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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.

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

Westfield Mall. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Is Your Mall Safe?

It’s a time for giving, but sadly it can also be a time for taking by criminals such as pickpockets, shoplifters, car thieves and muggers.

11/26/2013

Debit cards (CBS)

2 Investigators: Debit-Card Holders Duped Into Giving Out PIN Numbers

If promises of quick cash sound too good to be true, they probably are, authorities warn. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman talks with one victim.

11/21/2013

Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Delays Plague State Crime Lab

Piles of evidence, critical to getting criminals off the street, sits at the Illinois State Police crime lab. Major delays in testing frustrate crime victims and means some dangerous offenders remain free. Dave Savini and the CBS 2 Investigators look into these delays in this original report.

11/20/2013

Kratom. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Dangerous New Drug Kratom Being Sold Legally In Illinois

The DEA says there’s a new and dangerous drug popping up all over the country and parents need to be on the look-out for it. The CBS 2 Investigators found while it’s banned in some states it’s being legally sold all over the Chicago area.

11/19/2013

Water faucet (CBS)

2 Investigators: New Study Casts Doubt On Lead Testing In Tap Water

The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection found the testing methods it requires water utilities to use nationwide systematically misses high lead levels. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.

11/14/2013

Surveillance  image of an alleged robber in Bucktown. (Credit: Daria Bernacki)

2 Investigators: Police Ignore Home Surveillance Video In Bucktown Robberies

Cameras catching criminals in action, yet the offenders remain free. Home surveillance cameras record potentially great evidence, but police do not always use it. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini has this original report.

11/13/2013

Fake service dog credentials purchased over the internet. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Fake Service Dog Credentials Easily Available Online

You see them from time to time on buses, trains, restaurants and even airplanes: Service dogs, who appear to be assisting their disabled owners. But, a disturbing new trend is raising questions about which dogs really deserve to have special access.

11/12/2013

Some Campbell's soups get an endorsement from the American Heart Association, even though they have 410 mg of salt per serving. (CBS)

Suit: Campbell’s, Heart Organization Misled Consumers Over Salt Content In Soup

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman looks at the salt content of a common brand of soup, which gets the endorsement of the American Heart Association.

11/01/2013

Don Banks and Angela Seals-Banks, whose son's 2002 murder remains unsolved.

2 Investigators: Parents Say Cops Didn’t Do Enough To Solve Son’s Murder

Killers are getting away with their crimes, more often than you probably think. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini looks at how often Chicago Police solve murders and and how often killers remain at large.

10/22/2013

A Halloween decoration has a label warning that it 'contains chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects.'  (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Halloween Decorations Could Be Health Hazard

Halloween is known for kids in costumes and scary decorations. But the 2 Investigators found some decorations that could actually be hazardous to your health. Pam Zekman reports on this Halloween scare.

10/16/2013

O'Hare International Airport

2 Investigators: Are Airline Pilots Getting Enough Training?

Tougher pilot training standards, expected to be released next week, have fallen victim to the government shutdown. Those fighting for the now-delayed federal rules say the changes could make regional flights safer.

10/15/2013

Walgreens sales tags aren't always accurate, the 2 Investigators report. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Walgreens Posting Expired Sales Tags

Walgreens has settled pricing lawsuits in California and Wisconsin and is facing a new lawsuit from the attorney general in Missouri for deceptive pricing practices.

10/11/2013

Molly, the powder or crystalline form of MDMA -- the chemical in ecstasy -- is gaining popularity as a party drug. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Overdoses Of Drug ‘Molly’ Skyrocketing

Skyrocketing overdoses of a drug called Molly have law enforcement concerned. CBS 2’s Dave Savini investigates Molly also known as MDMA.

10/08/2013

A bench at Brookfield Zoo shows wear and tear. (CBS)

Brookfield Zoo Makes Repairs After Visitor Contracts Tetanus

Zoo staff members are fixing or marking safety hazards that CBS 2 exposed with undercover cameras earlier this week. CBS 2’s Dave Savini reports.

10/03/2013