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Dan Mihalopoulos

Dan Mihalopoulos

Reporter

Dan is an investigative reporter on WBEZ’s Government & Politics Team. He joined WBEZ in May from the Chicago Sun-Times, where he was on the newspaper’s “Watchdogs” team and wrote a weekly political column. His stories for the Sun-Times led  to the resignations of Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool and the leader of the state’s largest charter-school network.

Dan is a two-time winner of the Chicago Headline Club’s Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting and was awarded the Headline Club’s 2018 Anne Keegan Award for his feature stories about immigrants. His work also earned first prize for investigative reporting in the Education Writers Association’s national awards in 2014. 

He worked previously at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago News Cooperative (Chicago section of the New York Times) and the Chicago Tribune, where he covered City Hall, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, and the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Dan was born in Chicago, went to Maine West High School in Des Plaines and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His first language was Greek and he speaks fluent Spanish.

 

 

 

Recent Stories

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Michigan And Wisconsin Tell Chicago: ‘Stay At Your Homes’ Until Pandemic Ends

Officials in resort towns are asking owners of vacation homes and tourists to keep their distance during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Illinois Reports 1,105 New Coronavirus Cases; Pritzker Says ‘We Have Not Hit The Peak’

As the state announced 18 new deaths in the coronavirus pandemic, the governor said the worst is yet to come.

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Illinois Official: Infant Here Is First In The World To Die With COVID-19

Gov. JB Pritzker also announced the death of an employee in his administration, a worker from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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114,114 Illinois Residents Filed Unemployment Claims Last Week

New numbers reported by the state mirror the massive surge in jobless claims nationally since the coronavirus outbreak began.

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The Newly Unemployed Face An Extra Hurdle: ‘It Was Just A Busy Tone — Beep, Beep, Beep’

Illinois’ unemployment offices are closed, but the phone and online systems can’t handle the crush of applicants.

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Indicted Ed Burke Trails In A Bid To Extend His 52-Year Run As Democratic Ward Boss

State Rep. Aaron Ortiz said he was “declaring victory” over longtime 14th Ward Committeeman Ed Burke.

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State Sen. Iris Martinez Wins Democratic Primary To Replace Retiring Court Clerk Dorothy Brown

Martinez has been a legislator for 17 years and was the first Latina in the state Senate.

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Pritzker Orders No Gatherings Of 50 Or More People In Illinois, As Primary Continues

The Democratic governor also blasted the federal government for its delay in testing more people for the coronavirus.

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Cook County Commissioner Tobolski Resigns Amid Federal Corruption Probe

Tobolski hasn’t been charged, though the FBI raided his suburban office last fall and recently indicted his top aide.

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Emails Show ComEd Lobbyist’s Deep Impact In Madigan’s Inner Circle

Speaker’s top aide and utility’s chief advocate in Springfield discussed finding jobs at the power company for former aides.

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Feds Seek Documents on Madigan, Allies From Clout-Heavy Southwest Suburb

Prosecutors sent a subpoena last week to Bridgeview, whose mayor is a Democratic state senator and Madigan ally.

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‘It’s A Fixed Cost. That’s All I Ask’: A Politician’s Pitch For Campaign Cash

While seeking a tax break from the county, a suburban factory owner felt pressured into a political contribution to a county commissioner.

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Chicago’s Greeks Find A New Basketball God — Milwaukee’s ‘Greek Freak’

Hundreds of Greek Americans from the Chicago area go north to see NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Feds Indict Top Aide To Cook County Commissioner Tobolski

Tobolski’s chief of staff had a side job as a “sales agent” for a Chicago-based red-light camera company.

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Convicted Ex-Chicago Cop Plans Lawsuit Over Denial of Pension

The police pension board had approved a pension for former Officer William Pruente but reversed itself Thursday.

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Crooked Ex-Chicago Cop Fights To Get His Pension

The city’s police pension board voted to give former Officer William Pruente what he wanted — but quickly had second thoughts.

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Former Planned Parenthood Executive Charged With Theft

The employee was arrested earlier this month for allegedly stealing from the nonprofit group from July 2015 until April 2017.

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Michael Madigan’s Friend Dodges Questions About ‘Rape’ Comment In An Email

Michael McClain says the feds asked him to cooperate in their corruption probe into ComEd. But he didn’t talk about his controversial email.

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City Club President Resigns Amid Federal Corruption Probe

Jay Doherty's resignation Friday comes after WBEZ reported his connection to a ComEd lobbyist with ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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How A Madigan Operative Padded His Pension – With ComEd Work

Raymond Nice took direction from Jay Doherty, the power company lobbyist whose office was raided by the feds in May.

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