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Becky Vevea

Becky Vevea

Political Reporter

Becky Vevea is a political reporter for WBEZ. She covers Chicago’s City Council, the Mayor, and the many departments that determine how the city functions. Prior to covering politics, she covered public education and the Chicago Public Schools for five years. 

Her recent work has uncovered falsified graduation data at Chicago high schools, examined how school construction projects propel the city’s deep segregation, and looked at how Illinois funds its public schools. 

In 2013, Becky became the youngest recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for her coverage of Chicago’s 50 school closings. The Schorr prize is awarded to one public radio journalist under 35 each year. She has also won three 1st place awards from the Education Writers Association, a Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club and a 1st place award from the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Prior to joining WBEZ in 2012, Becky covered public education for the Chicago News Cooperative and before that, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an education and general assignment reporter. Her work has also been published in The New York Times and USA Today.

Becky holds a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She grew up in rural central Wisconsin and currently lives in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with her husband

Recent Stories


Chicago City Council Roundup: Slowing Gentrification & Tracking LGBT Contracts

Aldermen approved a novel way to slow gentrification, while Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke passionately about an LGBT contracting proposal.


Chicago Aldermen To Vote On $3.65 Million In Legal Settlements

The City Council’s Finance Committee considers five legal settlements Monday.


Despite Dissent, Lightfoot’s 2020 Chicago Budget Wins Easy City Council Approval

The mayor’s first budget closes a projected $838 million budget gap. But for some aldermen, it wasn’t progressive enough.


Liquor Outside Wrigley? Affordable Housing In Logan? What You Missed At City Council

Aldermen talked Wrigley Plaza, a 100% affordable housing development in Logan Square and making Juneteenth an official city holiday.


Wages, Weed And Lightfoot’s Uber Diss: What You Missed At City Council

Lightfoot makes an explosive claim about Uber, while debate gets heated over how to raise Chicago’s minimum wage.


What You Missed This Week During Chicago’s Budget Hearings

Some old gripes - but new solutions - came up during the second week of City Council hearings on Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2020 budget proposal


How Will The Teachers Strike Affect Chicago’s Mayor Long-Term?

Some Chicago aldermen are breathing a sigh of relief now that Chicago teachers have reached a tentative agreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to end their strike. But it’s still unclear whether the rookie mayor will face any long-term political damage from the walkout. Listen to the story above.


What You Need To Know About Chicago's Budget Hearings

Aldermen get their chance to grill Mayor Lori Lightfoot's cabinet about her proposed 2020 spending plan.


Mayor Lori Lightfoot Pitches A 2020 Budget Plan With No Major Property Tax Hike

But the mayor wants to close the projected $838 million gap with higher taxes on ride-shares, restaurant bills and high-priced home sales.


Chicago Mayor Lightfoot To Unveil Plans For Closing $838M Budget Gap

The first-year mayor is considering higher taxes on ride-shares and restaurants. And she won't rule out another property tax hike.


Chicago City Council Roundup: Legal Pot, Booze For Breakfast, (One) Strike Averted

Aldermen approved a plan to regulate where pot shops can open. But some raised equity concerns, and vowed to take the fight to Springfield.


What’s With That Resolution On Aldermen Riding E-Scooters?

It’s a joke, mostly. Ald. Brian Hopkins combines two offbeat ideas from Bughouse Square into a City Council resolution.


Reparations, Reefer, Reforms: What You Missed At Chicago City Council

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and aldermen talked recreational pot regulations. And life may get a bit easier for ticket-prone Chicago drivers.


Chicago May Fast-Track $15 Minimum Wage, Phase Out Tipped Wage

Aldermen and advocates on Tuesday discussed moving Chicago to a $15-an-hour minimum wage years ahead of schedule.


Spare Some Change? Chicagoans Pitch Ideas To Close Huge Budget Gap

As she stares down a $838 million gap, Mayor Lori Lightfoot turned to Chicagoans for their budget ideas Wednesday night.


Chicago Mayor More Than Doubles Budget For Legal Settlements

The mayor is estimating nearly $153 million for legal fees, settlements and judgements.


Lightfoot Outlines Her Plan For Chicago's 'Staggeringly Large' Budget Gap

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city will have a $838 million shortfall next year. “We have some hard choices to make," she said.


Your Illustrated Guide To Chicago’s Budget Problems

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is making a prime-time speech Thursday to outline what’s expected to be a bad news budget. Here’s your guide.


Out With (Some Of) The Old: Track Lightfoot’s Picks To Run City Hall

We're keeping an eye on City Hall’s revolving door: where Rahm Emanuel’s top aides are going, and who Lori Lightfoot taps to replace them.

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