Nancy Harty

harty Nancy HartyI was a fan of WBBM Newsradio 780 long before joining the staff as a reporter in January, 2006.

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, graduated from the University of Illinoisat Urbana-Champaign and earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

I worked at the Illinois Radio Network for a number of years, where I covered stories on pretty much any subject of interest to the entire state. That includes a trip to Cuba with a delegation from Illinois, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, and the beginning of Governor Ryan’s corruption trial.

I live on the north side of Chicago with my husband and son.

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Illinois House Passes Bill Allowing Parents To Opt-Out Children From PARCC Test

Parents unhappy about the PARCC test are one step closer to a formal process for opting their children out of it now that the Illinois House has approved a bill.

05/19/2015

Experts aren't sure why garter snakes like this specimen are popping up more in Bridgeport. (CBS)

Suburban Wildlife Center To Focus More On Local Species

The Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest recently sent off to a Kentucky zoo 13 of its non-native animals, including some cobras, vipers and other snakes.

05/19/2015

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“Little Rock Nine” Receive Lincoln Leadership Prize

Civil rights pioneers were in downstate Illinois on Tuesday, after being honored in Chicago Monday night for their work since they ended racial segregation at an all-white school in Arkansas decades ago.

05/19/2015

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Driver Rescued After Casino Bus Plunges Off Bridge In Gary

A coach bus for a Gary casino plunged off a bridge Sunday morning.

05/17/2015

The bright colors of the green and black dart frog make a warning label for predators to stay away. They are one of more than 40 species of amphibians that can be found in Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Amphibians, opening May 16. (Credit:  Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

New Exhibit Featuring More Than 40 Species Of Amphibians Opens This Week At Shedd Aquarium

More than 40 species of frogs, salamanders and newts will be on display starting Saturday.

05/13/2015

Bit Space in Lincoln Square is equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, computer-controller routers among other tools that would allow kids to take a concept from the computer into reality.
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Bit Space Chicago Offers Hands-On Summer Camp For Kids Who Like To Build Things

Parents looking for a more educational and hands-on experience for their kids this summer may want to try a new camp for those interested in making things.

05/05/2015

The Volta Elementary students after competing in a state Science Olympiad where they won five medals. (Credit:  Dzevida Duheric)

Albany Park Elementary School Wins Five Medals In State Science Competition

Students at one neighborhood school on Chicago’s Northwest Side have proven they can compete with the city’s best schools.

05/03/2015

Officers take part in the St. Jude Memorial March to honor fallen officers. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Chicago Police Honor Fallen Officers During St. Jude Memorial March

Thousands of Chicago police officers turned out Sunday morning to honor their colleagues killed in the line of duty, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

05/03/2015

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BGA: Rauner Pick For Environmental Post Previously Worked At Oil And Gas Pipeline Company

A government watchdog is questioning one of Governor Rauner’s picks for posts in his administration.

04/26/2015

The walk in Grant Park is expected to raise $1.5 million. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Thousands Walk In Grant Park To Raise Money To Help Premature Babies

Thousands of people walked along the lakefront Sunday morning to raise money to help premature babies.

04/26/2015

The Glenview Education Foundation bought 50 bicycles for 1st and 2nd graders in Glenview, to bring back bike riding lessons for youngsters. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Bike Riding Lessons Return To Glenview Schools

Glenview Public School District 34 taught bike riding about 20 years years ago, but stopped the program when it became too difficult to manage all the student’s personal bicycles. The Glenview Education Foundation brought back the program this spring for first and second graders, by buying 50 bikes for the kids to use.

04/21/2015

One of the confiscated plants. (Credit: city of Harvey)

Police Say Home-Based Pot Growing Operation Largest In Harvey’s History

Police in Harvey have found the biggest home-based pot growing operation in that south suburb’s history, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

04/20/2015

Francis Cardinal George addresses the media Friday after receiving an award from the Knights of Columbus. (CBS)

Catholic School Employee Received Letter From Cardinal George One Day After His Passing

An employee of a Northwest Side Catholic church has a letter from Francis Cardinal George that she says she will always treasure.

04/19/2015

Francis Cardinal George talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Catholics Remember Cardinal George During Sunday Mass

Chicago area Catholics are remembering Francis Cardinal George at the first Sunday mass since he died.

04/19/2015

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One Killed, Four Injured In South Side Crash

One person has died and four others were injured following a three-car crash Sunday morning on Chicago’s South Side, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

04/19/2015

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DeKalb Animal Shelter Holding On To Pets While Tornado Victims Find Living Arrangements

At least one animal shelter near tornado-ravaged Fairdale is housing several pets, but not because they can’t find the owners.

04/12/2015

Fairdale Neighborhood Damage-Ed Curran

Donations Pouring In To Aid Tornado Victims

Volunteers and donations continue to pour into Fairdale, days after much of it was destroyed by a tornado. WBBM’s Nancy Harty spoke with a volunteer on the ground.

04/12/2015

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Two CPD Officers Hospitalized After Squad Car Hit

Two Chicago police officers were taken to the hospital early this morning after their squad car was hit.

04/12/2015

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Antioch Vote On Reopening Fire Station Still Undecided

Voters in the village of Antioch approved a property tax hike for more ambulance service by more than 300 votes, but in unincorporated Antioch Township, the tax increase was ahead by only 8 votes, with more votes to be counted.

04/09/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner touring a warehouse in Bedford Park. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Gov. Rauner Defends Freezing Social Service Grants, Says Some Could Be Reissued

Social service agencies across Illinois are trying to figure out how to operate today after the state froze $26 million in grants on Friday, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

04/06/2015

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