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Lauren Chooljian

Lauren Chooljian

City Politics Reporter

Lauren is WBEZ's city politics reporter.

Her reporting has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Jezebel, Marketplace, New Hampshire Public Radio, WAMU, and UPI, among others. She started at WBEZ as an intern, later becoming morning producer, then general assignment reporter and briefly interim business reporter. She also is a fill-in host for WBEZ’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition newscasts. She’s covered a variety of topics, including the 2015 Chicago mayoral election and runoff, the economics of ice cream trucks, Cook County and Chicago budgets, aldermanic boxing tournaments and everything in between.

She’s an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she teaches audio production courses to graduate students. In 2014, her voice was featured on a best-of list in the Chicago Tribune culture section for its “unpretentious, Peppermint Patty scratchiness” which her family especially appreciated.

Lauren holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Medill and graduated with an Honors B.A from Saint Anselm College where she majored in History. She’s also a board member of the Chicago branch of the Association for Women Journalists. She is a proud New Hampshire native, but these days you’ll find her in Logan Square.

Recent Stories

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Emanuel Says Talk With Trump Was ‘Frank’

Emanuel met privately with Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus and talked about federal protections for undocumented youth.

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Mayor Emanuel And President-elect Trump To Meet

A mayoral spokesman says Emanuel is in New York for a series of meetings, and will sit down with Trump at 9 A.M this morning.

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McDonald's Breaks Ground On Former HARPO Studio Campus

The CEO of McDonalds says Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is going to help modernize the international hamburger chain

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Emanuel, Trump Discussed Sanctuary Cities

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he received a call from President-elect Donald Trump and the two talked about the White House and sanctuary cities.

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Rauner Vetoes $215M Pension Payment For Cash-Strapped CPS

Senate President John Cullerton said Rauner "has potentially forced the layoff of thousands of Chicago teachers and district employees."

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City Council Approves New TIF Districts On North Side

Chicago City Council is signing off on a new special taxing district to revamp the Red and Purple Lines on the North Side.

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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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City Council Approves Budget With Almost No Debate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2017 budget plan calls for more police officers, additional youth mentoring programs and a tax on plastic bags.

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Kirk, Duckworth Square Off One Final Time In Late Night Debate

In the final debate for Illinois’ U.S. Senate seat before Tuesday’s election, incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park, started his opening remarks by thanking his Democratic opponent for accepting his apology regarding controversial comments he made at the previous debate.

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City Approves $2M Settlement In CPD Whistleblower Case

The Finance Committee approved a $2 million settlement in a whistleblower lawsuit that would have required Mayor Emanuel to take the stand.

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Déjà Vu In 10th Congressional District

Like a summer blockbuster sequel, the race to represent this north suburban district might look familiar.

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The Future Of Old Finkl Steel

A North Side Chicago Alderman wants lots of park space to fill the site of a former Lincoln Park steel plant.

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Aldermen Road Trip To Cleveland To Root On Cubs

At least two Chicago aldermen traveled more than five hours to cheer on the Cubs in Cleveland Tuesday night.

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Aldermen Talk Animal Control Issues

Friday's animal control hearing at City Hall shed light on some of the hairier issues aldermen are dealing with.

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Aldermen Skeptical Proposed Diversity Officer Will Impact City Hiring

Emanuel’s proposed 2017 budget includes money for a position aimed at increasing minority hiring. But some aldermen are skeptical.

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City Promises To Replace Retiring Cops And Hire More Officers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s financial team pledged to aldermen the the city will fill current and future police vacancies.

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City Hall Considers Chicago ID Cards

The city of Chicago wants to create a special ID card available for all city residents.

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Mayor Proposes Chicago Budget 'Free Of The Black Cloud Of Insolvency'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a 2017 budget proposal that he claims is “unlike any other” thanks to “hard choices” made in recent years.

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Mayor Emanuel Set To Share 2017 Budget Proposal

The mayor estimates a much lower deficit than years past. His finance team is calculating a shortfall of around $137 million dollars.

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Former Trump Delegates Say They're Sticking With Their Candidate

'It was such a little tiny thing,' said one former Trump delegate in response to the controversial 2005 video.

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