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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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Federal Heat On Low-Profile, Long-Serving Aide To Chicago Ald. Austin

Chester Wilson Jr. has worked for Ald. Carrie Austin for 24 years but also developed a side business — in South Side real estate.

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Feds Open Grand Jury Probe Into Influential South Side Pastor

The federal subpoena targets 17 organizations with ties to the Rev. Leon Finney, Jr., who was a close ally of Chicago mayors for decades.

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Spicer, Brazile Will Get $50,000 To Speak At Northeastern

Some faculty and students say they oppose the invitation to Spicer, who was President Donald Trump’s White House spokesman.

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds: I Was Tortured in Africa

The thrice-convicted Reynolds is suing the former dictator of Zimbabwe and a clout-heavy Chicago businessman.

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Feds Subpoena Illinois Election Board For Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin’s Political Disclosures

FBI, federal prosecutors wanted all records of the alderman’s Democratic ward organization and two other political committees.

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Nepotism Blooms On Many Branches Of Ald. Carrie Austin's Family Tree

Seven members of Austin’s family were government employees until recently, WBEZ has found. She personally hired four of them.

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Sources: Feds Search For Michael Madigan Records At Home Of Retired Alderman

Federal agents executed the search warrant in May at the Southwest Side home of retired Chicago Ald. Michael Zalewski.

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Grand Jury Probes Austin’s Family Members, Top Aide, Food Stamps

Court documents obtained by WBEZ reveal the sweeping nature of the ongoing federal probe into 34th Ward Ald. Carrie Austin.

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Feds Raid Office Of Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin

The FBI says its agents were executing a warrant when they raided the ward office of the veteran South Side alderman on Wednesday.

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Top Illinois Republican Won’t Disclose Video Gambling Profits

Illinois Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady abstained from voting on a huge gambling expansion. But he won’t say how much he makes off video gaming.

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Illinois Gambling Addicts Wary Of Springfield’s Massive Expansion Plans

Compulsive gamblers say they need much more help, and state officials are promising a big increase in funding for addiction services.

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Cook County Judge Who Made ‘Inappropriate’ Comments Loses Reelection

The judge was under fire for remarks to a black defendant and a sex worker, according to court transcripts obtained by WBEZ.

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Illinois Is Poised To Become The Gambling Capital Of The Midwest

And like the state’s last gambling expansion in 2009, the massive new bill could bring trouble.

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Chicago Ald. Burke Faces 14 New Corruption Charges In Growing Scandal

The new counts involve the alderman allegedly shaking down developers of the Old Main Post Office and a Chicago museum.

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Cook County Judge Called Prostitute ‘Health Risk,’ Told Her To Leave State

A judge with a history of making inappropriate remarks to defendants is up for retention this week.

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Illinois Lawmaker Gives Up Role In Push for Sports Betting

State Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Chicago, works for a law firm that lobbies in Springfield for dozens of gambling companies.

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In Cash-Strapped Illinois, Lawmakers Have Ties To Video Gambling Industry

The gambling industry has made inroads into the Illinois legislature, which is poised to consider a tax increase on video poker and slots.

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State High Court Rejects Food Truck Case Against Chicago

Despite a years-long legal fight, justices ruled Thursday Chicago can keep food trucks at least 200 feet away from restaurants.

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Death Toll Rises In Waukegan Factory Blast

Search and rescue personnel have located and recovered the body of a third employee killed in the explosion and fire.

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Chicago Ethics Board Fines Ald. Ed Burke $2K For ‘Improper Influence’

The city’s ethics probe into Burke’s conflicts of interest was prompted by a WBEZ/Better Government Association investigation.

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