ABC News - "Death of Karl Wallenda" (1978) Here is an ABC News report on the death of circus performer and tightrope walker Karl Wallenda, (of The Flying Wallendas) who fell to his death while performing at the age of 73. He was quoted as saying, "Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting." Harry Reasoner introduces the story and James Walker reports. This aired on local Rockford, IL TV on Wednesday, March 22nd 1978. (not Chicago, but close enough)
Fibber McGee and Molly, 1940s ( Photo courtesy NBC ) Jim and Marian Jordan, from Peoria, Illinois, played Fibber McGee and his long-suffering wife, Molly, in "Fibber McGee and Molly," a radio program, which originated from Chicago, that became the country's most popular show by 1941. McGee was famous for his overstuffed closet, while Molly's sharp rebuff, "T'ain't funny, McGee," usually silenced her mate.