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Becky Vevea

Becky Vevea

Political Reporter

Becky Vevea is a political reporter for WBEZ. She covers Chicago’s City Council, the Mayor, and the many departments that determine how the city functions. Prior to covering politics, she covered public education and the Chicago Public Schools for five years. 

Her recent work has uncovered falsified graduation data at Chicago high schools, examined how school construction projects propel the city’s deep segregation, and looked at how Illinois funds its public schools. 

In 2013, Becky became the youngest recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for her coverage of Chicago’s 50 school closings. The Schorr prize is awarded to one public radio journalist under 35 each year. She has also won three 1st place awards from the Education Writers Association, a Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club and a 1st place award from the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Prior to joining WBEZ in 2012, Becky covered public education for the Chicago News Cooperative and before that, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an education and general assignment reporter. Her work has also been published in The New York Times and USA Today.

Becky holds a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She grew up in rural central Wisconsin and currently lives in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with her husband

Recent Stories

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Politics of Chicago’s Lincoln Yards

The plans to build a mini-city along the North Branch of the Chicago River have been winding their way through the byzantine City Council process for the last year. The $6 billion project, known as Lincoln Yards, is one that Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to lock in before he leaves office in May. But with the clock ticking, public money on the line, and a heated runoff election just weeks away, the development along the muddy riverfront is leading to a lot of political mudslinging at a pivotal moment in Chicago.


Who Will Endorse Lightfoot Or Preckwinkle For Mayor?

Those in the April 2 runoff now compete for Chicagoans who did not vote for either of them. Endorsements from losing candidates could help.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Results Show

It was an election for the history books. With no incumbent on the ballot and 14 candidates for mayor, just a third of all registered voters in Chicago cast ballots this week and the results are in. WBEZ’s Becky Vevea, Dan Mihalopoulos, Claudia Morell break down what it all means for the city and what’s next.


Chicago’s 30th Ward: Reboyras, Gutierrez Appear Headed For April Runoff

Ald. Ariel Reboyras held a narrow lead over Jessica Washington Gutierrez, the daughter of retired U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez.


10 Fast Facts About Voting In Chicago’s Municipal Elections

Here are a few handy reminders as you head to the polls on Election Day.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Final Countdown: Chicago Election Extravaganza!

It’s the final countdown! Chicago’s municipal elections are next Tuesday. Voters will get to pick from 14 candidates to be the next mayor and pick someone to represent their neighborhood too. This week, WBEZ’s team of political reporters will answer your last minute questions and introduce you to a person taking his job as citizen very seriously


What The 30th Ward Race Highlights About Chicago’s 2019 Elections

Across the city, young challengers are taking on long-time incumbents and pushing to redefine what an alderman does.


Police: Aurora Gunman Likely Knew He Was Being Fired

Henry Pratt Company's CEO confirmed the gunman was being terminated on Friday “for a culmination of various workplace rules violations."


Chicago’s Elections Are Feb. 26. Here’s Your Crib Sheet

In addition to the mayoral race, all city-wide officials and 50 aldermanic seats will be on the ballot. These are the races to watch.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Do Endorsements Matter?

Newspapers, unions, and even celebrities are throwing their weight — and in some cases, money — behind their choice for Chicago’s next mayor. This week, the WBEZ politics team digs in to a time-honored political tradition: endorsements. Do they still matter in 2019?

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Help! I don’t know who to vote for!

How the heck is a Chicago voter supposed to make sense of a mayor’s race with 14 candidates? Well, you’ve got about two weeks to figure that out. So WBEZ has cooked up a nifty way to help you choose which candidate you most align with, and our reporters answer some of your questions. Deep breath.


Why Some Votes May Not Count In Chicago’s City Clerk Race

A court challenge means some votes for city clerk may not count, but an election board spokesman says that doesn’t mean they’d be wasted.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Feds Investigate City Hall: Sex, Drugs, and Not-So-Happy Endings?

A second alderman is in the crosshairs of federal authorities. Last week, Ald. Danny Solis (25th) was revealed to be wearing a wire in the case against powerful Alderman Ed Burke (14th). This week, a series of stories from the Chicago Sun-Times explains why Solis’ has been cooperating with the FBI. Turns out, the feds built a case against him in 2014, involving Viagra, a massage parlor, and a party at Oprah’s former farm, as well as lots of personal spending from campaign accounts. The 120-page affidavit obtained by the Sun Times also outlined a meeting Solis arranged between a Chinese hotel developer and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Jon Seidel, reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times, joins host Becky Vevea with the latest.


How To Spend Election Season When You're The Only One On The Ballot

WBEZ talked with four Chicago aldermen who are being handed another term in office. How are they spending their time this election season?


Chicago's Mayoral Candidates Answer 20 Yes Or No Questions

Before you vote, read their answers.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

How Chicago’s Ticketing System Can Ruin Someone’s Life

We all hate them. But parking and traffic camera tickets generate millions for the city of Chicago every year. A WBEZ/ProPublica Illinois investigation reveals that system puts a huge burden on the very people who can least afford it. We look at how one ticket can ruin someone’s life, and what mayoral candidates will do to change the discriminatory system.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Chicago Neighborhoods Define The Issues

Many activist groups want the mayoral candidates to take a break from the mudslinging. We hear them describe some of the city's big issues.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Wards To Watch

There are 50 wards in Chicago, each with its own mini-mayor. A handful of races for alderman are especially hot this year. We look at four.


Mayoral Candidate Daley: Create 50 Elected Mini School Boards In Chicago

Bill Daley wants to replace the city’s hyperlocal school councils with larger, neighborhood-based elected boards.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Have It The Chicago Way? Burke Allegedly Shakes Down Burger King Execs

What did the feds say Ed Burke did? And what might it mean for Chicago politics? Our politics team takes a closer look.

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