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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.

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.



Season Delayed For First Time Ever For Wendella Sightseeing Boats

This year, Wendella Sightseeing Boats is celebrating its 80th season. But for the first time ever, the season is delayed because of our long, icy winter.


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Black Mount Prospect Family Files Hate Crime Lawsuit Against White Neighbor

A black family in Mount Prospect is suing their white neighbor – accusing her of harassing and terrorizing them for the past five years.


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Man Convicted Of Brown’s Chicken Massacre Awarded $451K For Civil Rights Suit

One of the men convicted of the 1993 Brown’s Chicken massacre has been awarded almost half a million dollars in his civil rights suit against a Cook County jail guard accused of beating him.


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Police Investigate Whether Rope At UIC Was Hate Crime Or Prank

The police at the University of Illinois at Chicago are investigating to see if a rope hanging over a fence was intended as racial intimidation–or a prank.



County Clerks Reluctant To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Despite OK From Attorney General

Cook County is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – but at this point, it seems same-sex couples in collar counties will have to wait until June.


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Police Investigating Suburban Daycare Center After Report That Employee Forcefully Grabbed Child

Highland Park Police are investigating an incident at a day care center where a 2-year-old may have been roughed up by an employee yesterday morning.


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Elderly Woman Found Dead In Snowbank

McHenry County Sheriff’s police said they were notified at about 7:15 a.m. that a driver had spotted a body in the snow along the 11500 block of Hemmer Road in unincorporated McHenry County near Huntley.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel participates in the Polar Plunge. (Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago )

Jimmy Fallon, Mayor Emanuel Take Polar Plunge In Lake Michigan

A record number of people – including a few celebrities – turned out at North Avenue Beach for the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.


Three dogs rescued from a home in Lansing, Ill. (Credit: Animal Welfare League)

Cold Weather Prompts Increase In Calls To Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society

With the thermometer down – the calls to the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society are up.


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Suspect Charged With Stealing Rare Guitar At O’Hare

Harry Manx – the Canadian musician whose Indian guitar was stolen in baggage claim at O’Hare Friday – says that guitar has been found and the thief arrested.


Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman", is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. The Sinaloa cartel leader - the most wanted by US and Mexican anti-drug agencies - was arrested early Saturday morning by Mexican marines at a resort in Mazatlan, northern Mexico. (Photo credit: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

McCarthy: Capture Of ‘El Chapo’ A Victory, But Won’t Stop Flow Of Drugs

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is a moral victory and a victory for law enforcement.


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74-Year-Old Geneva Club Changes Name To Draw More Members

An organization in Geneva that’s almost three-quarters of a century old has changed its name.


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Police Commander Pays Home Visits To Gang Members To Stop Crime

29 Austin District Police Commander Barbara West has paid a house call to gang members to say: Stop the violence and here are social services that can help you get out of a life of crime.


Four of ten guitars donated to the Cook County Jail for the "Jail Guitar Doors" program, offering weekly guitar lessons to inmates. (Credit: CBS)

Musician Whose Guitar Was Stolen At O’Hare Hopeful He Will Get It Back

Canadian musician Harry Manx – whose guitar was stolen from an O’Hare baggage claim Friday – says he is still hopeful he’ll get it back.


Tanya Sellers, her son Eagle Scout Lawrence Sellers, and his girlfriend Danetria Hutson. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Chicago Boy Scout To Receive Special Award For Shielding Girlfriend From Bullets

This evening – a South Side teenager will get an award from the Boy Scouts of America: an honor only a few other scouts have ever received in this country.


An officer searches a vehicle after an off-duty officer shot a male outside a restaurant in the 4300 block of West Fullerton Avenue Saturday night. / photo from NVP

Off-Duty Officer Shoots One In Hermosa

An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot and wounded a person outside a Northwest Side restaurant in the Hermosa neighborhood Saturday night.


Literacy Chicago teacher John Coats and student Vicki Ferguson (CBS/Steve Miller)

Literacy Volunteers, Students Honored

Doing a public reading isn’t easy for some people — especially for adults who are still learning to read. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


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Local Kid Comedian Going For Laughs On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Trevor Burke, a 6th grader at Wredling Middle School, sounded pretty self-confident about his appearance, but he said he’s still a little nervous.

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A sign made by Bob Campbell to find the owner of a lost set of keys. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Man Trying To Find Owner Of Lost Keys Blankets Brown Line Stop With Signs

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago man has blanketed the area around the Montrose Brown Line stop with signs about a lost set of keys he found – because karma counts in life, reports WBBM’s Steve [...]