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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


How Chicago’s New Budget Could Affect You In 2018 — And Beyond

With a new city budget for 2018 comes higher taxes and fees on everything from phone lines to concert tickets to Lyft and Uber rides.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Aldermen Allocating $7M For High School Athletic Fields

Chicago aldermen are allocating $7 million dollars to building athletic fields at two public high schools.


Live At City Hall: Chance The Rapper

The Grammy Award-winner took his show to the Chicago City Council to speak out against a $95 million facility for police and firefighters.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Moves Ahead With Land For New Police, Firefighter Training Academy

The city of Chicago is moving ahead on the purchase of 30 acres on the West Side for a new training academy for cops and firefighters

WBEZ Updates

South Side Ald. Willie Cochran Collapses At Budget Hearing

A South Side alderman collapsed during a city council budget hearing late this morning.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Treasurer To Set Up Investment Fund For Loans In Low-Income Communities

Chicago’s treasurer is setting up an investment fund to give out loans to people in low-income communities.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Alderman Wants Ridesharing Fee To Double

An influential Chicago alderman wants budget officials to push for even higher ridesharing fees in the city and use that money to repeal other unpopular taxes.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Proposes Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing how the city should spend its $10 billion budget next year.


Mayor To Propose Higher Prices For Ridesharing, Big Concerts

Here is a look at we know — and don’t know — about the 2018 Chicago budget proposal that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to introduce Wednesday.

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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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