<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - News As Seen on WMAQ Channel 5 Chicago]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:10:44 -0500 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:10:44 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NW Indiana Doctor, Two Children Killed in Crash]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chiganti_family.jpg Dr. Mallik Chaganti and family were driving home from O'Hare International Airport after dropping off his wife, who was headed to India to attend her father's funeral. Dick Johnson reports.]]> <![CDATA[Sprint Sends Email Addressed to "Sissyboy" Customer]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:15:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kelvin_matthews.png Sprint customer miffed at receiving offensive email. NBC 5's Rob Elgas reports.]]> <![CDATA[RAW: South Michigan House Fire]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:18:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/South-Michigan-Fire.jpg A witness captured video of the fire at the building in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue. (video courtesy Charles Kirkland)]]> <![CDATA[Inside Rep. Peter Roskam's Leadership PAC]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:48:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/peter-roskam_4-15.jpg What's the money being used for? NBC 5 Investigates looks at the west suburban congressman's PACs. ]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters, Cop Hurt in West Pullman Fire]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:12:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006834227_1200x675_227959875986.jpg Witnesses describe the scene after the fire broke out at a home in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue. ]]> <![CDATA[Man Shot, Robbed After Casino Win]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:50:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Scott-Farrow.jpg A suburban man says he was shot in his home, and robbed after hitting it big at the casino. Charlie Wojciechowski Reports.]]> <![CDATA[Video Shows Cops May Have Lied On the Stand]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:51:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006834055_1200x675_227836483793.jpg Revelation may place other cases in jeopardy. Phil Rogers reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Priest Reinstated After Sexual Abuse Claim Refuted]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:31:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006833812_1200x675_227828291566.jpg "I knew the truth and I knew the Lord ... stood with me," the Rev. Michael O'Connell said at a Tuesday news conference. But not everyone is happy. Christian Farr reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Chicago Runners Make Emotional Journey Back to Boston]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:49:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006827716_1200x675_227762243738.jpg Two Chicago runners who didn't finish last year's race because of the bombings talk about returning to Boston this year. Regina Waldroup reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Feds Warn Against Committing Tax Fraud]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:30:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tax_generic_4-15.jpg Prosecutors announced charges against a string of alleged violators who cashed in on the taxpayers' dime. NBC 5’s Emily Florez reports.]]> <![CDATA[Vigil Held For Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/candlelight_vigil_4-14.jpg Malik Herron was Killed over the weekend in a hit-and-run crash in Gary, Ind.]]> <![CDATA[Parking App Allows You Pay Via Cell Phone]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:14:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006813322_1200x675_226746435602.jpg Paying the parking meter and displaying a receipt in your car window will soon be a thing of the past. NBC 5's Rob Stafford explores the new technology.]]> <![CDATA[Chrysler Driver Seeks Resolution For Rusty Minivan]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:38:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Stella-Munoz.jpg The jury is still out on whether rust should be considered a safety defect, meanwhile, some minivan drivers are still fighting for reimbursement. Lisa Parker reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Ald. Fioretti Cranks Up Rahm Criticism]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:53:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, offered his most stinging criticism yet at a speech Monday at City Club Chicago. ]]> <![CDATA[Man Dies in Trash Chute Fall at Chicago Apartment]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:17:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/garbage_chute_2-11.jpg A senior citizen died Monday after falling down a garbage chute at an apartment building on Chicago's northwest side. Regina Waldroup reports.]]> <![CDATA[Police Respond to Violent Chicago Weekend]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:38:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006813300_1200x675_226691651633.jpg Four people were killed and 36 others shot and wounded as violence spiked over the weekend. Superintendent Garry McCarthy discusses the violence and NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski talks to residents who say they are fed up and afraid.]]> <![CDATA[Seven Superfoods that add years to your life]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:40:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006798968_1200x675_225294403764.jpg Check out these superfoods that help you look and feel great.]]> <![CDATA["Nintendo Thumb" and How To Treat It]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:07:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006798801_1200x675_225262147522.jpg Videogames and texting are giving our thumbs a rigorous workout. We talk with a physical therapist from Athletico about how to ease the aches and pains in our digits]]> <![CDATA[100 Years Of Wrigley Field]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:48:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006798592_1200x675_225210947845.jpg Author Les Krantz looks back at a century of highs and lows in his new book, Wrigley Field: The Centennial]]> <![CDATA[Food For Thought: Eating Organic On A Budget]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:44:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006798588_1200x675_225209923513.jpg Doctor Sandy Goldberg has tips on eating organic without breaking the bank]]> <![CDATA[Weekend Web: New Phones]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:24:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006798530_1200x675_225198147793.jpg NBC 5's Art Norman and Charlie Wojciechowski take a look at the latest in new phone technology from HTC Verizon Wireless]]> <![CDATA[Adopt A Dog, Adopt A Cat]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:24:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006798531_1200x675_225198147792.jpg Andy Avalos introduces us to a 6 year old retriever mix dog and a 2 year old cat who are both available for adoption at Anti-Cruelty Society.]]> <![CDATA[Heavy Rain, Hail Hits Chicago Area]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:28:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006795201_1200x675_224646211961.jpg Saturday's roller coaster weather brought heavy rain and severe hail to parts of the northwest suburbs, while folks in Chicago basked in warm weather and sunshine along the lakefront and at the beach. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup reports.]]> <![CDATA[Hot Nail Trends for Spring]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:22:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006794203_1200x675_224414275962.jpg The beauty experts from Chicago's Salon Buzz show off some of the hotest nail trends for the spring. Also, find out how to nominate your mom for our Mother's Day Makeover.]]> <![CDATA[Fit Club: Improve your Golf Performance]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:16:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006794196_1200x675_224412739665.jpg Swing into spring this golf season with advice from Fit Club member Sergio Rojas to add yards to your swing, improve control, and avoid injuries. Facebook message Sergio Rojas and mention NBC5 for more details about a receiving a golf performance screening.]]> <![CDATA[Anti-Aging Power Of Plants]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:02:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006793905_1200x675_224406083798.jpg Beauty expert Stacey Cox talks about how beauty products are harnessing the power of plants and flowers to help turn back the progression of time and fight wrinkles.]]> <![CDATA[CPD Enforcers Making a Difference]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:58:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006794193_1200x675_224405059597.jpg Find out how a group of Chicago Police officers are making a difference as part of CPD Enforcers football team. Get tickets to their home opener against Cleveland today at St. Rita High School by clicking the link above.]]> <![CDATA[Rev. Jesse Jackson Reflects On Civil Rights Movement In America]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:20:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006794098_1200x675_224383555549.jpg Reverend Jesse Jackson, head of Rainbow Push, joined Anthony Ponce and Michelle Releford live in studio to reflect on the African American Civil rights movement over the last 50 years.]]> <![CDATA[Adopt a Pet: April 12]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:16:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006794112_1200x675_224381507602.jpg Help these two pets from the Anti-Cruelty Society find a new loving home with your family this spring.]]> <![CDATA[New Timers To Help Students Taking SAT and ACT Exams]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:04:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006793620_1200x675_224373827585.jpg Charlie Wojciechowski shows us two special watches designed to help students improve their performance while taking the SAT and ACT exams.]]> <![CDATA[Anti-Aging Power Of Plants]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:42:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006793905_1200x675_224358467668.jpg Beauty expert Stacey Cox talks about how beauty products are harnessing the power of plants and flowers to help turn back the progression of time and fight wrinkles.]]> <![CDATA[Food For Thought: Older Women And Diet Pop]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:41:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006793719_1200x675_224343619571.jpg Doctor Sandy Goldberg talks about a surprising new study about effects of diet pop on older women]]> <![CDATA[Talking About Sexual Abuse And Children]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:40:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006793557_1200x675_224328771561.jpg Sexual abuse survivor Angela Williams offers some strategies for parents to talk about sexual abuse and personal boundries with their children and encourage them to speak up.]]> <![CDATA[Suburban Firefighter Charged with Child Pornography]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:26:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Edward-Mendelson.jpg Schiller Park police say 47-year old Edward Mendelson had a large collection of images and videos on his laptop at the firehouse where he worked. The 16 year veteran of the fire department was arrested and suspended without pay. NBC 5’s Natalie Martinez reports.]]> <![CDATA[Speculation Begins For Cardinal George's Successor]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Cardinal_successors.jpg NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern breaks down some of the early favorites to take on the role as the next Archbishop of Chicago.]]> <![CDATA[Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:39:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg Gubernatorial candidates spar over education. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup reports.]]> <![CDATA[Sexual Assault Rattles NW Side Neighborhood]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:51:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kelvin_assault_4-11.jpg Police say man grabbed 18-year-old woman from behind, sexually assaulted her. ]]> <![CDATA[Cedar Point Preps New Pipe Scream Roller Coaster]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:40:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cedar-point-pipe-scream.jpg Pipe Scream elevates 43 feet above the midway and tops out at 43 mph.]]> <![CDATA[Student Saves Woman, Son From Crashed Car]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:42:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Keon-Brown.jpg Keon Brown was babysitting his younger siblings when the heard a boom coming from outside. That's when he sprung into action.]]> <![CDATA[Semi-Truck Tire Causes Train Derailment]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:30:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006776076_1200x675_222979651794.jpg A Forest Park-bound train was leaving the Cicero station when it came off the tracks. A witness says the tire flew off from a semi-truck driving along the Eisenhower Expressway – and landed on the tracks just before the train approached. Rob Elgas reports. No one was hurt. NBC5’s Rob Elgas reports.]]> <![CDATA[Police Investigate Sexting At Suburban Middle School]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:12:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hadley_Middle_school.jpg Multiple 6th grade students involved in texting lewd photos. Police confiscate phones. Natalie Martinez reports.]]> <![CDATA[Feds: Sinaloa Cartel Member Cooperating With US]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006774069_1200x675_222870083712.jpg Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, who describes himself as a "trusted lieutenant" of his father, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin. Phil Rogers reports.]]> <![CDATA[Chicago Vending Expo Unveils New Trends]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:52:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Vending_expo.jpg The world's largest vending expo is in Chicago this week showcasing the new ways companies hope to keep customers more informed and entertained. NBC 5's Marion Brooks has a look.]]> <![CDATA[Mother Describes Night Her 3-Year-Old Was Shot]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:49:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006766646_1200x675_222711876000.jpg Danesha Atwood lived a nightmare the night her son was shot. Her mother and young nephew were also injured. Now she's making a plea to the community. Christian Farr reports.]]> <![CDATA[Filmmaker George Lucas Eyes Chicago for Museum]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:56:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006767943_1200x675_222537795942.jpg Lucas would pay the $300 million price tag for this museum out of his own pocket and would endow another $400 million to keep it running.]]> <![CDATA[Wayne Johnson's Easter Peep Cakes]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:55:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006767886_1200x675_222534723764.jpg Make a sweet and colorful marshmallow topped "peeps" cake for the Easter holiday.]]> <![CDATA[Waynes Weekend Easter Peep Cakes]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/WWPeepsCakeSM.jpg

Every year my friend Stephen Brinkman makes a themed cake for Easter featuring peeps, those day glow marshmallow treats that only appear on shelves during this time of year.  His “hot tub” peep was such a hit with his friends, It inspired me to share some ideas so that you can make one of your own.  The first is a basic cake that should be easy for anyone to create.  The second is actually my interpretation of Stephens original cake.  The last one is a bit more time consuming, but makes an impressive presentation.

Basic Peeps Cake


1 pkg prepared Cake Mix (super moist type), plus eggs, oil and water, per package directions
2 cans Frosting (your choice of flavor and color)
24-26 Chicken Peeps, any combination of color you choose
34-36 Rabbit Peeps, any combination of color you choose
small bag of Easter jelly beans or mini eggs candies


Prepare cake in two 8” round cake pans according to package directions.  Remove from oven, place on a wire rack and cool completely.  Using a long knife, carefully slice each cake round into two equal disks.  Place a bit of frosting on your serving plate and press one of the disks, cut side up, into the frosting.  Cover the cut surface with a thin layer of frosting and add another disk.  Repeat with remaining disks. 

Cover the sides and top of the cake with a generous amount of frosting.  Starting at the bottom, place one row of chicken peeps side by side all around the cake, pressing them into the frosting.  If you have a combination of colors, alternate them as you place them on the cake.  Next, place a row of rabbit peeps just above the chicken peeps and, if you have multiple colors, alternate the colors as well.  These two rows should cover the side of the cake. 

For the top, place a rabbit peep on top with the ears facing the center and the bottom just touching one of the rabbit peeps on the side.  Add another rabbit peep, but space it so its bottom is about 1” away from the first but the ears are still touching.  Repeat until you’ve covered the top of the cake.  Filling the spaces with jelly beans.

Other Cakes

Hot Tub Cake
concept courtesy of Stephen Brinkman

For a “Hot Tub Cake”, use 6” baking pans to make a much more vertical cake.  You’ll also need 5 packages of King Size Kit Kat Bars, about 6-8 rabbit peeps, two cans of white frosting and blue food coloring.

Bake the cakes according to package directions.  Remove from oven, place on a wire rack and cool completely.  Slice off the “dome” of each cake so that you have two perfect disks.  Meanwhile, separate each Kit Kat with a sharp knife so that you have a clean cut between them. 

Set aside about 1/4 cup of frosting for optional extra decorating of the cake.  Place bit of the remaining frosting on your serving plate and press one of the disks, cut side up, into the frosting.  Cover the cut surface with frosting and add the top disk.  Cover the top and sides with a medium layer of frosting.  Add just a drop or two of blue food coloring into the remaining frosting and swirl once or twice with a spatula to create blue and white streaks.  Generously cover the top of the cake with this blue-white frosting. 

Place a Kit Kat bar vertically on the side of the cake with one end just above the blue-white frosting.  Place another bar next to the first, leaving no space, and press it into the frosting.  Repeat until you’ve completely covered the side of the cake.  Using a sharp knife, cut the rabbit peeps at about their “waistline” and push them into the frosting on top, angling them a bit as if they were partially submerged in the water and resting against the Kit Kat bars.

If you want to add more to this cake, take one of the “domes” and cut a half circle into it using the 6” cake pan as I guide so that the resulting crescent will fit up against the cake.  Frost this piece with green frosting (using a combination of yellow and blue food coloring mixed into the 1/4 cup of reserved frosting).  Place two or three rabbit peeps into this mound to simulate a few peeps in the grass getting ready to get into the hot tub.

Peeps In A Box

This cake is a bit more time consuming and not easy to fully detail in print, but I will provide a bit of a description of how it was created:  The cake actually uses two cake mixes and 8” square baking pans.  Once baked, three of the layers are stacked and frosted to form the “box” and the last one is frosted to from the “lid”.  Then, they are covered with rolled fondant.  The center portion of the top of the box is cut out and about 1” of cake is removed to form a pit.  That pit is frosted and then filled with rabbit peeps that have been cut at the head (only the head and ears are placed in the pit).  Then additional fondant is added to both the box and lid to simulate ribbon and decorations.  The box is the placed on a serving platter and the top is place up against it with additional ribbon extending out from it and wrapped around a few “peep” helper trying to put it on the box.

If you have any comments or questions, please send me an email at wayne@waynesweekend.com or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo Credit: Wayne Johnson]]>
<![CDATA[Ambulance Rides Leaving Patients With Sticker Shock]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:26:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulance_fees_4-9.jpg Most municipalities in greater Chicago will charge you for emergency transports, but how much? The Better Government Association and NBC 5 Investigates look at the data.]]> <![CDATA[Decades-Old Fingerprint Doomed Murder Suspect]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:23:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006752094_1200x675_221895747957.jpg An Oklahoma criminal specialist is breaking her silence about how investigators were able to crack the case of a girl who was murdered 17 years ago. Rob Elgas reports.]]> <![CDATA[Eye Doctor Accused Of Hiding Cameras in Bathroom]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Robert-Weiss.jpg Robert Weiss was arrested on Tuesday and charged with four counts of unauthorized videotaping.]]>