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Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 8:49 PM
'Hidden Figures' Helps Student Dream Big

'Hidden Figures' Helps Student Dream Big

The critically-acclaimed film ‘Hidden Figures’ has inspired many—but one high school student in particular is dreaming big after watching the movie. Watch »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Teen Receives 'Miracle Flight' to Chicago for Treatment

After a long, difficult road and a lifetime of expensive medical treatments, a 15-year-old boy was able to travel to Chicago to receive potentially life-changing medical care thanks to a ‘miracle flight.’ Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Judge Helps Young People Learn Power of the Spoken Word

When he's not presiding over his courtroom, Associate Cook County Judge Stanley L. Hill is teaching kids the power of public speaking. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 6:24 PM
Young Hospital Patients Get Special Trip to Cubs' Spring Training

Young Hospital Patients Get Special Trip to Cubs' Spring Training

It was the trip of a lifetime for some very special Cubs fans as Advocate Children's Hospital invited nine patients and their families to attend the Cubs' spring training camp. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has more on their unfortgettable journey. Watch »

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 at 2:37 PM
Group Helps Families in Need With Everyday Items

Group Helps Families in Need With Everyday Items

Brad Lehner of Extended Hand and Feet talks to NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter about how the group makes a difference by lending a helping hand to those who need it in the community. Watch »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 8:48 PM
Students Send Letters of Appreciation to Mathematician Katherine Johnson After Seeing 'Hidden Figures'

Students Send Letters of Appreciation to Mathematician Katherine Johnson After Seeing...

Students from a suburban high school were taken by faculty to see "Hidden Figures," a critically-acclaimed film depicting the significant impact black female mathematicians had on NASA’s rocket program. The students then wrote letters of appreciation to one of the real-life mathematicians--who happened to be a relative of one of the students. LeeAnn Trotter reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 6:40 PM
Largest National Hispanic Conference Convenes in Chicago

Largest National Hispanic Conference Convenes in Chicago

From politics to education, there will be a call for action when the largest national Hispanic conference convenes Thursday in Chicago. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Officer's Near-Suicide Fuels Inspiration Behind Youth Group

Not long ago, Detective Matt Thornton’s life was saved by what some might call divine intervention. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 6:18 PM
Hundreds Line Up for Free Valentine Smile

Hundreds Line Up for Free Valentine Smile

He's a dentist with a heart and he's making a difference for the 11th year in a row. On Tuesday, hundreds of people lined up outside Dr. Theodore Siegel's Logan Square office, hoping for a free valentine smile. LeeAnn Trotter reports. Watch »

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 6:48 PM
Making a Difference in the Lives of Children With Allergies

Making a Difference in the Lives of Children With Allergies

A local doctor wants to teach children how to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction, and show them how to help their peers if they see it happening. LeeAnn Trotter reports. Watch »

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