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.

Samuel Semere chased a deer into the parking garage where he works, hoping to save it. (courtesy: Samuel Semere)

Compassionate Attendant Steers Deer To Streeterville Parking Garage

Samuel Semere says he didn’t want the animal to be struck by a car. Animal control officials took the animal, which hopefully will be released into the wild.


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Rauner Presses Lawmakers To Reach ‘Grand Compromise’ On Budget

As state lawmakers head into the home stretch of the spring session, Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging them to approve a budget, along with pro-business reforms he has been seeking.


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Spring Half Marathon Draws 6,000 Runners To Lakefront

The Chicago Spring Half Marathon lived up to its billing with warm and sunny weather for the run along the lakefront Sunday morning.


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Thousands Walk Downtown On Mother’s Day In Annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

Grant Park was a sea of pink as thousands came out for the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Mother’s Day.



Protests Target Racism, Debt At Southern Illinois University

Several hundred Southern Illinois University protesters have rallied against student debt and racism following recent incidents including an anonymous video calling for violence against black students.


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After Getting Hundreds Of Birthday Cards, Young Chicago Boy Dies From Cancer

A Chicago boy who inspired hundreds to send him birthday cards as he battled cancer has died, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Chicago Police Officers Pay Tribute To Fallen Colleagues During Annual St. Jude Memorial March

Thousands of Chicago police officers gathered along the lakefront Sunday morning to pay tribute to their fallen colleagues in the 84th annual St. Jude Memorial March.


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City Marks Milestone For Chicago Microlending Institute

A city-run lending program for small businesses in Chicago is celebrating a milestone: it has made 250 loans.


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Weeks After Fire, Tenants Of West Side Building Still Can’t Return To Apartments

Three weeks after a fatal fire in their West Side apartment building some tenants are still trying to get back into their units, reports WBBM’S Nancy Harty.


Botlr is a prototype for hotel room service. (WBBM/Nancy Harty)

Robotic Future Of Room Service Is Nearly Here

Botlr the butler robot can bring towels, bottled water or a new toothbrush to your hotel room. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.


Income Tax

Health Experts Recommend Dealing With Tax-Related Stress By Tackling Problem Head On

If you’re stressing out because there are only a few hours left to file your federal income tax returns, there are a couple of things you can do about it.


Schools can now stock "epipens" for food-allergy emergencies. (CBS)

After Teen Daughter’s Death, Elmhurst Mom Pushing For Law Encouraging Police Officers To Carry EpiPens

An Elmhurst mother who lost her daughter to a severe allergic reaction hopes to save lives by getting police officers and others to carry EpiPens, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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State Comptroller: Lawmakers Will Have To Wait For Paychecks

Illinois lawmakers may soon have a new appreciation for what the state’s budget stalemate,now in its tenth month, is doing to its vendors. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports the comptroller will make them wait for their paychecks.


Naperville Considering Ban On Possessing Powdered Alcohol

The city of Naperville is trying to get ahead of a potential problem by banning powdered alcohol.


NW Suburban High School Students Helping Build Home For Marine Who Lost His Legs In Afghanistan

A Marine who lost both legs in Afghanistan is getting a new home, thanks in large part to students from the northwest suburbs.


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South Suburban Police Departments Coming Together For Fundraiser To Support Injured Park Forest Officer Tim Jones

Some south suburban police departments are coming together Monday for a fundraiser in support of an injured Park Forest officer.


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West Chicago Mayor Invites Residents Out For Weekend Walks

While some public leaders have a monthly coffee, the mayor of West Chicago has weekend walks and he’s started them for the season.


Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Not All CPS Teachers Taking Part In April 1 Walkout

WBBM’s Nancy Harty spoke with one union member who plans to go to his classroom instead.


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Kids At La Rabida Children’s Hospital Get Special Visit From Easter Bunny

Some patients at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago had a special visitor this Easter.


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Hundreds Of Kids Collect Candy, Toys In South Loop Easter Egg Hunt

Hundreds of kids made quick work of an Easter egg hunt in a South Loop park Saturday afternoon.




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