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Lauren Chooljian

Lauren Chooljian

City Politics Reporter

Lauren is WBEZ's city politics reporter.

She started at WBEZ as an intern in 2011 and has since 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.

Lauren is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her reporting has earned her awards from the AP and a regional Murrow Award. 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. Her work has been featured The Washington Post, NPR, Marketplace and Jezebel, among others.

She is a proud New Hampshire native, but these days you’ll find her in Logan Square.

Recent Stories

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Convicted Burglars Offer Frank Advice To Chicagoans

Seven former burglars dished out some blunt advice about protecting homes, touching upon everything from tiny dogs to the cable guy.

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Chicago EPA Workers Learn To Tone Down The Science Talk

In an effort to become more media-friendly, Chicago EPA employees hired a publicist to them the "gift of gab."

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City Crackdown On Party Buses Doesn’t Ban Legal Guns

Party buses with 15 or more people will be required to have a security guard and surveillance camera by this summer.

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Aldermen Propose Changes To Airport Security After United Passenger Fiasco

One measure seeks to give police greater control over airport security. Another proposal limits when city employees can board a plane.

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United Passenger Fiasco Sparks Security Review At Chicago Airports

Chicago's aviation commissioner said a security expert is reviewing procedures after a man was dragged off a United flight at O'Hare.

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Javy Baez Gets Honorary Street In Humboldt Park

The Cubs’ star infielder Javier Baez now has his own honorary street in Chicago.

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One Arrest Made In Facebook Live Sexual Assault

A 14-year-old has been charged for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in North Lawndale that was streamed live on Facebook.

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Chicago Picks Company To Replace 85 Percent Of City's Streetlights

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is introducing the proposal at a City Council meeting Wednesday morning.

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Aldermen Criticize CPD For Gun, Sex Offender Registries

Some Chicago aldermen questioned the number of registered gun offenders given the city’s gun violence.

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CTA To Manufacture New Train Cars In Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority will soon be sourcing its new rail cars from a factory on the Southeast Side.

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Ethics Board: No Free Sox Tickets For Aldermen

Chicago's Board of Ethics told aldermen they can't accept complimentary tickets to the White Sox Opening Day game April 3.

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How Chance The Rapper Dominated The Political Discussion This Week

WBEZ’s political reporters explain why the rapper’s criticism of Rauner might be a song some people won’t get out of their heads.

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Emanuel On Rauner: 'Emperor Wears No Clothes'

In response, a Rauner spokeswoman said the mayor has a “Napoleon complex.” It's the latest round in the heated fight over how to fund CPS.

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New York Mayor ‘Sick’ Of Trump’s Chicago Tweets

New York City’s mayor said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the only person who can solve the city’s gun violence.

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Obama-Backed Candidate Wins 4th Ward Special Election

Appointed Ald. Sophia King, who drew an endorsement from former President Barack Obama, won a 4th Ward special election Tuesday.

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Emanuel Reworks Plan For $15M Tax Rebate Money

Despite some changes, the mayor's plan still faced criticism from some aldermen who said Emanuel's priorities were misplaced.

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City Council To Vote On Emanuel's Pick For Top Lawyer

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pick to be the next top city lawyer seems likely to be approved by the City Council tomorrow. WBEZ’s Lauren Chooljian reports.

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City Council Advances Plan To Bring New Stores To Midway

It’s still unclear what will happen to George’s Music Room - a CD and electronics store that’s been at Midway since 2001.

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Ex-Obama Aide Fined $90,000 For Chicago Lobbying Violation

The board found David Plouffe violated city ethics rules when he failed to register as a lobbyist after contacting Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Old School Jams, Old School Chicago Politics

Midway Airport is getting a big makeover, but an iconic music store is not in the plans. Now, some aldermen are rushing to save it.

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