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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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ComEd Kept Paying Madigan Confidant After Retirement Announcement

The power company paid $361,000 in 2017 and 2018 to a clout-heavy ex-lobbyist whose home was raided by the feds in May.

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Former Madigan Aides, Political Allies Power ComEd’s Springfield Lobbying

Most firms representing the embattled power company in Springfield boast close ties to the state Democratic boss.

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Amid Federal Probe, City Club Leader Ends Work For ComEd

Jay Doherty disclosed Monday that he’s no longer working as a lobbyist for the giant power company.

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ComEd Cuts Ties With Lobbying Firm Of Prominent Chicago Alderman

Ald. Gilbert Villegas, Jr.’s company had a deal with the power company, which is facing a federal criminal probe.

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Before Alleged Bribe, Arroyo Did His Client’s Bidding in Springfield

In May, the allegedly corrupt lawmaker from Chicago defended his lobbying client’s interests in the Illinois Capitol.

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State Rep. Arroyo Charged In Corruption Case

Federal authorities leveled a corruption case Monday against State Rep. Luis Arroyo, a high-ranking Democrat from Chicago.

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Source: Feds Sought Info On House Speaker Michael Madigan In City Club Raid

Madigan’s was one name that showed up on a federal subpoena to the prominent Chicago civic organization, WBEZ has learned.

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Source: Feds Focus On Clout Hires At ComEd, Leader Of Chicago’s City Club

The feds are investigating whether ComEd hired politically connected employees and consultants in exchange for favorable government actions.

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Federal Raid In Lyons Focused on Mayor’s Office — And His ‘Home Security System’

Lyons officials made the search warrant public four days after WBEZ and the Better Government Association sued them.

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FBI Raid at Southwest Suburb Targeted Heating, Air Conditioning At Mayor’s Home

Village officials in McCook originally sought to conceal much of the federal search warrant from the public.

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WBEZ, Better Government Association Sue Southwest Suburb In Federal Raid

Officials in Lyons are blocking release of documents from an FBI search at the village hall last month.

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Unredacted Search Warrant Shows Feds’ Sprawling Probe Into Illinois State Senator

Federal agents sought information on ComEd, a speed camera company, video gambling machines, and more.

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Feds Subpoena ComEd For ‘Communications’ With Embattled Sen. Sandoval

The power company got the subpoena 10 days after federal agents searched state Sen. Martin Sandoval’s offices.

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WBEZ, Sun-Times Sue Southwest Suburb For Details Of Federal Raid

Agents visited McCook’s village hall last month, but officials have blacked out much of the search warrant.

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FBI Investigating Suburb’s Ties to Former Chicago Alderman Zalewski

After retiring from the Chicago City Council, Zalewski was hired as a lobbyist for the village of Schiller Park.

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FBI Raid At South Suburb Targeted Mayor, County Commissioner Tobolski

Like the Illinois Senate, officials in the village of McCook have heavily blacked out details in a federal search warrant.

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WBEZ Sues Illinois Senate For Documents In FBI Probe Of Sen. Sandoval

Senate President John Cullerton has blacked-out details of the federal raids, despite open-records requests from media.

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Illinois Senate President Withholds Key Details Of Raid On State Senator

State Sen. John Cullerton released a search warrant on the FBI raid of Sen. Martin Sandoval’s office, but Cullerton concealed most details.

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Sources: Feds Also Raided Contractor With Close Ties to Sen. Sandoval

Authorities raided a northwest suburban company on the same day they hit the offices of the Democratic state senator.

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Feds Raid Offices Of Powerful Democratic State Sen. Sandoval

An FBI spokesman confirmed agents were executing search warrants at several sites Tuesday. But it’s unclear what they’re investigating.

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