CHICAGO --Windy City Live honored ABC7 anchor Linda Yu, who retires on Wednesday, with a look back at her career. Retired ABC7 reporter Paul Meincke joined us with a video retrospective.
It was an hour-long tribute to a Chicago news icon, who has graced our screens on ABC 7 News for 34 years. Linda is a Chicago treasure who has touched so many people across our viewing area with her grace and professionalism. We talked to her past co-anchors, as well as her 4 p.m. news team who discussed passing the torch to Judy Hsu.
We also talked to the people who mean the most to her - her family!
WATCH: A look back
In this segment, we looked to the past. We brought back four of her former co-anchors to tell their favorite "Linda Yu" stories! Joel Daly, Sylvia Perez, Hosea Sanders and Alan Krashesky joined the panel. And Krashesky has a little "surprise"!
WATCH: Linda's 4 p.m. team
In this segment, we look at the present, and her 4pm News Team, Rob Elgas, Cheryl Scott and Jim Rose tell us their stories about Linda. Then we surprise Linda with some very famous friends - sending their well wishes!
WATCH: Passing the torch to Judy Hsu
With Yu's retirement, there needs to be someone who can continue the legacy - and Judy Hsu is that woman. She joins Linda to talk about her influence, and all of her wonderful charity work. Plus there's a proclamation from the city!!
WATCH: Linda's children
The most important thing to Linda is her family. Her daughters Francesca, Vera (adopted) and son Rick take the stage to tell what life is like living with a TV icon, plus - we hear from you the viewers telling Linda how much #WeLoveYou!
WATCH: Cake for Linda!
We presented Linda a cake - specially made by Yvonne Ivy-Stephens from Penthouse Sweets. It combines her favorite things - pandas and butterflies! Then we give Linda a chance to give some final thoughts.
Penthouse Sweets website: http://penthousesweetschicago.com/index.html