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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.

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Highland Park Doctor Charged With Issuing Phony Medical Marijuana Certification

As Illinois moves closer to allowing medical marijuana use, the state is warning people to avoid anyone who promises they can get you certified now. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports on a North Shore doctor accused of doing just that.

9 hours ago

Deputy Chief Tom Papadakis (left), Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (center) and Chief Larry McKinley (right). (city of Gary photo)

Gary Police Chief Resigns; Deputy Promoted

Following a couple of violent months that included the killing of a police officer, the city of Gary has announced a new police chief and crime-fighting strategy, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

12 hours ago

The Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. (Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Agriculture)

Illinois State Fair Managers Fined For Ethics Violations

A state commission has fined managers of both of Illinois’ State Fairs for ethics violations over beer tickets, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

14 hours ago

Heat, Summer, Thermometer, Hot Weather

Naperville Asks Residents To Turn Up The Thermostat

Officials estimated power usage will be at its peak from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., so they want residents to turn up their thermostats a couple degrees, and avoid using other unnecessary appliances and electronics.

07/22/2014

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Signs Expansion Of Medical Cannabis Act To Include People With Epilepsy

Governor Pat Quinn has expanded who is able to use marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/20/2014

Photo Of Stun Gun (AP Photo)

Man Dies After Police Use Stun Gun In Brighton Park

A Brighton Park man is dead after Chicago Police used a stun gun on him Saturday reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/20/2014

Members of the Legislative Audit Commission conduct a hearing into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010. A state audit found the program was rife with problems, including mismanagement of program funds. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Delay Testimony On Quinn Anti-Violence Program Until October

A day after enduring several hours of political bickering, members of a legislative panel officially postponed further hearings into Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative to avoid possibly compromising a criminal investigation by the feds.

07/17/2014

Artistic rendering of a proposed 430-megawatt natural gas power plant in Oakwood Hills, Illinois. (Credit: oakwoodhillsenergycenter.com)

Oakwood Hills Residents Seek To Block New Power Plant

Some residents of a small community in McHenry County have begun gearing up to stop plans for a natural gas power plant in their village.

07/15/2014

The Greater Chicago Food Depository Lunch Bus. (Credit: Greater Chicago Food Depository)

Lunch Buses Providing Free Summer Meals To Chicago Area Kids

Summer means no homework and plenty of time to play, but for many local kids it’s also a challenge to find something to eat, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/14/2014

Cleanup crews, empty tents, and a few seagulls are all that's left of the Taste of Chicago a day after the annual food festival ended. (Credit: Nancy Harty/CBS)

Cleanup Begins After Taste Of Chicago Wraps Up

The food is gone; now all that’s left is the cleanup of Grant Park following the 34th annual Taste of Chicago.

07/14/2014

Jeff Westerfield. (Family photo)

Memorial Service Held For Slain Gary Police Officer

Jeffrey Westerfield, a 19-year veteran of the Gary Police Department, was shot and killed last Sunday.

07/13/2014

A screen grab of a YouTube video showing a man shouting nice things to people. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Man With Bullhorn Drives Around, Says Kind Things To People

If you were walking around Lincoln Park earlier this month and thought you heard someone shout something nice, you weren’t imagining things.

07/11/2014

Chicago Parking Meter (CBS)

Hundreds Receive Parking Tickets Despite Paying With Park Chicago App

Hundreds of drivers who thought they had paid for parking through an app on their smartphones have gotten tickets in Chicago, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/07/2014

Kasandra Bellamy says an off-duty cop assaulted her at a bathroom at the 31st Street Beach.

Woman Claims She Was Arrested After Being Assaulted By Off-Duty Cop

An argument about a woman using the men’s bathroom along the lakefront last night ended with a Chicago woman’s arrest and her allegations against an off-duty cop, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/05/2014

A person was shot by police Friday night near Berenice and Cicero avenues. | photo from Network Video Productions

1 Dead, 2 Wounded In Police-Involved Shootings

One man is dead and two others are injured after three shootings involving Chicago Police Friday, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/05/2014

(Photo Credit: The Field Museum's Facebook)

Field Museum Celebrates Anniversary Of First Ferris Wheel Ride

You won’t get to go for a spin, but the Field Museum is celebrating today the world’s first Ferris Wheel ride, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

06/21/2014

Food Bank

Thousands Walk Along Lakefront To Fight Hunger

Thousands of people came out to Chicago’s lakefront Saturday morning to help in the fight against hunger.

06/21/2014

A youngster works a computer tablet. (CBS)

Sports Executives: Social Media Making Ticket Sales A Bigger Challenge

The couch versus the stadium; that’s the challenge facing many sports teams when trying to get more fans in the seats.

06/17/2014

Earthquake

Illinois Earthquake Simulation To Test State’s Preparedness

The biggest earthquake on the continent was in Illinois, so public safety agencies are running a simulation this week to make sure the state is prepared, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

06/16/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Lawmakers Grill Reps From Anti-Violence Program At Hearing

Illinois lawmakers grilled representatives of Governor Quinn’s $55 million controversial anti-violence program during a hearing Wednesday morning.

05/28/2014

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