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Pam Zekman and Dave Savini: Investigations that get results.

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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

A Chicago ambulance (CBS)

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

Carol Ellis. (Credit: CBS)

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

A Chicago ambulance (CBS)

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

A poppy. (Credit: CBS)

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

A Chicago ambulance (CBS)

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

Blue Cross Blue Shield

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

Parking Ticket

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

Tire repair (CBS)

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

Marie Rose Demkowicz (courtesy: family)

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

A small drone hovers in the sky, (Credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

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

Erick Maya (Romeoville Police Dept.)

2 Investigators: Romeoville Shooting Victim Previously Filed Order Of Protection

The CBS 2 investigators found Briana’s mother obtained protection orders in cook and will counties to try and stop Maya from harassing and threatening her.

02/18/2014

A Chicago ambulance (CBS)

2 Investigators, BGA: Does Chicago Have An Ambulance Shortage?

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association investigate claims by some paramedics that response time is too slow.

02/06/2014

Uniformed Chicago police officers were spotted taking lunch breaks at Bourbon Street in Merrionnette Park, even though department rules say lunch breaks should be taken within their district. Other plain clothes officers also were seen there for nearly two hours, although lunch breaks are limited to 30 to 60 minutes. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Cops Assigned To High-Crime Area Watch Bears Game — For Nearly Two Hours

On Dec. 29, a group of on-duty plainclothes officers lingered at a Merrionette Park restaurant. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.

01/13/2014

Laurie Villareal's tax refund was rejected by the IRS when her daughter, Jasmine, was mistakenly listed as dead by the Social Security Administration. Laurie had declared Jasmine as a dependent on her tax return. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Woman Has To Prove Her Healthy Daughter Isn’t Dead To Claim Tax Refund

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman talks with people about the complications their lives take on when they’re listed as no longer living.

01/09/2014

Elmwood Police Sgt. John Wasilenko, left; Angelo Ditore, his alleged victim. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Cop Allegedly Bilked Ailing Senior Of $20,000

A Cook County official says Elmwood Park Police Sgt. John Wasilenko stole tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly man suffering from dementia. CBS 2’s Dave Savini reports.

01/02/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Stolen Keys Can Be Used To Access CTA Trains

The CBS 2 Investigators uncovered trains and other access points can be breached with keys that have been stolen. Dave Savini has this original report detailing what some are calling a major gap in security.

12/11/2013

Debit cards (CBS)

Man Charged In Connection With Debit Card Scam

A central figure in a debit card scam first exposed by the CBS 2 Investigators now faces federal charges.

11/27/2013