Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTOn Thursday, July 30, 2009, Harry Porterfield finished his last report for ABC7 Chicago.
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTNicole Mitchell believes she is one with her instrument. And when you listen to her perform, you have to agree.
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTIn the past two years, Nancy Dolatowski has crocheted hundreds of blankets for hospitalized veterans.
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTEach day, Victor Lopez finds himself living another chapter of his rebirth. Convicted in a street gang homicide at 16 years old, he spent 23 years in prison where he developed his artistic ability.
Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTThe stride of a horse can be a soothing feeling for riders of all ages, and for those with disabilities, riding a horse can be very therapeutic as well.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTA program in Chicago's University Village community is working to keep young girls off the streets by getting them involved in projects and activities that can help later in life.
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTThere is a big band in Chicago that's making history along with its years of making music.
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTYou're never too old to find a new hobby or develop a new skill.
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTMichael Jackson had millions of fans- but only one kindergarten teacher.
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 11:39:59 GMTWest Town Bikes in Chicago's Humboldt Park community is putting some neighborhood teenagers to work.
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTA young woman from northwest Indiana just might be the next great supermodel.
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTLillian Friedberg has struck a beat with young people. Friedberg has combined her passion for teaching with her love of playing African drums.
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTA south suburban doctor has a career away from her career-- and she's passionate about both!
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTToothpicks can hardly be called building blocks, but in the hands of Wayne Kusy --that's exactly what they become.
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTAmerican servicemen and women in far off places will soon welcome items suburban volunteers are packing up today.
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTThe South Shore Opera Company is on a mission. This group of musicians wants to get people who normally would not think about the opera to attend their performances.
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTAfter spending half a century at St. Agatha's School, Alma Sims was honored for her commitment to teaching.
Thu, 04 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTMatt Lamb is spreading his message of peace through art and umbrellas.
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 11:39:59 GMTAaliyah Brown succeeds in both sports and academics.
Thu, 28 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTDr. Karen Murphy is a family physician in Orland Park.
Tue, 26 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTMona Purdy has put her heart and soul into an organization that provides shoes to third world countries.
Thu, 21 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTWade Watson is an inspiration both on and off the tennis court. At the age of 91, he shows up at the same park almost everyday to find someone to challenge him to a game of tennis.
Tue, 19 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTSome volunteers in Aurora are donating their time and help children in need.
Thu, 14 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTDeborah Wanderley dos Santos founded a festival to raise money to help spread the joys of music to young students.
Tue, 12 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTA group called Allegro keeps beat on their instruments- and with their feet.
Thu, 07 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTFrom carpentry to computers, Gordie's Foundation is helping ex-offenders in Chicago build positive futures for themselves.
Tue, 05 May 2009 11:39:59 GMTA steel statue called Our Lady of the New Millennium has become a source of inspiration for many.
Thu, 30 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTA shelter in west suburban Wheaton is having a big impact on the lives of some homeless veterans.
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTSome high school students in northwest Indiana are doing their part to promote earth-friendly living.
Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTRae Lewis Thornton's battle with AIDS has become an inspiration to others.
Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTRyan Shadow is working to become a master of illusion.
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTRyan Matijevich is a real artist. Instead of a paintbrush or a chisel he picks up a chain saw to create his wooden masterpieces and the result; one of a kind sculptures.
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTRegina Taylor's work on and off stage has earned her numerous awards.
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTWendy Patchett has turned her love of candles into a thriving business.
Tue, 07 Apr 2009 11:39:59 GMTKalind Haynes is using the power of his voice to spread spiritual messages.
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTAccording to recent statistics, the blind population of India numbers 15 million people. Many are children whose futures are bleak.
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTSix o'clock in the morning might be a little early for some, but not for the cleanup ladies.
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTOnce a crack house, this Rogers Park building is now a place for those recovering from the addiction.
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTCharles Schroeder,98, still has something to share with younger generations.
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTWhen Marty Hernandez began his job at Borg Warner, he had no idea he'd stay with the company for 50 years.
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTA southwest suburban teacher is at the head of the class among educators.
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTA radio station in far north suburban Round Lake Heights is like many of their competitors-- except the staff and management are all volunteers.
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTKevin Sorensen is an Oak Park High School janitor by day, but a movie stuntman by night.
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 11:39:59 GMTVintage airplanes from World War II are re-created in Frank Modica's kitchen.
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTAlan Robinson has beaten all odds. Doctors told him he would never walk again following a car crash 17 years ago. But since then, he's run the Chicago marathon 11 times and has his sites set on accomplishing an even greater goal.
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTOn stage at Gary's West Side High School, a magical tree has become the doorway to lessons in African American history.
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTJulian Cook is an aspiring singer who is an inspiration to others.
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTA temporary business has flourished thanks to the election of President Barack Obama.
Thu, 13 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTA South Side museum is dedicated to celebrating African-American culture and educating young people.
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTWhat started as a special sauce in some barbeque restaurants back in the 1950's in Chicago has become a staple for many backyard grillers.
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTThree young musicians are making a name for themselves with their performances.
Tue, 03 Feb 2009 11:39:59 GMTIsaac Barrantine used to live on the streets. But then he turned his life around.
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:39:59 GMTMath professor Vali Siadat is a source of understanding for all his students at Daley Community College.
Thu, 22 Jan 2009 11:39:59 GMTWoodrow Petersen, a volunteer who visits patients, is known by the admiring staff as "Woody."
Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:39:59 GMTJulie Welborn and Denise Nicholes wanted a place for residents in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood to gather and enjoy fresh-baked goods and sandwiches.
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:39:59 GMTWhen Yoko Nodge came to Chicago 25 years ago, she was unable to speak English or play the piano. Now, she's a well respected Blues singer and musician.
Thu, 08 Jan 2009 11:39:59 GMTMany residents of Chicago's Roseland community don't visit a big name drug store when they need medicine or other items. They go to see Fred Trimuel.
Tue, 06 Jan 2009 11:39:59 GMTChristian Bjorn Jacobsen gives his customers more than a terrific shoe shine.
Thu, 18 Dec 2008 11:39:59 GMTOver the years Peter Poulos has become an invaluable member of the staff at Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 11:39:59 GMTFor three decades, Lolly Extract has created, built and performed with her puppets.
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:39:59 GMTA retired master tailor, Vincenzo Lettieri's intricate and impressive nativity scene is the focus of his holiday decorations.
Thu, 04 Dec 2008 11:39:59 GMTNursing has been described as both a science and an art focused on maintaining life at its highest quality. No one knows that better than Catherine Washington.
Tue, 02 Dec 2008 11:39:59 GMTWhat may be the largest private collection of antique jugs can be found in Evanston at the American Toby Jug Museum.
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 11:39:59 GMTIda Byther-Smith is using her own experience with AIDS to help others struggling with the disease live a normal life.
Tue, 18 Nov 2008 11:39:59 GMTThe Proviso East High School marching band will be part of the New Year's tradition in New Orleans.
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:39:59 GMTJames Kesteloot came to the Chicago Lighthouse as a child. Now, he's in charge of the agency, which has grown into one of the largest rehabilitation and education for the blind and the visually disabled.
Thu, 06 Nov 2008 11:39:59 GMTUniversoul Circus spectators know Robert Dunn best as Onionhead. When he's not performing with the circus, he's visiting hospitalized children.
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTAva Schieber wants to make sure her memories will help others learn about the horrors of the Holocaust.
Tue, 28 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTEddy Clearwater knows something about singing the blues.
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTPastor Estelle Keeter has turned a personal health issue into an invention to help others.
Tue, 21 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTIsrael Hernandez had a dream to enrich his Chicago neighborhood.
Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTAt 100, George Bullat still do-si-dos. How does he keep in step with his square dancing?
Thu, 09 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTTim White has spent 50 years at the head of his class- and only missed one day.
Tue, 07 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTSusan Shields is helping some friends stay in the swing of things at a senior center in west suburban Lombard.
Thu, 02 Oct 2008 11:39:59 GMTThrough hard work and donations, volunteers have been able to identify and add gravestones to the resting places of many police officers who died in the line of duty.
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:39:59 GMTA school on Chicago's South Side is one of two in the city receiving a high honor this week from President Bush.
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 11:39:59 GMTRonna Ellwing left the corporate board room to become a nurse in the far north suburbs-- and her hard work helping others has not gone unnoticed.
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:39:59 GMTLike many kids, these youngsters are doing their afterschool homework. But, they don't have a home.
Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:39:59 GMTWhether the weather is frightful or delightful, Jack Moretti has stayed the course as a StreetWise vendor.
Tue, 09 Sep 2008 11:39:59 GMTThe nation's economy may be slumping, but folks who depend on FCHN for free meals will tell you it hit rock bottom a long time ago for them.
Thu, 04 Sep 2008 11:39:59 GMTDigital animation influenced a talented 20-year-old Columbia college student to study the art.
Tue, 02 Sep 2008 11:39:59 GMTRichard Weiner is dedicated to helping feathered friends.
Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTIn the early 1950s, Julian Priester learned to play the trombone at Chicago's DuSable High School. Now a famous jazz musician, Priester will perform before his home crowd this weekend at the annual jazz festival in Grant Park.
Tue, 26 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTWhether you jump rope for fun or fitness, Double Dutch has to be the ultimate challenge the sport has to offer.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTBack to school time can be a taxing time for parents on a tight budget. Sharon and Ben Tyler are aware of that fact, and for the past seven years, they've given away countless school supplies, and the demand keeps growing.
Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTSome of us donate a few hours of our time to help others when we can. But, Kathryn Hatchett has donated one day a week for the last 30 years.
Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTFor two decades, Bette and Rudy Krueger have helped people clear the clutter from their garages and closets and help those less fortunate at the same time.
Thu, 12 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTFor one suburban family, getting an education is a family affair.
Thu, 07 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTMore than one million people are expected to attend the annual Bud Billiken Parade this weekend.
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 11:39:59 GMTA program is helping Iraq war veterans build livelihoods for themselves.
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:39:59 GMTChicago teenagers train for the Chicago Marathon with the help of mentor volunteers.
Tue, 08 Jul 2008 11:39:59 GMTGeorgia Griffin, a line dancing teacher, inspires hundreds to get up and dance.
Thu, 03 Jul 2008 11:39:59 GMTWillie Finch has been caring for children all of her life.
Tue, 01 Jul 2008 11:39:59 GMTClara Rock knows a thing or two about taking care of ailing patients.
Tue, 26 Jun 2008 11:39:59 GMTWalking into J and R Variety store is like taking a trip back in time.
Tue, 24 Jun 2008 11:39:59 GMTBrendon Cournane answers to coach, but for many he's much more than just an athlete. He's an inspiration.
Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:39:59 GMTBrendon Cournane answers to coach, but for many he's much more than just an athlete. He's an inspiration.
Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:39:59 GMTFor Father's Day this Sunday at Arlington Park, a veteran jockey will be getting a little extra competition on the race track.
Thu, 05 Jun 2008 11:39:59 GMTDoctor Odies Williams has made of a name for himself on the Chicago jazz circuit.
Tue, 03 Jun 2008 11:39:59 GMTIt's a happy ending for the animals that end up at the Animal House Shelter in west suburban Huntley.