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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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Analysis: Mayor Emanuel’s Public Safety Speech

So what does the mayor think can be done about public safety? What will his plan to fight it entail?

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Mayor Emanuel To Give 'Major' Public Safety Speech

Emanuel will deliver what he called a major public safety speech that is expected to outline a violence solution.

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Purification Plant Renamed For Mayor Eugene Sawyer

A South Side water purification plant has been officially renamed for the late Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer.

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City Council Approves Water, Sewer Tax Hike

Chicagoans will see their water and sewer bills rise by 29.5 percent in the next five years. The mayor’s team said more revenue will be needed.

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Alderman Reaches Out To Activist After Confrontation

Ald. Leslie Hairston says she hopes Lamon Reccord learned from a protest that led to him being charged with threatening a public official.

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City Council Committee Approves Water And Sewer Tax Hike

A City Council committee has approved the mayor’s plan to hike water and sewer taxes to pay for pensions.

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Emanuel Says More Cops Top Priority In 2017 Budget

Emanuel said there will be a "net increase" of police officers in next year’s budget, but exactly how many is up to the superintendent.

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Alderman To Pitch Music Venue In Douglas Park

Michael Scott Jr. said tonight he will share a plan with his residents for a small-scale music venue for audiences of up to 7,500 people.

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Mayor Says He’ll Hire More Cops, Gives Few Details

Emanuel promises more cops on the street, head of police union says they need 2,000 more patrol officers.

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Emanuel Cheers Growth Of Chicago Film Industry

The mayor spent part of his Wednesday with famous TV producer Dick Wolf.

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Emanuel Releases Proposal To Revamp Police Oversight

The ordinance would create a new police watchdog and replace the Independent Police Review Authority, but there could be sticking points.

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Mayor Emanuel To Release Plan About Replacing IPRA

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today is expected to release details about his plan to replace the Independent Police Review Authority.

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Emanuel Says Officer In Rhymefest Incident Will Be Disciplined

This follows inappropriate treatment of the Chicago hip hop artist this weekend.

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The Pitch For A New Kind Of IPRA

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is meeting with Chicago aldermen as he tries to pitch a new agency that could replace the Independent Police Review Authority.

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Emanuel Says His Opinion On Blagojevich Decision Doesn't Matter

"Regardless of what you thought of what former governor Blagojevich did, you could see the human toll on that family."

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Late Entrance To The Democratic Convention

After the mayor skipped the first two days of the convention, some reporters questioned his status on the national political scene.

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Congressman Luis Gutierrez On Obama's Presidential Legacy

Tonight, President Barack Obama takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. WBEZ’s Lauren Chooljian spoke with Illinois U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez about what Obama’s presidential legacy means to him.

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Illinois Sanders Delegate Says Party Leaders Should Be More Welcoming

An Illinois delegate for Bernie Sanders says he wishes leaders of the Democratic party would be kinder to Sanders supporters.

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Lisa Madigan's Political Future

llinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her father’s job as Speaker of the House continues to be a factor in her political future.

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Illinois Delegation Show Unity At DNC

The Illinois Democratic Party got 90 seconds in the national spotlight last night - as delegates officially cast their votes for the party's nominee for president.

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