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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

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Poised To Sell River Property That Could Be A Top Contender For Amazon

The city of Chicago is poised to sell property along the Chicago River that could be a top contender for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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Pop Tax Opposition May Now Have Enough Votes To Repeal

There now seem to be enough votes to repeal Cook County’s tax on sweetened beverages.

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City Agencies Prepare Security Plans For Chicago Marathon

More than a dozen city agencies met Tuesday to run through safety and security plans for this weekend’s Chicago Marathon.

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Local Elected Officials Want Puerto Ricans To Seek Help In Chicago

Elected officials in Chicago want Puerto Ricans devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria to move here for help.

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Affordable Housing Advocates Divided Over Two New Pilot Programs

Some affordable housing advocates say the pilots don’t go far enough to ensure families won’t be displaced from rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

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Chicago Alderman Advocate Tiny Homes For Homeless

Some aldermen and advocates for the homeless want to see Chicago build “tiny homes” as an affordable housing option.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Amazon To Build Its Second Headquarters Here

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Amazon to build its second headquarters here.

Chicago Alderman Rosa Speaks Out After Being Dropped From State Senator Biss's Ticket For Illinois Governor

Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa is speaking out after being dropped from State Senator Daniel Biss’s ticket for Illinois Governor.


The Pros And Cons Of Illinois’ Proposed Tax-Credit Scholarships

WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea breaks down why the proposed tax-credit scholarship is so controversial.

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Aldermen Debate Ban On Driverless Cars

Chicago aldermen debated a city ban on self-driving vehicles Monday, likening the new technology to Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine in the1985 hit Back to the Future. 

Every Other Hour

CPS Gets Renovated Auditoriums, Students Get Summer Safety

In Chicago, more than 2,300 people have been shot so far this year. Teens fixing school auditoriums say the work helps keep them safe.

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Chicago Mayor Opposed to Diverting Tax Money to Private Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he is opposed to any plan to divert public money to help pay for private school tuition, despite private emails indicating his openness to the idea.

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Emanuel Opposed To Diverting Tax Money To Private Schools

The mayor said he is opposes using public money to help pay for private school tuition, despite emails indicating his openness to the idea.


Celebrating Back To School At A Time Of Uncertainty

In Chicago this weekend, the stalemate holding up money for Illinois schools took center stage at the annual Billiken back-to-school parade.


Emanuel Open To Discussing Voucher-Like School Choice Program

In an email exchange with Cardinal Blase Cupich, the mayor was open to discussing a program that could divert millions to private schools.


Chicago Sues Trump Administration Over ‘Sanctuary’ Status

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice said it would withhold millions of dollars of grant money from sanctuary cities.

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Chicago Teens, Harvard Students Pitch Ideas To City Officials

Students from Chicago high schools and Harvard University pitched ideas for improving the city as part of an event called Pitch Black.

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Chicago Mayor Urges Override On School Funding Veto

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on state lawmakers to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s partial veto of a school funding bill.

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Emanuel Mum On Who Will Lead Chicago Police Board

Mayor Rahm Emanuel avoided answering questions Monday about who would lead the board tasked with disciplining wayward police officers.


Aldermen And Residents Reject Plan To Close Four South Side High Schools

As part of a proposal for a new high school in Englewood, schools leaders want to close four nearby high schools that are under-enrolled.

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