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Mike Parker

parker Mike ParkerMike Parker has been a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago since 1986.

Parker had been a weekend anchor and weekday general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago from 1980 to 1985. He resumed work at the station after working as a general assignment correspondent at WABC-TV in New York, NY (1985-86).

Prior to his first years at CBS 2 Chicago, Parker served as an anchor, investigative reporter and general assignment reporter at KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles (1977-80). Before that, he worked as the news director and as a reporter for KFI Radio in Los Angeles (1969-72).

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While at CBS 2 Chicago, Parker has received several local Emmys and the Illinois UPI Award for best television feature story of the year (1985). His breaking news reports about the CTA Blue Line derailment in the summer of 2006 helped CBS 2 Chicago win a national Emmy Award for spot news.

Parker is a native of Rock Island, Illinois. He graduated from Los Angeles City College.

The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Byron, Illinois, is one of 17 nuclear reactors at 10 sites in three US states. It is the nation's largest operator of commercial nuclear power plants and third largest in the world. (Photo credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Illinois’ Distinction As State With Most Nuclear Waste Worries Activist reports that Illinois, with its 14 nuclear plant sites, is the country’s biggest atomic dump site.


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Beware Insurance Pitches Disguised As Obamacare

You may think you’re signing up for affordable health care, but experts say it could be a scheme to get you to enroll in something else. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Tenants Of West Side Building Left Without Heat

Hundreds of Chicagoans are struggling through the cold with no heat. Their apartment complex in the near west side’s Medical District hasn’t turned it on.


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Flesh-Eating Street Drug ‘Krokodil’ Hits Chicago Area

A street drug has hit the streets of suburban Chicago. It can cause deadly gangrene infections just days after it’s used. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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VIDEO: Thief Makes Off With Unlocked Bicycle

A video posted on YouTube features music by the band Freezepop, pictures by an Andersonville surveillance camera — and a crime by an unidentified man.


This bike path is where a 68-year-old bicyclist was fatally injured. (CBS)

Police Seek Owners Of Unleashed Dogs Who Caused Fatal Bike Crash

Wladyslav “Walter” Bujak was on the bike trail doing what he loved. But Bujak did not finish his ride. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.


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Memorial Service Held For High School Security Guard Who Died Breaking Up Fight

Richard Cowser died trying to break up a fight and a candle lighting ceremony reflected the respect he received from faculty and students alike.


Injured police officer Densey Cole II talks with CBS 2 about his recovery. (CBS)

Gravely Injured Cop Makes Progress In Recovery

Densey Cole II was injured in a shocking accident four years ago — and left a quadriplegic. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Home Burglaries Have Naperville Residents On Edge

There is growing frustration in Naperville about an out of control number of home burglaries in the last several weeks.


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Chicago Native Killed In Monday’s Navy Yard Shooting

Kathy Gaarde’s husband and daughter spoke tonight about her loss, about the Chicago native who was one of those killed in Monday’s D.C. rampage.


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Gary, Ind. Teens Watch In Horror As Their Friend Is Killed By Train

Fifteen-year-old Diquan Thomas was struck and killed Wednesday by a freight train. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.



Gary, Ind. Recreates Drive-In Experience

The one-night-only drive-in theater was to show off Gary’s lakefront Marquette Park, newly refurbished at a cost of $30 million. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.


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Two Men Charged In Stabbing Death Of Woman Found In Closet

Two men have been charged in connection with the stabbing murder of a 49 year old West Side woman. Her body was wrapped up and hidden in a closet for days before it was found. CBS2’s Mike Parker reports.


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It’s The Little Things: Gallon Of Gas 45 Cents Cheaper This Labor Day

A year ago, the average price for a gallon of regular was $4.35. On Monday, the price was $3.90. CBS 2′s Mike Parker explains.


The so-called "Purple Hotel" in Lincolnwood will be demolished this week. (CBS)

Infamous ‘Purple Hotel’ Has Date With Destiny On Tuesday

The infamous “purple hotel” in Lincolnwood is now a shadow of its former self. Soon, it won’t even be that, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Chatham Park Event Honors Fallen Police Officer

CBS 2′s Mike Parker went to Nat King Cole Park, where an overnight campout began Friday night in a show of solidarity against gangs, drugs and guns. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.


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Prayer Vigil Held For Victims Of Uptown Shooting

There was a massive show of support Wednesday night in the fight against violence in Uptown. Earlier this week five people were shot outside a church at Wilson and Sheridan.


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Man Killed In Rogers Park Hit-And-Run

An elderly man was struck and killed by a hit and run driver in Rogers Park at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses say the driver never looked back.


Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Convicted Ex-Alderman: Jackson Can Turn Life Around

One of Chicago’s best known radio talk show hosts understands what obstacles Jesse Jackson Jr. is now facing. He’s been there, literally. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, left, stands with Hall of Famer Billy Williams as Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Cubs Honor Ernie Banks For Receiving Presidential Medal

Thousands of fans, and the family that owns the Cubs honored Ernie Banks Tuesday night at Wrigley. CBS 2′s Mike Parker was there.