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Alex Degman

Alex Degman

Statehouse Reporter

Alex Degman covers Illinois state government for WBEZ; his work is also shared with public radio stations across Illinois plus St. Louis.

Degman (which is actually what most people call him instead of ‘Alex’) reported from Springfield professionally from 2011 to 2015, preceded by Tri States Public Radio in Macomb (2009-2011) and followed by KMOX in St. Louis (2015-2022). Even in those non statehouse specific roles, he became a go to person for many things Illinois state government related.

Degman is a native of north suburban Northbrook and graduated from Glenbrook North High School in 2004, that’s where he caught the radio bug that never really went away. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 2008, which is where he caught the news bug that didn’t go away. Degman got his Master of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield in 2009, where he caught the “reporting on Illinois public policy bug” that… well, you know.

Outside of work, Degman enjoys slowly working on the 1864 Lincoln-era home he purchased in Springfield’s Enos Park neighborhood (no, there aren’t ghosts that knew President Lincoln, much to his disappointment), attempting to cook, exploring local places to support and raising Louie, a black lab mix that is a handful and a half. Louie formed Degman’s unintentional tradition of naming his black labs after Venezuelan White Sox players: Louie is named after Luis Aparicio, the late Ozzie was named after Ozzie Guillen.

Members of the Illinois Legislative Staff Association filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch Friday, alleging he’s violating their right to organize as workers.
Chicago alderpersons continue pointing fingers and placing blame over the failed construction of a migrant camp in Brighton Park. Some of Alderman Ray Lopez’s constituents used Posada as a backdrop to protest Chicago’s continued sanctuary status. Jurors get a firsthand look at the FBI raid on former Alderman Ed Burke’s office.
Family members of the 6-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was stabbed to death this weekend gathered to condemn the alleged hate crime. Chicago’s Council on American-Islamic Relations Office says they’re receiving an increasing number of Islamophobic phone calls. If college enrollment remains steady, only about 30% of Chicago Public School freshmen today are predicted over the next decade to get a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.
Prosecutors charged a southwest-suburban man with murder and hate crimes after the deadly stabbing of a 6-year-old Palestinian-American boy. Hearings kick off Monday as City Council members vet Mayor Brandon Johnson’s proposed spending plan for next year. Chicago’s homes impacted by flooding earlier this summer have more time to apply for federal relief.