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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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Forest Park Voters Become First In Illinois To Remove Video Gambling

In a referendum Tuesday, voters in the western suburb became the first in Illinois to reverse an official decision to allow video gambling.

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WBEZ Sues Cook County For Commissioner’s Emails Regarding Political Fund

The county denied the station’s open-records request for official messages pertaining to a political group founded by Gainer.

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‘Blue Wave’ Swamps Two Cook County Board Republicans

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ran unopposed, but pushed hard to try to oust three Republicans.

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Lauren Underwood Wins Illinois’ 14th Congressional District

The 32-year-old, who worked in the Obama administration, won in a district that had been an exurban Republican bastion for decades.

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Chicago’s Western Suburbs Turn Blue

After tight race, 6th District begins a new era with Democrat Sean Casten.

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Democrat Kwame Raoul Wins Illinois Attorney General Race

The Democratic State Senator will be the next Attorney General of Illinois, beating out Republican Erika Harold in Tuesday’s election.

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Mike Braun Wins Indiana Senate Race

Republican Mike Braun beat incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly on Tuesday night in the hotly contested Indiana Senate race.

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JB Pritzker Wins Illinois Governor’s Race

In one of the most expensive governor’s races in history, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner suffered a resounding defeat to Democrat JB Pritzker.

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Mendoza Recorded Mayoral Announcement Video — But Still Plays Coy

The Democrat is asking for a 4-year term as Illinois comptroller. But WBEZ got her announcement video for a 2019 mayoral run.

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Forest Park Voters Could Be First In Illinois To Remove Video Gambling

On Tuesday, voters in the western suburb could be the first in Illinois to reverse an official decision to allow video gambling.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Race In The Governor’s Race

The truth about diversity inside the Rauner administration and a look at how Pritzker has handled his own stumbles when it comes to race.

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Rauner: ‘Very Proud’ Of Minority Appointees To Cabinet, State Boards

Rauner defended himself after a WBEZ investigation found relatively few people of color in the top ranks of his Republican administration.

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Rauner Appoints Mostly White Men To Illinois Boards, Cabinet

Gov. Rauner claims to have appointed “a huge number” of blacks and Hispanics to key leadership positions, but data don’t back that up.

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County Judge Disciplined For ‘Inappropriate’ Remark To Black Defendant

The judge, who is white, was put on administrative leave for telling the black defendant, “You were never a slave."

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Chicago Cops Will Work Longer Shifts Ahead Of Van Dyke Verdict

The Chicago Police Department plans to put all officers on 12-hour shifts once the jurors begin deliberations in the high-profile trial.

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White Cook County Judge Tells Black Defendant: ‘You Were Never A Slave’

A Cook County judge in Rolling Meadows made the racially charged comment from the bench at a July hearing, records show.

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Bill Daley Running For Mayor Of Chicago

Another Daley has his eyes on the fifth floor of Chicago’s City Hall.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

With Rahm Out, Who’s Chicago’s Next ‘Boss’?

The backstory behind Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s abrupt announcement that he won’t be seeking a third term.

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'Exploratory Committee’ For Mayor On Preckwinkle’s Agenda

Sources near the Cook County Board president say she has not yet decided on a mayoral run but is being encouraged by supporters.

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Axelrod: Emanuel Likely Consulted Obama, Clinton Before Announcement

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel likely sought advice from his two old White House bosses before deciding to give up his job.

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