Prior to joining WBEZ, Michael worked for Tribune Publishing, the Chicago Sun-Times and was editor of Homicide Watch Chicago. He has also written for The Guardian U.S., Reuters, DNAinfo Chicago and Red Eye. He has been a contributor on CNN and Fox News.
Michael was born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest Side and currently lives the Bucktown neighborhood. He only eats Chicago hot dogs, dislikes the New York slice and puts giardiniera on everything. He has no opinion on the dibs system.
Stories by Michael Lansu
Two female relatives of the teacher's assistant at Vaughn Occupational High School in Portage Park are among the new victims.
People who attend or work at Vaughn Occupational High School have been advised to self-quarantine after a teacher assistant tested positive for COVID-19.
Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted again after charges were dropped last year by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman said Trump’s call was “inappropriate” and “improper.” That story and more are in today’s Rundown newsletter.
The Chicago teachers strike is finally over. That story and more are in today’s Rundown.
Trump wanted information that could lead to a corruption investigation into political rival Joe Biden.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city will have a $838 million shortfall next year. “We have some hard choices to make," she said.
The former officer was sentenced to nearly seven years for the 2014 death of a black teenager.
The judge ruled prosecutors failed to prove the three former cops conspired to cover up the shooting by convicted Officer Jason Van Dyke.
Protesters take to the streets. Critics attack the mayor and police department. A federal probe finds a pattern of abuse by Chicago cops.