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Steve Miller

miller250 Steve MillerSteve Miller is an investigative reporter and has been with Newsradio for more than two decades. He grew up in South Texas and received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. After graduation, he moved to Washington D.C. to work as a research assistant for former Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX). After two years, Steve changed courses and enrolled in the highly-respected journalism program at the University of Missouri and received a graduate degree before coming to Chicago.

He began investigative reporting by accident after curiosity sparked his first of many pieces. After he found out about a local cemetery that is commonly the burial spot for people with no family or resources, he gained access to public records and shed light on the deceased’s past. He found that veterans were being buried without due honors and then contacted an Illinois congressman, who launched a nationwide investigation which found that thousands of vets were being wrongfully buried in indigent plots around the country. Due to his investigation, protocol was changed and since then, an increasing number of service members have been buried with honors.

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Steve likes this type of reporting because it is challenging and makes a difference to Newsradio listeners.

“I enjoy telling people about something they don’t know. It’s really exciting to put something in perspective – to get people to see things in a different way,” he said.

When Steve is not covering a breaking news story or hunting down a lead for an assignment, the Texas native can be found jogging around his Ravenswood neighborhood, swimming, reading, playing Sudoku or spending time with his life partner.

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Police: Man, 90, Found Dead At Bottom Of Garbage Chute

The medical examiner has identified the victim as 90-year-old Rocco Sette.

04/14/2014

Climbers begin the 'Hustle Up The Hancock'. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Thousands ‘Hustle Up The Hancock’ For Respiratory Health

CHICAGO (CBS) – 4,000 stair-climbers were expected at this year’s Hustle Up the Hancock to raise money for the Respiratory Health Association. Many of the climbers had very personal reasons for climbing 94 flights of [...]

04/13/2014

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State Representative Elected To Local School Council

An Illinois state representative who once proposed merit pay for local school council members was among the 6,000 people recently elected to LSCs in Chicago.

04/11/2014

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Woman’s Efforts To Honor Her Slain Soldier Son Fall Apart

A Chicago woman whose son took his own life after serving in Afghanistan says her heart has been broken again – because plans have been scrapped to honor her son’s memory.

04/10/2014

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Windy City Times Publisher Accuses City Of Removing Newspaper Boxes

Chicago’s gay newspaper, the Windy City Times, first heard the news from its drivers and then readers that newspaper boxes were missing downtown.

04/09/2014

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Details Expected Tuesday On Arrest In 1997 Murder Of Palatine Teen

Police in Racine County have arrested a suspect in the murder of Amber Creek. Her badly beaten and nearly frozen body was found near Burlington, Wis., in 1997.

04/08/2014

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Police Searching For PTA Treasurer Accused Of Stealing $4,000

There’s an arrest warrant in Kendall County for a 36-year-old former PTA treasurer wanted in the theft of $4,000 from the PTA’s accounts.

04/07/2014

Protesters taking part in a two-day march as part of the National Day of Action for Deportation Relief. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Protesters Begin Two-Day March Against Deportation

Immigration rights groups are marking the National Day of Action for Deportation Relief.

04/07/2014

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White Supremacist Hale Sues Bureau Of Prisons For Violating His Rights

It was nine years ago today that Matt Hale of East Peoria was sentenced to 40 years in prison – convicted of soliciting the murder of a federal judge.

04/06/2014

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Prosecutors Interview Man Convicted Of Double Murder After Case Reopened

The Cook County State’s Attorney has been re-evaluating a 1982 murder case to see if the right man is in prison, and WBBM has learned there are developments in the case.

04/03/2014

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Friend Sets Up Fund For Family Of Murdered Aurora Nurse

The lifelong friend of an Aurora nurse murdered this past weekend has set up a fund to help the woman’s three young children.

04/01/2014

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Animal Control Clears Hundreds Of Cases After Media Inquiry Into Backlog

WBBM’s Steve Miller continues his series about Chicago Animal Care and Control. This is the fourth part.

03/20/2014

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Why Is City Taking So Long To Answer Animal Neglect Complaints?

Chicago Animal Care and Control receives a lot of calls; approximately 58,000 requests for service a year.

03/19/2014

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Hundreds Of Complaints To City About Animal Neglect Left Unanswered

During some of the coldest days of this winter, Chicago Animal Care and Control left dozens of calls unanswered about possible inhumane treatment of pets. Overall, more than 300 such calls got no response in December an January.

03/18/2014

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Dog Found Living Out In The Cold Weeks After Animal Control Received Complaint

CHICAGO (CBS) – During the coldest days of this winter, Chicago Animal Care and Control failed to respond to dozens of calls about possible inhumane treatment of pets. WBBM’s Steve Miller has the story. “Spike!” [...]

03/17/2014

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Made In Chicago: Shannon Rovers

If there’s one thing the members of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band have down pat, it’s jokes about kilts.

03/17/2014

Kirk Dillard campaigning with former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Dillard Campaigning With Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar

State Senator Kirk Dillard was chief of staff for Jim Edgar when Edgar was governor of Illinois in the ’90s.

03/16/2014

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Kane County Property Tax Referendum Draws Opposition

A local anti-tax group wants to defeat a referendum next week which would raise Kane County property taxes to help developmentally disabled adults.

03/14/2014

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Police Issue Alert After Teen Sexually Assaulted On NW Side

Chicago Police have issued a community alert after a teenager was assaulted on the Northwest Side, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

03/12/2014

Bundles of Christmas tree lights strands, like this one, were stolen Monday in Flossmoor. (CBS)

Suburbs Relax Ordinances On Taking Down Christmas Lights Due To Bad Weather

This year, because of the unusually bad weather, some suburbs say it’s OK to leave those lights up for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.

03/12/2014

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