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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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Ald. Burke Linked To Indicted Developer

A real estate developer is accused of steering legal work to Burke in exchange for a permit and financing for a redevelopment project.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Analysis: Chicago Elects Lori Lightfoot Mayor, Kicks Out Veteran Aldermen

Lori Lightfoot won the mayor’s race with by a gargantuan margin. City Council veterans got the boot. Here’s what it means.

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Lori Lightfoot Elected Chicago’s First Black Woman Mayor

After eight years under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago will now be led by someone who has never held an elected office.

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Baja Representación Latina en el Gobierno Condal de Preckwinkle

Por esa razón y otras, muchos líderes latinos como Chuy García dicen que apoyan a su rival por la alcaldía de Chicago, Lori Lightfoot.

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Lack Of Latinos At County Hinders Preckwinkle’s Mayoral Bid

Latino leaders like U.S. Rep. “Chuy” Garcia say the lack of Hispanics in Preckwinkle’s administration pushed them to endorse Lightfoot.

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate Lightfoot Defends Big ‘Dark Money’ Contribution

Lightfoot says she isn’t contradicting her message of transparency by taking money from a group that doesn’t disclose its donors.

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate Lightfoot Got Big Bucks From ‘Dark Money’ Group

Running for Chicago mayor as a reformer, Lori Lightfoot benefited from the sort of shadowy group often associated with conservative causes.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Illinois’ Bad Bet On Video Gambling

A decade ago, Illinois politicians legalized video gambling in hopes of generated much-needed money for the state. But like so many stories in Illinois, this one didn’t turn out to be that simple. WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos and ProPublica Illinois’ Jason Grotto have spent months digging into what happened.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Results Show

It was an election for the history books. With no incumbent on the ballot and 14 candidates for mayor, just a third of all registered voters in Chicago cast ballots this week and the results are in. WBEZ’s Becky Vevea, Dan Mihalopoulos, Claudia Morell break down what it all means for the city and what’s next.

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Embattled Alderman Ed Burke Leads Challengers In 14th Ward Election

Despite being charged with corruption less than two months before the election, Burke appeared headed to a victory Tuesday night.

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Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle Head To Runoff Election For Chicago Mayor

The former police board head will take on the Cook County Board president in an April runoff for mayor. The victory of either will make history as Chicago's first black woman in the job.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Final Countdown: Chicago Election Extravaganza!

It’s the final countdown! Chicago’s municipal elections are next Tuesday. Voters will get to pick from 14 candidates to be the next mayor and pick someone to represent their neighborhood too. This week, WBEZ’s team of political reporters will answer your last minute questions and introduce you to a person taking his job as citizen very seriously

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Anne Burke Accused of Breaking Rules for High Court Judges

The Illinois Supreme Court justice, who is the wife of Ald. Ed Burke, faces a complaint about a fundraiser in her home.

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Preckwinkle’s Son Works For Firm That Got County Business

Preckwinkle has criticized other politicians for nepotism, but her son’s employer has enjoyed multiple contracts at county forest preserves.

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Illinois Allowed Video Gambling And Left Addicts With A Losing Hand

Video gambling has been described as “the crack cocaine of gambling.” Yet the state hasn’t addressed addiction in any meaningful way.

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Ex-Moreno Aide: Alderman Told Staff To Take Off Shirts For Pay Raise ‘Contest’

Former aide Belia Portillo levelled the charge against Ald. Proco Joe Moreno just days before he’s up for re-election in Chicago’s 1st Ward.

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Lawsuit: Big Campaign Donors To Mendoza, Solis Engaged In ‘Sham’

Firms that gave to mayoral hopeful Susana Mendoza are allegedly “front companies” for investors who profit from a state program.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Help! I don’t know who to vote for!

How the heck is a Chicago voter supposed to make sense of a mayor’s race with 14 candidates? Well, you’ve got about two weeks to figure that out. So WBEZ has cooked up a nifty way to help you choose which candidate you most align with, and our reporters answer some of your questions. Deep breath.

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In About-Face, Mendoza Rids Campaign Of Solis-Linked Donations

Mayoral hopeful had said she’d donate contributions from government mole Danny Solis if he was charged. Then she changed her mind.

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Here’s What The FBI Seized From Chicago Alderman Ed Burke’s Office

The powerful politician has been charged with attempted extortion. Now officials have revealed what investigators took from his office.

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