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Dan Weissmann

Dan Weissmann


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


Despite Enacting A Budget, Illinois Has A Financial Struggle Ahead

In two years with no budget, Illinois racked up $10 billion in unpaid bills — and now spends $2 million a day on interest.

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Sun-Times’ New Owners Say Path To Profit Is Work-In-Progress

The bid came together too quickly “to take our big plans and drive them into… implementation plans,” says new CEO.

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Chicago Could Save Big, Thanks To Small Provision In State Budget

The city could borrow money — hundreds of millions of dollars — at lower interest than it pays now.


Union-backed Bid For Chicago Sun-Times Moving Forward, Say Investors

“The money is there,” said one investor who is apart of the bid. “I believe there will be a transfer of ownership.”

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CPS Kids Gather At Sox Park To Meet 'The Chess Lady'

She’s the star of instructional videos used in more than a hundred CPS schools, teaching math and critical-thinking skills through chess.

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Museum Exhibit Explores The Doomsday Clock

'Turn Back the Clock' at the Museum of Science and Industry spotlights 70 years of fear and activism.


As Sears Lays Off Hundreds, A Leftover Building From Its Glory Days Gets New Life

Starting more than a hundred years ago, Sears used to print its catalogues on Chicago’s West Side in a giant brown-brick structure, a few blocks south of where the Eisenhower Expressway now runs. Sears closed the building in the early 1970s, and it sat vacant for more than 40 years. This week — as the company lays off hundreds of people — developers cut the ribbon on an affordable-housing complex in that structure.


How Much Has Illinois’ Budget Crisis Cost Each State Resident?

The state’s massive backlog of unpaid bills alone will cost residents some big bucks.

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Possible Bidders For The Sun-Times Get Extra Time To Make Offers

U.S. Justice Department’s Anti-Trust Division asked the Tribune’s parent company to pause its bid for 15 days. Now, the feds have extended that window.

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Tribune’s Parent Company May Have A Rival In Bid To Buy Sun-Times

Union for Sun-Times reporters says it has talked with two potential bidders.


Northeastern Illinois Cutting Jobs As Budget Woes Drag On

The university announced Tuesday it will eliminate about 180 full-time jobs in the coming weeks.

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Trump’s Proposed Cuts To Food Stamps Stump Current Recipients

At a food pantry on the West Side, recipients told WBEZ they had a hard time imagining how they could trim their food budget by 25 percent.

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AT&T Could Win The Right To End Land-Line Service In Illinois

Opponents say wireless networks aren’t reliable enough yet, for emergency services like 911.

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Illinois Comptroller, U.S. Reps Call On Gov. Rauner To Fight AHCA

Democrats from Illinois are calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to fight the health care bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.


How Would Trump’s Budget Affect Illinois?

The cuts won't be deeper in Illinois, but residents could be hit especially hard because of the state's budget impasse.

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Electricity Bills For ComEd Customers Will Be Higher

ComEd electricity bills are going up about five dollars in June.


Duckworth Baits Trump On Twitter

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth again took to Twitter to bait the president, this time over the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Chicago Police Will Publish Data On Misconduct Investigations — Eventually

CPD's Bureau of Internal Affairs said a new website will include info about the number of cases investigated, allegations and findings.

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New Investment Fund Targets Local Enterprises With A Social Purpose

Benefit Chicago announced its first six loans today, including one to a company which employs formerly incarcerated workers to make honey.

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New Billboards Show Englewood In A Positive Light

The Englewood Rising campaign shows everyday scenes of kids, parents, pride.

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