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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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Expert: Cop Who Shot Teen Had 'Remarkable' History Of Complaints

The Chicago police sergeant who fatally shot a teen has previously been suspended for excessive force and inappropriately fired his gun.

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City, Police Officer Sued in Controversial Shooting of Teen

The sergeant who shot 19-year-old Kajuan Raye was also involved in a fatal shooting in 2013.

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Negotiations Over Nuclear Subsidies Continue In Springfield

Some environmental groups back the proposal, some consumer groups oppose it and rewrites are fast and furious.

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Who Paid For Public Officials’ Trip To Rome?

Some paid their own way, some used a mix of campaign funds and their own money, some got a free ride. Ald. Ed Burke just won’t say.

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Activists Rally Against Closing Of Uptown Homeless Shelter

Activists and homeless people staged a rally in Uptown this morning outside a shelter that’s scheduled to close two days before Christmas.

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Cutting Off 'Sanctuary Cities' Wouldn’t Be Simple For President Trump

Congress would have to amend dozens of federal laws and members would want to ensure their constituents were protected, says one UIC dean.

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An Electoral College Member From Illinois Describes What Happens Next

Next month, 20 Democrats go to Springfield for a short ritual. The night before, they go out for Italian.

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Obamacare’s Repeal Would Be A 'Nightmare' For Cook County, Board President Says

Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid pumps hundreds of millions into county health system.

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Cook County Board Approves Proposed Sugary Beverages Tax

The new tax, designed to raise millions in revenue, was promoted as a way to improve public health.

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After Prison, Would-be ISIS Recruit Faces Internet Restrictions-- Like Xbox

Feds recommend shorter prison term, for cooperation, but heavy digital monitoring, post-release-- including restrictions on gaming.

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Did Rahm Use Private Email For Public Business? He Won’t Say Yes or No

Two reporters in a row asked him: Yes or no? He didn’t answer yes or no.

Morning Shift

Your Next Comptroller: Hot Race To Manage Hot Mess Of A State Budget

As Illinois contends with a severe budget crisis, the two candidates who want to work the state’s purse strings have taken off the gloves and the folks backing them are putting their money on the table.

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Voters May Eliminate Cook County Recorder Of Deeds Office

The current recorder is unopposed on this week’s ballot-- except for an initiative to merge her office into the County Clerk’s.

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Why The Race For An Obscure State Office Deserves Extra Attention

Because of the budget impasse, the comptroller makes big decisions. And that means lots of campaign cash.

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Will Topless Protester Get Her Day In Court?

Key legal question: Is going topless an “expressive” act if you’re protesting laws that forbid women from going topless?

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47 Years After Killing Fred Hampton, Cook County Honors His Mother

Fred Hampton led the Chicago Black Panther Party until he was killed by order of the Cook County State’s Attorney.

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Why Are We Even Electing a State Comptroller This Year?

Like other statewide officials, the Comptroller usually gets elected during non-presidential years.

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County Raises Minimum Wage For Suburban Workers

Workers get a bump to $10 next year, rising to $13 in 2020.

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Big Donors Creating 'New Political Landscape' in Illinois, Group Says

Three donors, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, have pumped $8 million into Republican Leslie Munger's state comptroller election campaign.

Morning Shift

Some Music Venues Not Amused Over Cook County’s Amusement Tax

What constitutes fine art? That question is at the heart of a battle over which businesses in Cook County should have to pay an amusement tax of 3 percent on ticket and cover charges.

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