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Chicago's WGN TV Honors Local Heroes...

Jennifer Brown Banks

Chicago's Very Own is a WGN-TV sponsored program and news segment that seeks to recognize and pay tribute to local heroes throughout Chicago that are making a difference in the Windy City.

These heroes are not necessarily "front line workers." Some are everyday individuals who "shine" through volunteer activities, supportive services, charitable acts, or noteworthy businesses.


So often, the media portrays Chicago as a city plagued with rampant violence; corrupt politicians; and racial disharmony. In doing so, they fail to provide a balanced narrative of our city's story and the dyamic people that make up our communities.

Which is why this regular feature segment provides a valuable "public service message."

Not to mention, in these troubled times across the world, we certainly need to be exposed to and believe in real life heroes. Wouldn't you agree?

In the words of John F. Kennedy: "One person can make a difference. And everyone should try."

Of the many people and organizations that have been featured, here are some of the recent ones you should know about:

  • A former high school teacher who constructs wheel chair ramps for the disabled
  • Kat Adams---An author and African American tennis pro who dominated the courts for decades
  • A Chicagoan who promotes Black owned restaurants in the Chicago area
  • A 14 year old who has three college degrees

To learn more about these individuals and other awesome residents in Chicago, visit WGN's website:

Final Thought

Hopefully, in reading their success stories you will feel encouraged and empowered to establish your own, by sharing your gifts, resources, time and talents.

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