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 unusual paint job is getting a lot of attention, neighbors say. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Unusual Paint Job On Glen Ellyn Home Draws Attention To Spat Between Neighbors

Cars are driving slowly down Longfellow Avenue as drivers take in and take pictures of the bright orange, yellow and purple stripes that now adorn one side of a home.


Lucky Lab Rescue president Katherine Martin holds Somung, a paralyzed puppy rescued from South Korea. (Credit: Lucky Lab Rescue/Facebook)

Four Dogs Rescued From Korean Meat Trade Arrive In Chicago

Staffers for Lucky Lab Rescue picked up two females and two males – Labrador mixes and one partially paralyzed mutt – at O’hare that were part of the meat trade in South Korea.


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Retiring Chicago Cop Not Done Making City Safe

After 23 years with the Chicago police department, Officer Richard Wooten retires today, but he says he’s not done working to make the city safer.


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Gary Police Arrest Woman After Fake ‘Officer Down’ Went Out Over Police Radio

Gary police arrested a woman early this morning for what they’re calling a very disturbing crime.


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Lawmakers Push To Create Elected School Board In Chicago

A group of Chicago Democrats in the state legislature is pushing for voters to decide who serves on the school board. Not the mayor.


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Railroad Kills Ravenswood Gardens By Mistake

Urban gardeners are getting an apology after their landlord accidentally destroyed some of their crop in Chicago’s North Center.


Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Retired State Employees Contacted By Rauner Administration About Working In Event Of A Strike

WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports their union says that doesn’t bode well for contract talks.


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Parent Says Ousted Senn Principal Discouraged Her From Sending Special Needs Son To School

The principal of a Chicago public high school credited with a resurgence has resigned amid an investigation. WBBM’s Nancy Harty talked with a parent who says she experienced some of what allegedly led to the principal’s ouster.


The charity ride went from Area 4 Police Headquarters on the West Side to the Gold Star Families Memorial in the Museum Campus.  (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Hundreds Of Motorcyclists Take Part In Ride To Remember Fallen Officers

Hundreds of motorcycle riders came out Sunday morning for the 11th annual Ride to Remember honoring fallen Chicago police officers, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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2 Killed, 1 Wounded In Humboldt Park Shooting

Two men were killed and a woman was hurt in a shooting early Sunday in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood.


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No Decision From Torture Commission On Mahaffey Case

Relatives of a Chicago couple murdered decades ago will have to wait even longer to find out if the man convicted of the killings will have his case retried.


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Aurora Police Release Photo, Sketch Of Suspects In Two Attempted Abductions

Aurora police are looking for two men wanted for attempted abductions of teen girls in separate incidents this month, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Alderman John Arena  using his car to block construction at Wilson and Lamon. (Credit: Kenji Kerins.)

Alderman Upset Over “Meigs Field Of The 45th Ward” At Lamon And Wilson

A Northwest Side alderman is upset over the city’s move to dig up a popular side street and is calling it the Meigs Field of the 45th Ward, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Kids Say Parents Spending Too Much Time On Their Cell Phones, Study Shows

If your child starts acting up as soon as you get on your cell phone, a local psychologist says a new survey shows there’s good reason.


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New Study Finds Majority Of Athletes Undergoing Tommy John Surgery Are Teens

Before you sign your son up for fall baseball, you may want to listen to the results of a new study.


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Want To Rent Out Your Place During Lollapalooza? Don’t Forget Taxes, Insurance

If you’re thinking about renting out your place downtown during Lollapalooza in a few weeks, there’s a couple things to consider first. Websites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO make putting your condo or home up for rent easy; but before you take the plunge as a temporary landlord, make sure you cover yourself.


Police outside a home in River Forest. (Credit: Jeremy Ross)

Two Dead, Three Injured, Including Two Cops, In River Forest Shooting

Two people were killed and three others, including two police officers, are being treated after a shooting at a home in west suburban River Forest, police said


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Palatine Library Officials Close The Book On Bedbugs

Staffers at the main library found two dead bedbugs on a table in an isolated room Wednesday night, according to library director Anthony Austin.


The Villa Taj mansion in Burr Ridge. (Credit: Courtesy Villa Taj website)

Man Charged With Trespassing At Burr Ridge Mansion For Second Time

A Lombard man has been caught trespassing at a Burr Ridge mansion for the second time, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Electrician Buys $2 Million Lottery Ticket While Running Errands

Earlier this month, Chase Knapp bought a scratch off ticket while out getting pet food and quarters for his fiancée.