hey , listen up 🤗 wants us all to because together we can 🙌 we wanna hear your voices!! post your own vids of “stay home chicago” w/ the...

April 17, 2020
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Coronavirus News: Woman credits experimental drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 recovery

Coronavirus News: Woman credits experimental drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 recovery

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan -- A woman who was treated with an experimental drug to fight the coronavirus is sharing her recovery story."Once my fever was gone, it was gone, that was it," Suzanne Schwing said.Schwing is smiling again and with good reason. She spent 10 days in a hospital room after she was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, where she was diagnosed with COVID-19."I was never on a ventilator, fortunately, and at one point, even with the Tylenol, my temperature reached 104, apparently, which I found out when the...

April 4, 2020
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Federal judge gives no immediate relief to Chicago police working 'non-stop shifts'

Federal judge gives no immediate relief to Chicago police working 'non-stop shifts'

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy Chuck Goudie, Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel and Ross Weidner CHICAGO (WLS) -- The major union representing Chicago police officers on Wednesday afternoon asked a federal judge to issue an emergency order restoring their days off, claiming that many have worked 16 days in a row and some more than 25 straight days. Instead, U.S. District Court Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. took the matter under advisement and asked for a response from the city by June 23 and a reply from the Fraternal Order of Police by June 26.In an interview with the I-Team on Wednesday, Fraternal...

June 17, 2020
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Illinois coronavirus: DuPage County mayors ask governor for extended stay-at-home order exemption to reopen businesses

Illinois coronavirus: DuPage County mayors ask governor for extended stay-at-home order exemption to reopen businesses

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- A coalition of mayors from DuPage County have written a letter to Governor JB Pritzker asking to be exempted from the extended stay-at-home order and reopen businesses.There's a skeleton crew staffing the chef-owned restaurant Allegory In Naperville, running the place on bare bones.RELATED: "Sales are down 75 to 80 percent depending on the week," said chef and owner Chris Mason.They've kept the burners lit and the doors somewhat open through the unsteady pace of curbside pickup. But it's not nearly enough."We've been devastated to the...

April 30, 2020
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Coronavirus Chicago: House party video surfaces allegedly showing big group violating COVID-19 rules; Pritzker responds

Coronavirus Chicago: House party video surfaces allegedly showing big group violating COVID-19 rules; Pritzker responds

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and CHICAGO (WLS) -- After a video surfaced allegedly showing a large house party in Chicago, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker warned that those violating social distancing guidelines are "literally putting everyone around you in danger."Gov. Pritzker responded to the reports of the house party at his daily COVID-19 briefing Sunday."I want to remind everyone that by doing that, by standing together, not social distancing, many people not wearing masks, you're literally putting everyone around you in danger. You are," Gov. Pritzker said. "They are putting you in...

April 26, 2020
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Deaths of Oak Park married attorneys found in home ruled homicides by stabbing

Deaths of Oak Park married attorneys found in home ruled homicides by stabbing

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC7 Chicago Digital Team OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- The deaths of a husband and wife found inside a home in west suburban Oak Park Monday night have been ruled homicides, the Cook County Medical Examiner said.Autopsies of Leslie Ann Jones, 67, and her husband Thomas E. Johnson, 70 found they died from "multiple sharp force injuries," or stabbing. Both deaths were ruled a homicide.The couple were both well-known attorneys at the same law firm. Neighbors said they lived in the home on Fair Oaks Avenue for more than 20 years and were well-known in the...

April 16, 2020
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