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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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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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New Paper Uses Parking Meter Deal As Case Study: How NOT to Privatize

Chicago didn’t just trade away meter revenue. It gave up a huge public-planning tool.

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Problems With Train Cars In Singapore Raise Questions For CTA

They’ve got cracks at the base, and CTA just hired the same manufacturer to make hundreds of cars here.

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Abner Mikva’s Memories Of Chicago Politics

From being the guy nobody sent to mentoring future leaders.

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Illinois Adds A New Requirement For Unemployment Benefits

Applicants will have to upload resumes to a state-run job-search site.

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Chicago Activists Ask Rauner’s Neighbors To Help Lobby For CPS Money

They knocked on doors in Winnetka, on the block where the governor lives. Thursday is the last chance for state legislators to vote on school funding for the fiscal year that starts Friday.

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City Treasurer Could Loan Chicago Schools Money

City Council is considering a proposal that would allow investments in “sister agencies.”

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Bond Sale Good Timing For Illinois

When you’ve got no budget, and the worst credit rating of any state, that sounds like bad timing to borrow 550 million dollars for infrastructure. But in another way, yesterday’s bond sale was good timing for Illinois.

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Local Hospitals Get Closer To Merger

One financial analyst thinks that could mean more efficiency and lower prices, thanks to Obamacare. But it's not all good news.

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As Of Today, Wrigley Produces Skittles In Chicagoland

Until now, the colorful candies have come only from Waco, Texas.

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Under Law, When The State Pays Late, It Pays Interest. A Lot.

As the budget impasse drags on, the state’s unpaid bills pile up. So does interest on those late bills.

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Special Police Unit Will Cover Summer Hotspots

The team will patrol parks and respond when tense neighborhoods erupt.

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Sears—A Chicago Icon—To Shut Its Oldest Store

Sears—now on deathwatch—was the Amazon of its era. Back then, putting its HQ in Chicago was a key to the company’s dominance.

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Sears To Report Earnings, Close Oldest Store

It’s hard to envision a scenario where Sears can stay a going concern over the next five years.

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E-cigarette Poisonings Surge In Children, Study Says

Electronic cigarettes have sickened rising numbers of young children, but vape shops say that's not the industry's fault.

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