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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 (CBS)

2 Investigators: Pension Fund Demands Overpayments Back, With Interest

Imagine being retired and told you owe tens of thousands of dollars in pension overpayments, plus interest, even though you did nothing wrong. CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.

09/27/2013

CBS 2's Pam Zekman talks with Patrick Daley Thompson about a tax exemption he wrongly received. (CBS)

2 Investigators, BGA: Daley Relative Gets Extra Tax Break — For 12 Years

A nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley saved thousands of dollars because one of his properties wrongly received an exemption. 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports.

09/19/2013

Prescription drug cabinet (CBS)

2 Investigators, BGA: Drugs Disappearing From Stroger Hospital

Are missing prescription drugs from Cook County Stroger Hospital supplying illegal street sales of painkillers and other narcotics? CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.

08/26/2013

This home in Cook County was wrongly listed as "vacant," which underestimated its value for property taxes. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Some Properties Still Mislabeled As ‘Vacant’ On Tax Rolls

CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports on problems that persist within the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

08/01/2013

Pizza is served at the Brain Food restaurant court. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Tourist Spots Fail Food Inspections

You would think that some of the busiest restaurants in the city — those located in tourist destinations — would be some of the safest. CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.

07/18/2013

Some advocates say hospitals will double-bill you if you're not careful. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Are Hospitals Double-Billing Some Patients?

Depending on how good or bad your insurance is — or if you have no insurance at all — you may get stuck paying excessive or duplicate charges and not even know it. CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.

06/13/2013

Illinois State Police decal. (CBS)

2 Investigators: State Police Retirees Draw Six-Figure Pensions

Retire at 50 and collect more than $100,000 a year – that’s the plan for a special group of state workers. CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.

04/29/2013

School bus accident in Wadsworth. (CBS)

Intersection Where Bus, Jeep Collided Has A Problematic Past

Fifty-three accidents occurred there between 2004 and 2011. The wrecks left 24 people injured and one dead, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports.

04/05/2013

Harrah's Casino, Joliet. (CBS)

2 Investigators, BGA: Casino Treats Joliet Officials To VIP Cards

It’s not illegal, but it’s a bad bet, the BGA says. 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports.

04/04/2013

Draft Beer

BGA, 2 Investigators: Taverns Give Campaign Cash To Mayors Who Regulate Them

At least 50 mayors who double as liquor commissioners have taken campaign contributions totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the same bars they watch over. CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.

02/26/2013

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