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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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

(Source: Antioch Fire Department/Facebook)

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

A member of a SWAT team. (Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

DuPage County Police Agencies Preparing For Next Big ‘Incident’

An Incident Management Assistance Team, or IMAT, will help local police departments in DuPage with the command and control of large-scale events such as an active-shooter situation or big protest.

03/27/2015

Rev. Michael Pfleger and other protesters sit in front of the doors to the Thompson Center, after police blocked them from entering the building as they protested Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Police eventually allowed two protesters inside to deliver a letter to Rauner's staff. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Pfleger, Protesters Blast Rauner Budget Plan

Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church, said “this is not a cute little rally” that brought out a large crowd to the Thompson Center, which has offices for multiple state agencies, including the governor’s office.

03/20/2015

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Powerball-Winning Former Monk To Fund Goodman Theatre Production

A production at the Goodman Theatre is moving forward thanks to a donation from a former monk who won the lottery, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

03/16/2015

U.S. Representative Danny Davis endorses Chuy Garcia at a West Side church. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Endorses Chuy Garcia For Mayor

In the race for Chicago mayor, challenger Chuy Garcia has picked up the endorsement of Congressman Danny Davis, reports WBBM’s Danny Davis.

03/08/2015

Voters work on their ballots at their polling place in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

For Undecided Voters, Personal Conversations Could Mean More Than Campaign Rhetoric

With the clock winding down on the race for mayor, plenty of voters still haven’t made up their mind, in a race that shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel right at the edge of avoiding a head-to-head runoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

02/23/2015

This New Year’s Parade celebrated the year of the sheep, or ram, depending on who you ask.  (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Chinatown Parade Celebrates Lunar New Year

Thousands of people turned out in the cold this afternoon for the Chinese New Year parade in Chicago’s Chinatown, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

02/22/2015

Mark Kirk at Hustle Up The Hancock with his Battle Buddies. (Credit: Mark Kirk's Office)

Thousands Hustle Up The Hancock To Raise Money For Respiratory Health

This year’s Hustle up the Hancock raised more than $1 million for lung disease research, education and advocacy.

02/22/2015

One of the nuns at Fraternite Notre Dame in Chicago prepares au gratin potatoes for the homeless while wearing a fleece coat, because the sisters' home is without heat, and temperatures inside are freezing. (Credit: CBS)

French Nuns Without Heat Grateful For Offers Of Help

Some French nuns on Chicago’s West Side are feeling the warmth of donations and good will as they continue to struggle with the heat in their church.

02/21/2015

Belmont Village, an assisted living facility for seniors in Carol Stream, hosted a Valentine’s lunch for all 17 couples living there on Friday. Each couple has been married at least 48 years. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Carol Stream Couples Celebrate 1,000 Combined Years Of Marriage

Belmont Village, an assisted living facility for seniors in Carol Stream, hosted a Valentine’s lunch for all 17 couples living there; complete with flowers, a piano player, and sparkling cider. Each couple has been married for at least 48 years.

02/13/2015

U.S. Capitol Dome

Durbin Predicts Senate Floor Battle Over Immigration

Last week, Senate Democrats were able to fend off a Republican attempt to force the Obama administration to stop delaying deportations – a practice known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

02/09/2015

A man clears snow from the sidewalk in front of an apartment building on February 2, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Snow began falling in the city Sunday morning and did not stop until early Monday morning, leaving behind more than 19 inches. It was the fifth largest snowfall in the city's history.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Postal Service: Shovel Your Sidewalks To Make Sure You Get Your Mail

This weekend really tested the Postal Service creed, but Chicago district spokesman Mark Reynolds said letter carriers can handle the snow (and rain, rain and heat and gloom of night).

02/03/2015

Resident  Kim Maselbas-Gurba says these bleachers have hurt her family's quality of life in Crystal Lake. (Kim Maselbas-Gurba)

Illinois High Court Will Hear Dispute Over Crystal Lake South Bleachers

Kim Maselbas-Gurba’s backyard boarders the school and says her family has had to seal some windows after they noticed people on the bleachers looking into her children’s bedrooms as they were getting dressed.

01/29/2015

The Farmer's Fridge vending machines are stocked with salads in reusable jars. (Credit: Farmer's Fridge)

Salad Vending Machines Serving Up Healthy Eating Options In Chicago

If you’re struggling with a New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, there are some vending machines in Chicago that can help, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

01/25/2015

The Vietnam War Memorial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. (Illinois Historic Preservation Agency)

State Could Add Memorial Near Lincoln Tomb

Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield is billed as the second most visited cemetery in the country and already has memorials for veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, in addition to Lincoln’s Tomb.

01/23/2015

This fossilized giant beaver tooth was found along the Kishwaukee River in McHenry County. (Credit: McHenry County Conservation District)

Fossilized Giant Beaver Tooth Found In McHenry County

A maintenance worker walking along the Kishwaukee River found the fossilized incisor just lying in some brush, according to McHenry County Conservation District spokeswoman Wendy Kummerer.

01/16/2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Lays Out Goals For Second Term

Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to make Cook County’s hospitals and health centers the place people want to go to for care, instead of have to go to, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

01/12/2015

A moment of silence following reading of names of those killed in France. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Chicago Rally Remembers Victims Of Paris Terror Spree

About 250 people gathered at Daley Plaza for a 60 minute show of solidarity with France, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty

01/11/2015

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