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.

The Stanley Cup having lunch at 437 N. Rush. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Stanley Cup Making Stops Around Chicago After Hawks’ Victory

Fresh off Monday night’s victory, the Stanley Cup’s first stop Tuesday was lunch downtown.

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Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Finance Committee Signs Off On Billion Dollars In New Bonds

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee has signed off on Mayor Emanuel’s plan to add another billion dollars to the city’s debt load, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

United Passengers Spend Night In Unheated Canadian Military Barracks After Chicago To London Flight Diverted

A Wisconsin college student was among United Airline passengers who had to spend a chilly night in Canada after their flight from O’Hare to Heathrow was diverted, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk attends gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's election night gathering on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner defeated incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Sen. Kirk Pushes Resolution Seeking To Reunite Korean-Americans With Relatives In North Korea

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is pushing for the State Department to help Korean-Americans reunite with their families members still back in North Korea, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


A  total 120 places of worship will welcome up to 7,500 kids for breakfast, lunch and various activities. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

CPS Expands Summer Safe Haven Program

An additional 20 churches will be hosting Chicago Public School students as part of the city’s Safe Haven program.


Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson discusses his $1 million donation to his own campaign fund. (Credit: WBBM/Craig Dellimore)

Former Chicago Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson Announces Presidential Bid

Chicago businessman Willie Wilson has announced this morning he’s taking on Hillary Clinton and other Democrats in a bid to be president.


New Western Conference Championship gear on sale at the Dick's Sporting Goods in the South Loop. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Hawks Fans Stocking Up On New Gear Ahead Of Stanley Cup Final

Hours after the Blackhawks secured their spot in the Stanley Cup Final, fans were ready to buy some new gear to support their team. WBBM’s Nancy Harty caught up with some at a South Loop sporting goods store.


Jacele Johnson. (Famiy provided photo)

Mother Pleads For Violence To Stop As 4-Year-Old Daughter Recovers From Shooting

As her daughter recovers from brain surgery, a young mother makes a plea for those who shot her this weekend, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


The quintuplets dressed for prom. (Credit: Bridget Collins)

Naperville Quintuplets Graduate High School

The family is so big that they had to get a limo to take them to and from graduation so they could all ride together with their older brother and mom and dad.


It's not clear how many people decided to stay in bed when they saw some rain this morning, but one of Chicago's busiest streets was a sea of spandex and Schwinns.
(Credit: Nancy Harty)

Thousands Pedal Down LSD For 14th Annual Bike The Drive

It’s a sight you only get to see once a year – a view of Lake Shore Drive from a bicycle.


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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.


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.


“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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

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.


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.