Mike Krauser

krauser Mike KrauserMike Krauser has been a reporter, anchor, producer, writer, managing editor and news director during a career that started in Chicago in the late 1980’s.

His first love is reporting, “Telling stories on the radio,” he says, “doesn’t feel like work at all. It’s pure fun.” Mike got his start in radio in 1988 at the upstart all-news station WMAQ (670-AM).

He went on to anchor the afternoon news on “Chicago’s Finest Rock, WXRT (93.1 FM), and can still be heard there from time to time. He spent about ten years in management before returning to reporting.

His reports on WBBM Newsradio 780 can be heard throughout the day. He also works for CBS 2 TV in Chicago as a field producer, writer and assignment editor.

Cloud. (Credit: Midwest Animal Rescue & Services Facebook)

Owner Of Missing Dog Admits To Making Up Story That It Was Stolen

A Chicago veterinarian who said earlier this week that the puppy she had just adopted from a rescue organization in Minnesota was stolen from her car right in front of her is now admitting it was not true and she says she’s sorry, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

02/28/2015

Former governor Pat Quinn speaks to reporters after attending a forum at Loyola University School of Law on Friday. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Quinn Slams Rauner Budget Plan As “Worst I’ve Ever Seen”

For the first time since leaving office, former Gov. Pat Quinn was back in the public eye, and he pulled no punches regarding his successor’s budget plans.

02/27/2015

Kirk Waishwell (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Prosecutors File Felony Charges In Window-Smashing Incident At Suburban School

Criminal charges have been upgraded against a 38-year-old man who allegedly used a metal pipe to smash the windows of more than a dozen cars in a school parking lot near his parents’ home earlier this month.

02/27/2015

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“Elkhart Four” Ask Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Their Case

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the case of the so-called “Elkhart Four,” in which three young men were sentenced to long prison terms for murder, in the death of a friend who was shot by a homeowner while they were burglarizing his home.

02/26/2015

Cloud. (Credit: Midwest Animal Rescue & Services Facebook)

Animal Shelter Seeking Answers After Woman Who Reported Dognapping Disappeared

A Minnesota animal rescue group was hoping to get some answers Thursday, two days after a woman claimed a dog she adopted was stolen in Chicago, and then she cut off all contact. A police officer who heard about the case has begun seeking answers on her own time.

02/26/2015

Cloud. (Credit: Midwest Animal Rescue & Services Facebook)

Rescue Organization Worried About Recently Adopted Dog Reported Stolen By Owner

An animal rescue organization is concerned about the welfare of a dog that was adopted by a Chicago woman and then reported as stolen at a Northwest Side gas station.

02/25/2015

Former Bolingbrook police offcer Drew Peterson (R) leaves the Will County Jail with his attorney Joel Brodsky after posting bail for a felony weapons charge May 21, 2008, in Joliet. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Letters To Peterson Attorney Suggest He Was Set Up In Murder-For-Hire Plot

Letters sent to a former attorney for convicted killer Drew Peterson have raised questions about whether Peterson was set up on charges he sought to have a prosecutor killed.

02/24/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Mayoral Candidates Making Final Weekend Push Ahead Of Election

Three of the men who want to be the next mayor of Chicago made a case today for why they should get Chicagoans’ votes on this final weekend before Election Day, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

02/21/2015

Participants taking part in a "Polar Plunge" at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Des Plaines City Council Dumps Cold Water On Mayor’s Penguin Plunge Plans

Plans by the mayor of Des Plaines to hold a Polar Plunge event for charity have been shot down by a majority of aldermen, led by one who said jumping into icy water is irresponsible and dangerous, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

02/18/2015

A sick 8-week old puppy was turned into Joliet police on Wednesday, two days after someone stole the dog from a local animal shelter. (Credit: Joliet Police)

Sick Puppy Returned After Theft From Joliet Animal Shelter

A sick puppy was returned to a Joliet animal shelter on Wednesday, two days after someone stole the dog.

02/18/2015

Despite efforts to beautify Broadway Street in the old downtown section of Gary still resembles a ghost town with its abandoned stores and little pedestrian and automobile traffic. (Photo credit should read SCOTT OLSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Gary Survey Finds 6,300 Vacant Homes; 550 Vacant Businesses

The city of Gary has completed a long project to survey the state of housing and other buildings, and found many are in very bad shape.

02/18/2015

JRW players joined supporters at a rally at Rainbow PUSH headquarters. (Credit: CBS)

Rainbow PUSH Holds Rally In Support Of JRW Players

Supporters of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team rallied around the kids Saturday at the headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition following this week’s decision to strip the team of its national championship title over a finding that the team’s leaders broke the rules.

02/14/2015

Kirk Waishwell (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

After Windows Smashed Outside Daycare, Parents Want Suspect Charged With Felony

Several parents who have children in a daycare center in LaGrange Highlands have banded together to ask prosecutors to file more serious charges against the man who allegedly smashed several car windows in the parking lot this week, fearing his behavior will grow more violent.

02/13/2015

Jackie Robinson West player Brandon Green (in #14 jersey) and his mother, Venisa, (behind him) were joined by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Michael Pfleger at a news conference to denounce the Little League ruling stripping JRW of its national title, for residency rule violations. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated

There are accusations that racism was behind the decision by Little League International to strip the Jackie Robinson West team of the national title over cheating by the adults who run the team, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

02/11/2015

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Maywood Police Investigating Murder Of Cab Driver

Maywood police detectives are investigating the overnight murder of a cab driver. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

02/07/2015

Mark Doose recovers in a hospital after being stranded in the Alps for more than two days. (CBS)

U Of I Student Survives Being Stranded In Alps

Mark Doose built snow shelters for protection for two nights.

02/06/2015

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State Delays Processing Tax Returns Amid Increase In Fraud

State revenue departments across the U.S. have reported a rise in filings using stolen personal information. TurboTax has temporarily stopped processing state income tax returns for the same reason.

02/06/2015

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Gary Firefighters Battle Several Suspicious Fires In Abandoned Buildings

The first fire call came in at about 1:30 a.m. Firefighters arrived on the 3600 block of Colfax Street to find an abandoned home fully involved.

01/31/2015

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Activists Reach Out To Help Tenants Of “Problem Landlords”

Tenants in some West Side apartment buildings in need of repairs have received help from activists trying to make a better quality of life, but even the activists acknowledge some landlords have little incentive to fix up their buildings.

01/29/2015

A cancer patients holds the tubes that funnel chemotherapy drugs into his body at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center June 17, 2003 in Fayetteville, N.C. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Propose Giving Terminally Ill “Right To Try” Experimental Drugs

A conservative Republican lawmaker from Wheaton has teamed up with a liberal Democrat from Chicago in an effort to make Illinois a “right to try” state.

01/29/2015

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