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Dan Weissmann

Dan Weissmann

Reporter

Dan Weissmann is a general-assignment reporter for WBEZ with a wide range of interests. 

Previously, he was a staff reporter for Marketplace, on the show’s sustainability desk, and reported for other national shows, including Morning Edition, 99 Percent Invisible, and Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Dan also contributed to WBEZ series including Curious City, Front and Center, and Race: Out Loud. Before public radio, Dan wrote for print and digital outlets, including the Chicago Reader, Crain's Chicago Business, and Catalyst: Independent Reporting on Urban Schools.

Recent Stories

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Rauner Has Plan To Keep Government Running In Case Of Strike

Gov. Rauner said if state workers strike, he has a plan to keep essential services running. But he hasn't said what those services are.

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Illinois Attorney General Convenes Summit On Trump Orders

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan convened civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls "troubling" executive orders.

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Study Gives Chicago Top Marks For Health Policies

A new study found Chicago has some of the best health policies, but the competition among the nation’s 40 biggest cities is not very strong.

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Why Are Prosecutors Lobbying Congress On The Affordable Care Act?

Because they don’t want to lose the ACA’s mandate that health insurance plans cover substance-abuse treatment, says Lake County prosecutor.

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CPD: Racial Profiling Complaint From U.S. Congressman 'Unfounded'

U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush filed the complaint after he was pulled over in August.

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Legislators Push To Repeal State Law That Would Outlaw Abortion In Illinois

'Trigger language' in a 1975 state law says that if Roe vs. Wade gets overturned, most abortions would immediately become illegal.

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Loyola Graduate Students Vote To Unionize

In an online statement, Loyola’s provost says the university is disappointed but will work with the union to negotiate a contract.

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McCormick Place To Conventioneers: Violence Is In Other Areas Of The City

Prospective conventioneers who ask if the city is too dangerous are told the violence is “concentrated on the far west and south sides.”

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Confiscating Guns When FOID Cards Are Revoked Would Be Tricky, Says Gun-Control Advocate

Because guns themselves aren’t registered, police would be “walking in… essentially blind” says gun-control advocate.

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Why Neil Gorsuch Could Spell Trouble For Public-Sector Unions

Legal experts think he could provide a fifth vote to overturn a 40-year old precedent that benefits unions.

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County’s Offer Of Cheap Land Won’t Be Enough To Bring Some Areas Back

Cook County’s land bank offers vacant lots for cheap, but the surrounding blocks need help too.

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State Commission Gets An Earful On Controversial Peoples Gas Project

Consumers ask the state to block a possible rate increase tied to budget-busting pipeline updates.

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Activist Reconsiders Removal Of Controversial Crosses

The leader of Mothers Against Senseless Killings wanted to remove the crosses. Now she hopes to start a community dialogue on homicide.

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Study: Gunshot Victims Don't Get Sent To Trauma Centers

About 30 percent of gunshot victims never get sent to one of the county’s 19 designated trauma centers.

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Ethics Board OKs Legality Of Funding For Emanuel's Trip To Rome

When a city-funded non-profit sent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his wife, and an entourage on a trip to Rome last fall, it didn’t violate the city’s ethics ordinance. But it didn’t look great. That’s how the city ethics board saw things, in an opinion that got a public airing this week. WBEZ’s Dan Weissmann reports.

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Prosecutors: Off-Duty Chicago Cop Shot Unarmed Man In The Back

A Chicago police officer charged with murder will be released without having to post bail.

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Expert: Chicago Likely Pays More To Borrow Than Other Cities

The city of Chicago is getting ready to borrow more than $1 billion on the bond market. It will likely pay more than other cities would.

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Judge To Review Emails To, From Governor Rauner's Press Aide

The Better Government Association, a watchdog group, has sued the governor’s office over a Freedom of Information Act request for emails.

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Tickets To Obama's Farewell Speech Bought, Sold, Traded Online

The president of a regional Better Business Bureau warned against buying tickets online: “There’s no way to verify these tickets.”

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Axelrod: Obama Address Likely To Focus On Reflections, Lessons Learned

David Axelrod said he expects the president to focus on lessons learned and reflections on the nation’s future in his address on Tuesday.

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