Stories by Patty Wetli

WTTW News Explains: How Do Chicago’s Lake Michigan Water Cribs Work?

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Meet Ellis Chesbrough, Chicago’s first city engineer and designer of the water delivery system we still use today. WTTW News Explains how water cribs work out on Lake Michigan. 

Chicago Will Host the 2024 Democratic National Convention

(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Chicago will host the 2024 Democratic National Convention, putting the city and its leaders at the center of the national political spotlight next summer. 

Tornado Watch Issued: Severe Storms, 75 MPH Winds Expected To Hit Chicago Region Friday

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The National Weather Service said starting around 2 p.m. Friday, the Chicago area is expected to see destructive winds and the possibility of tornadoes that could cause extensive damage.

Car Found in ‘Horrific’ Crash That Killed 3 Men, Injured 1 in South Shore; Police Searching for Driver

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

The car involved in the crash has been recovered. Now the search is on for the driver in what appears to be an intentional act that took place Sunday outside South Shore’s Jeffery Pub, police said.

Hammered by Complaints, Push for Chicago Casino Faces Bumpy Final Stretch

Slot machines sit ready for players willing to try their luck. (Pixabay)

With three community meetings complete, the roulette ball bounces back to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is expected to make her decision within the next two months and pick one of three proposed Chicago casino locations. 

Community Groups Vow to Fight Plan for ‘Mountain of Dredge’ on Chicago’s Southeast Side

An aerial view of the Chicago Area Confined Disposal Facility, a 45-acre site on Chicago’s Southeast Side that has been in operation since 1984. Inset: The CDF is outlined in red. (Credit: Army Corps of Engineers)

Community organizers on Chicago’s Southeast Side are marshaling their forces and looking for solutions to address what they see as yet another environmental threat to their already beleaguered neighborhood.