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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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New Cost Hike for Illinois Pensions Mirrors National Trend

Other states are lowering expectations for how well their investments will do—which means putting in more money upfront.

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Chicago 'Bubble Zone' Ordinance Challenged

The Chicago ordinance creates a “bubble zone” around people going into healthcare facilities -- including abortion clinics.

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Transgender Woman Sues City For Right To Perform Topless In Bars

Why do men get to perform bare-chested, if women—including trans women—don’t?

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It’s Bat Season. Some Of Them Have Rabies. Keep Cool And Call For Help.

Don’t get bit. And be glad you don’t live in Texas. Lots of rabid animals there.

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Lawsuit Over Gay Conversion-Therapy Ban Could Hinge On A Single Word

Does “disorder” mean illness? Pastors say, to them, it means sin. They want an exemption from the ban.

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Chicago Police Chief Says Fundamental Reform Is Already Underway

Superintendent Eddie Johnson points to quick release of the Paul O’Neal video as evidence.

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Chicago Police Chief Seems To Blame Spike In Shootings On Laquan McDonald Video

Asked why Chicago has more shootings than other cities, Superintendent Johnson cites fallout from video’s 2015 release.

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State Budget Mess Forces Metra To Pull Back From New Rail-Car Purchase

Plans to buy 367 cars were based on assumption that Illinois would have a capital plan. But that's unlikely before a full-year budget.

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Indiana Officials Still Don’t Know What Caused Dump From BP Refinery

The Whiting plant has a history of problems with pollution.

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Was Mercury Dumped Into Lake Michigan? Indiana, BP Officials Can’t Say

The company’s refinery in Whiting dumped more waste than its permit allows. What was in that waste?

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Owners Of The Suburban Daily Herald To Buy Papers In Southern Illinois

Rural areas are “behind the rest of the country in getting rid of print.”

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TIF Districts Add To Bump In City Tax Rates

Chicagoans’ wallets are lighter this week, after the City raised tax rates to pay for pensions. Special districts push rates higher yet.

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Emanuel Defends Property Tax Increase

With property tax payments due today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending an increase of more than $300 million reflected in those bills.

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Illinois Elections Will Likely Be Very, Very Expensive

Top Democratic and Republican campaign funds hold more than $68 million.

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Chicago Officials To Hold Hearings On Police Reform

City officials will hold two sets of hearings on police reform in the coming weeks. Last Thursday night, eight aldermen from the progressive caucus held a lively, well-attended hearing on police reform and promised to hold five more. The next day, Mayor Emanuel’s office announced a series of five meetings on the same topic 32nd Ward Alderman and progressive caucus chair Scott Waguespack says the announcement came as a surprise. He says he was more concerned by the mayor’s further statement that the Council would vote on a police-reform measure in September. He thinks that’s too fast for thoughtful, effective reforms. He says his group will go forward with its own hearings. The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Political Fund Backing Rauner’s Agenda Closes, Returns Millions

Illinois GO aimed to support Democrats who would buck their party… but only one did. He lost big, despite millions from Illinois GO.

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Justice Department Hears Stories Of Police Abuse At North Side Forum

As federal lawyers continue civil rights investigation, citizens describe targeting, allege misconduct and demand changes.

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In Chicago, The Fix Is In—Say People Who Can Do The Fixing

An online survey targets business leaders at companies with more than a million in annual revenue and 90 percent agree.

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With Election Day Years Away, Emanuel Campaign Fund Collects Big Donations

With approval ratings low, is the mayor sending a signal that he doesn’t want to be seen as a lame-duck?

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With Election Day Years Away, Emanuel's Campaign Fund Collects Big Donations

With approval ratings low, is the mayor sending a signal that he doesn’t want to be seen as a lame-duck?

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