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Pam Zekman and Dave Savini: Investigations that get results.

Check out our recent 2 Investigators stories below. Do you have an idea or investigative tip for one of our 2 Investigators reports? Please email Dave Savini or Pam Zekman directly.

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2 Investigators: Cops Used TASER Several Times On Mentally Ill Man, Family Says

A call to Chicago police for help with a mentally ill man led to an arrest, a TASER being repeatedly deployed and an outraged family. CBS 2’s Dave Savini reports.

05/16/2014

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2 Investigators: Kids Used To Sell Candy For Fake Charities

Young children are being sent to unfamiliar neighborhoods sell candy door-to-door in the name of charity. CBS 2’s Dave Savini has been investigating these operations and found, in some cases, criminals claim to have charities and use children to peddle their goods.

05/13/2014

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2 Investigators: Alternative Power Suppliers May Not Be Cheaper

As 2 Investigator Pam Zekman found out, you need to be careful before you sign on with a company to replace your area utility.

05/09/2014

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2 Investigators: Some Trucking Firms On Federal Watch List For Safety Violations

The issue is fatigued driving: truckers who violate federal regulations that limit the hours they can stay on the road without a break. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.

05/08/2014

Cartons of mail ready to be sorted sit on a shelf at the U.S. Post Office sort center. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

2 Investigators: Complaints Growing Over Undelivered Mail

Regular mail delivery is taken for granted by most people, but now there’s been a growing chorus of complaints from residential neighborhoods across the city to businesses in the Loop.

05/07/2014

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2 Investigators: What Passengers Are Breathing On Metra Train Cars

CBS 2’s Dave Savini launched an investigation to find out what passengers are being exposed to.

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Edward Downes  says he suffered a stroke after taking Androgel. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Low-T Drugs Could Have Dangerous Side Effects

It’s a billion dollar a year business. Millions of men are taking testosterone drugs many to help increase energy, libido and muscle mass.

04/29/2014

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2 Investigators: Injured Fans File Lawsuits Against Major Concert Promoter

They just wanted to see their favorite performers in concert, but ended up in the hospital instead. CBS 2’s Dave Savini reports on lawsuits filed against Live Nation.

04/10/2014

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2 Investigators: Union Agreement Calls For More Ambulances, Paramedics

Following a 2 Investigators and Better Government Association report about a shortage of ambulances, big changes are coming.

04/09/2014

TSA officers found two military-grade shells in the bags of two minors returning to the U.S. from London on Monday. (Credit: Transportation Security Administration)

WWI Artillery Shells Found In Teens’ Luggage At O’Hare

The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe.

04/08/2014

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2 Investigators: Woman Mistakenly Declared Dead Instead Of Daughter

Every month, as many as 800 people are incorrectly listed as deceased by the Social Security Administration. It’s a problem the 2-Investigators first highlighted earlier this year and now Pam Zekman finds other victims of this bureaucratic mistake, who were devastated by the aftermath of the gaffe.

04/02/2014

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Aldermen Call For Investigation Into Apparent Ambulance Shortage

A CBS 2 and Better Government Association investigation is getting results as alderman are calling for an investigation and hearings into potentially life threatening ambulance shortages in the city of Chicago.

04/02/2014

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2 Investigators: Dried Poppy Pods Sale Lands Chicago-Area Man In Legal Trouble

Baking with poppy seeds and using the pods in flower arrangements are both common but few people know that growing a certain kind of poppy plant or possessing them is illegal in the United States. CBS 2-Investigators talked to a West Chicago man who found out the hard way.

04/01/2014

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2 Investigators, BGA: Ambulance Response Times Getting Worse As Memo Aims To Quiet Dispatchers

The CBS 2 Investigators and the Better Government Association have been warning about an apparent shortage of Chicago ambulances and paramedics. The result, dangerous delays for patients needing emergency care.

03/25/2014

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2 Investigators: Transition To Affordable Care Act Rough For Some Blue Cross Customers

CBS 2’s Dave Savini talked with a number of Chicagoans who are caught in insurance limbo –- and to Illinois’ biggest insurer, which says it is working hard to fix some problems.

03/13/2014

Two sisters -- shown here as youngsters -- were kept in foster care for years, even though an aunt was trying to gain custody, the family says. (courtesy: family)

2 Investigators: Clerical Error Keeps Sisters Stuck In Abusive Foster Care For Years

2 Investigator Dave Savini reveals how actions by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services kept two girls from their family.

03/10/2014

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2 Investigators: City Residents Complain Faulty Pictures Not Proof Of Parking Violations

It’s the newest thing: You get a notice of a parking ticket in the mail, along with so-called evidence that the violation occurred. But, viewers have complained to the CBS 2 Investigators that the photographic proof taken by city workers may prove nothing at all. Pam Zekman tells us what’s going on here.

03/04/2014

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2 Investigators: City Paying Pothole Claims Only About Half The Time

CBS 2 obtained a list of about 2,100 claims made by pothole victims from 2011 through 2013, which totaled about $1.2 million. Only about $217,000 was ever paid out, and half these filed claims are unresolved. CBS 2’s Dave Savini reports.

02/26/2014

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2 Investigators: Assisted-Living Facility Neglected Resident, Suit Says

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman finds that some assisted living facilities do not give residents the help they need and have violated state regulations requiring them to have sufficient staff.

02/24/2014

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2 Investigators: Domestic Drones Raise Safety, Privacy Concerns

CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports drones are a big question for the FAA, the state and even the Chicago City Council. One alderman is predicting chaos in the skies if the use of drones is not regulated,

02/19/2014