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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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Mendoza Rescinds Inaugural Invitation To Her Longtime Mentor

A spokesman for Justice Anne Burke — wife of Ald. Ed Burke — says Comptroller Susana Mendoza withdrew a request for Burke to swear her in.

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Dorothy Brown May Be Short Of Signatures To Stay On Mayoral Ballot

Dorothy Brown is in danger of getting knocked off the February mayoral ballot, based on an election board report.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Have It The Chicago Way? Burke Allegedly Shakes Down Burger King Execs

What did the feds say Ed Burke did? And what might it mean for Chicago politics? Our politics team takes a closer look.

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Feds Charge Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke In Corruption Case

Five weeks after the FBI first raided his offices, Ald. Ed Burke has been charged in federal court.

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How Ald. Ed Burke’s Private Law Business Intersects With His Public Power

Chicago’s longest-sitting alderman has recused himself 464 times in the last eight years. Now, conflict of interest questions have arisen after the feds raided his offices.

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Facing Federal Heat, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke Gets Help From Famed Lawyers

After the FBI raided his offices last month, Chicago’s most powerful alderman turned to two former federal prosecutors, sources told WBEZ.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

What It’s Like When The FBI Raids A Chicago Alderman’s Offices

On Thursday, the feds raided the offices of Chicago’s most powerful City Council member. We take you behind the scenes.

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FBI Raids Offices Of Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke

Federal agents showed up at the office of Chicago Ald. Ed Burke on Thursday morning to execute a search warrant, a source tells WBEZ.

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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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