Brandis Friedman

Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) arrive on September 22, 2013 at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Kenyan troops were locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants inside an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall on September 22. ( Credit SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Attack At Nairobi Mall Hits Home For Chicago Kenyans

Symon Ogeto regularly organizes trips between Chicago and his home country of Kenya through his company the Seed Group.


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Family Donates Birthday Gifts For 1-Year-Old Born With Rare Birth Defect

Not many children are up for giving their birthday gifts to other children, but a one-year old girl born with a rare abdominal condition is doing it for the hospital that helped her and her parents. WBBM’s Brandis Friedman explains.


Cardinal George talks with reporters Monday about the pope's resignation. (CBS)

Cardinal George Reacts To Pope’s Plea For Peace In Syria

Cardinal George says it is not only people of Muslim faith that are being hurt by violence in Syria.


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Off-Duty Officer Fatally Shoots Burglary Suspect In Lincoln Park

An off-duty Chicago cop shot and killed a burglary suspect late Saturday in Lincoln Park.


Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman talks to reporters outside the Maywood courthouse, after his wife dropped domestic violence charges against him. The charges led to his ouster from CeaseFire. (Credit: CBS)

Former CeaseFire Director Announces Run For Governor

A Chicago anti-violence activist throws his hat in the ring for Illinois Governor, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.


Solider Field. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Bears Fans Told To Leave Bags At Home Before Coming To Soldier Field

The only bags being allowed into Soldier Field–or any NFL stadium for that matter–are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC. Even then they must be under 12 by 6 by 12 inches in size.


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Jennifer Hudson Gives Away School Supplies To Chicago Kids

Oscar and Grammy-winning Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson was in her hometown today to give away school supplies to thousands of school kids, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.


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Hay Fever Season Sets In; How To Protect Yourself

Hay fever season began on Aug. 8 and lasts for six weeks.

WBBM Newsradio–08/14/2013

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Expert Warns Of Decrease In Butterfly Population In Illinois

You might be noticing fewer butterflies hanging around the plants and flowers in your neighborhood this summer, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman explains.


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Chicago Bridge Rededicated To Honor Former Alderman

A bridge at Congress Parkway and Wells Street downtown once again bears the name of a man considered to be one of the city’s most significant political leaders.


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Rep. Robin Kelly Calls For Stricter Gun Control In Wake Of Violent Weekend

After a violent and deadly holiday weekend, a Chicago Congresswoman is calling for gun control legislation, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.


Officials at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago demonstrated high-tech equipment used by the hospital as they broke ground on a new $550 million research hospital. (Credit: Brandis Friedman)

Rehabilitation Institute Breaks Ground On $550M Hospital

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago broke ground Monday morning on a new $550 million research hospital which will provide groundbreaking care.

WBBM Newsradio–07/01/2013

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Gay Parents Reflect On Court Victories Ahead Of Pride Parade

Gay and lesbian parents are reacting to this week’s supreme court ruling, the day before the city’s pride parade, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.


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Thousands Take Part In Food Depository’s Annual Hunger Walk

Thousands of men, women and children walked to end hunger in our community during the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 28th Annual Hunger Walk.


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Woman Continues To Search For Brother’s Killers 6 Years Later

A South Side woman continues her fight to find her brother’s killers, though it’s been six years since his death, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.


Rare and antique books line the shelves at Chetham Library, which was founded in 1653, making it the oldest public libary in the English speaking world on February 14, 2011 in Manchester, England. Chetham's Library, which was established under the Will of Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Humphrey Chetham's Will stipulated that the Library should be 'for the use of schollars and others well affected', and instructed the librarian 'to require nothing of any man that cometh into the library'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

New Branch of Chicago Public Library Opens In Edgewater

In the Edgewater neighborhood a library is getting a grand opening, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friendman.


An FBI poster showing the devil tattoo on escaped bank robber Kenneth Conley's upper right arm. (Credit: Bandit Tracker Chicago)

FBI Hoping Photo Of Fugitive’s Tattoo Helps Lead To His Capture

The FBI has expanded its search for a convicted bank robber who is still on the lam nearly two weeks after escaping the federal jail in downtown Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio–12/31/2012

A man dressed in a yellow poncho, black cap, surgical mask, and black surgical gloves tried to rob a Citibank on Michigan Avenue, by claiming he had a bomb, but he fled the bank without taking the money he demanded, and left the fake bomb behind. (Credit:

Chicago Area Bank Robberies Nearly Double Over 2011

Bank robbers had a busy year in 2012. The FBI said robbers have hit 218 banks in the Chicago area as of Dec. 31, compared to 115 in 2011.


Workers stage a Black Friday protest to demand better wages from Chicago retailers. (CBS)

Retail, Restaurant Workers Stage Black-Friday Wage Protest

The workers who usually spend Black Friday ringing up purchases and completing food orders spent time Friday morning protesting their pay at those jobs.


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City Turns To Twitter In Efforts To Curb Illegal Guns

The City of Chicago is considering an unlikely method of tackling the illegal gun crisis – turning to Twitter.

WBBM Newsradio–09/29/2012