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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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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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Emanuel Talks Public Safety, Economic Investment With Trump Administration

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent Monday in Washington D.C. talking with the Trump administration about economic investment and public safety.

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Emanuel Repeats Goal Of Building O'Hare Express Train

The mayor said he wants to start building an express train from O’Hare International Airport to downtown in the next three years.

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Emanuel Shares Political Strategies With Stanford MBA Students

The mayor told the MBA students that while Democrats like to be right even if they lose, he believes that “winning is everything.”

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Emanuel, Rauner And The Trump Balancing Act

President Trump’s first few weeks in office have brought plenty of opportunities and risks for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Police Chief Falls Ill At News Conference

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was speaking at a podium the mayor stopped suddenly and turned to the police superintendent, asking "Are you OK?"

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City Officials Want Federal Help, Not National Guard

Aldermen, gathering for Wednesday's City Council meeting, spent the morning deciphering President Trump's tweet on Chicago's gun violence.

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Chicago Police: 120 Arrests Since The Start Of Last Week's Crackdown

The Chicago Police Department said it arrested 120 people since beginning a crackdown on illegal guns and drug sales late last week.

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Former Delegates Reconvene To Celebrate Trump’s Inaugural

Three of Illinois’ Trump delegates split a hotel room last July. Friday, they reconvened to watch their candidate become President.

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Emanuel's City Clerk Nominee Passes First Committe Vote

Most of the questions Anna Valencia got from aldermen were not actually questions, but compliments.

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J.B. Pritzker Contemplating Run For Illinois Governor

Pritzker, whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain, said he’s a few months away from deciding if he’ll be on the ballot.

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Potential 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Make Rounds At MLK Breakfast

Potential candidates for governor on both sides of the ticket were looking to shake a few voters’ hands while they celebrated King’s legacy.

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Obama Revisited: University of Chicago 2016

President Obama visited University of Chicago last April to speak with students and faculty about his nominee for the Supreme Court.

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Obama Revisited: King College Prep 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to King College Prep graduates two years after classmate Hadiya Pendleton was murdered.

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Photos: Obama Says Farewell In Chicago

President Barack Obama told an excited crowd at McCormick Place that "it's great to be home."

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115th US Congress Begins With Two New Illinois Democrats

Brad Schneider is one, though it's not his first time serving the 10th district. The other is Raja Krishnamoorthi, serving the 8th district.

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Chicago Delays Tax On Checkout Bags

Chicago shoppers will have an extra month before facing a new tax on so called “checkout bags.”

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