Top Read Stories On WBBM Newsradio In 2018

Shannon Blum
December 12, 2018 - 10:59 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As 2018 comes to a close, take a look back at the most-read stories of the year as chosen by you, the WBBM Newsradio readers.

Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society

Another Zoo Baby: Brookfield Zoo Welcomes A 'Porcupette', A Baby Porcupine

Brookfield Zoo announced over the summer the birth of a male porcupette - a baby porcupine. The prehensile-tailed porcupette is the first of its species to be born at Brookfield Zoo.

Joliet Mom Furious After Crime Scene Near Baseball Field Not Properly Cleaned Up

A Joliet mom is furious after finding blood that was left behind at a homicide scene near a baseball field where children play. Jessie Gutierrez, a board member with Belmont Little League, said she was disgusted by what she saw when she arrived at Pilcher Park and used Facebook Live to vent. Watch the video here. 

Illinois Midterm Election Results: Map of Balance of Power

Check out an interactive map and chart of LIVE election results for Illinois, including Governor and Illinois House. Plus nationwide results as an added bonus. 

 Alyssa L. Shepherd was arrested for her involvement in an Indiana crash that killed 3 kids.
Indiana State Police

Woman Arrested After Crash Kills 3 Indiana Kids Waiting For School Bus

An Indiana woman has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a car crash that killed three children and wounded an 11-year-old boy, according to police. Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was arrested after she allegedly disregarded a school bus's stop sign and drove into four children attempting to board a school bus.

Former Hancock Building Elevator Fell 84 Floors Before Rescue

People rescued from a trapped elevator in one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers later learned they had dropped 84 floors. Six people, including a pregnant woman, got into the elevator after leaving a restaurant on the 95th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly the John Hancock Center. They heard noises and experienced a faster and bumpier than expected ride. One of several cables holding the elevator broke and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor.

Student Stabbed In Argument At Roosevelt University Dorm Room

A Roosevelt University student is in custody after Chicago police said he stabbed a classmate.

Arlington Heights Police

WATCH: Driver Smashes Into Police Station At 104 MPH

A man is facing charges after he drove at 104 mph into a police station while high on cocaine in Arlington Heights. Sam O. Kerlin, 44, was charged with reckless driving, speeding over 35 mph above the limit, driving under the influence of drugs, and improper lane usage, according to a statement from Arlington Heights police. Watch the video here. 

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Four Dead, Including Cop, In Hospital Shooting

Four people -- a Chicago Police officer, a doctor, a pharmacy resident, and a suspected gunman -- were killed in a shooting and exchange of gunfire at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

Rogers Park Shooting
WBBM Newsradio/Andy Dahn

Man, 73, Shot To Death In Rogers Park, Police Say

 A quiet street in Rogers Park was filled with Chicago Police officers and concerned neighbors, after a man was shot dead while walking his dogs.

It happened in the 1400 block of West Sherwin. Chicago Police said the suspect may have tried robbing the 73-year-old man, before shooting him in the head and running away. 

WBBM Newsradio/Lisa Fielding

'Art On The Mart' Kicks Off Along Chicago River

Mayor Emanuel said the days when the Chicago River was a cesspool are gone. Instead, he said, it's a model known worldwide. The projected artwork is something he expects other cities to imitate, he said.

"Art on the Mart" is not a one-off stunt. Artwork will be projected every Wednesday through Sunday nights, each year from March through December. 

Chicago Police

Serial Shooter May Be On The Loose: CPD

Chicago police are warning Rogers Park residents about two recent killings in the North Side neighborhood that were carried out with the same gun, and possibly by the same shooter.

The first fatal shooting claimed the life of 73-year-old Willard Douglass Watts, who was walking his dogs near his home in the 1400 block of West Sherwin when someone shot him in his head at close range, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Then, Eliyahu Moscowicz, a 24-year-old man of the Orthodox Jewish faith, was walking on the Loyola Park bike path near Lunt Avenue when someone fatally shot him in the head, authorities said. He lived in West Rogers Park.

Dog N' Suds - Grayslake, IL/Facebook

One Of Illinois' Last Dogs N' Suds For Sale

For two generations, Dog N' Suds drive-in restaurants have stood the test of time. At one point there were 70 locations in Chicagoland alone, but now there are only three - Grayslake, Ingleside and Richmond, Illinois.

But now the owner of the Grayslake location said he's ready to sell and posted the listing on Facebook.

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

Catch 35 Launches New Halal Menu With Steaks

There are already fast-food halal options, but now an upscale downtown Chicago restaurant has created a new Halal menu featuring halal steaks, prepared to conform to Islamic law.

WBBM Newsradio/Mike Krauser

New Coffee Shop Opens In South Shore In Hopes Of Bettering The Community

Its not every day that a new coffee shop makes news, but this is one with a mission in a neighborhood that's been lacking in investment. A pair of career educators celebrated a ground-breaking of sorts for a new coffee shop in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.