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Claudia Morell

Claudia Morell

City Political Reporter

Claudia Morell is a city political reporter for WBEZ.  

Morell joined The Daily Line (formerly Aldertrack) to expand its coverage of Chicago’s 2015 Municipal Election. She helped grow the email newsletter into a daily publication that provides in-depth coverage of city hall, Cook County, and the state capitol.  She helped develop and co-hosted a podcast, The Aldercast.

A San Francisco native, Morell moved to Chicago in 2014 to accept a reporting fellowship at WBEZ. She began her public radio career as a general assignment reporter and anchor for WFUV, an NPR affiliate based at Fordham University in the Bronx. She has a B.A. in International Political Economy and History, and an M.A. in Public Communications from Fordham University. She lives in Jefferson Park.

Recent Stories

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In Chicago Treasurer’s Race, Ald. Pawar Dinged For Low City Council Attendance

Pawar has one of the worst attendance rates in the City Council, according to a WBEZ analysis with The Daily Line.

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Emails Outline Possible Details Of Cochran Plea Talks

Cochran used his City Hall email to notify business and religious leaders about his intention to take a guilty plea on federal charges.

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.

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate Lightfoot Defends Big ‘Dark Money’ Contribution

Lightfoot says she isn’t contradicting her message of transparency by taking money from a group that doesn’t disclose its donors.

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Despite Scandal, Chicago Aldermen Delay Decision On Ethics Reforms

Concerns over aldermanic authority delayed a vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ethics reforms on Tuesday.

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Ain’t Chicago’s City Council Ready For Reform? We’ll Find Out Tuesday

A City Hall corruption scandal is prompting aldermen to talk ethics reform Tuesday. But some plans with more teeth are getting sidelined.

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Wilson Backs Lightfoot For Chicago Mayor

Wilson placed fourth in the February general election, winning most of the majority black wards on the city’s South and West sides.

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.

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Chicago’s 40th Ward: Veteran O’Connor Appears Forced Into Runoff

In an embarrassing political setback, veteran Ald. Patrick O’Connor appeared headed for a runoff after fighting a crowded five-way field.

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What Happens If There’s No Clear Winner In Chicago’s Mayoral Race?

Some election attorneys are worried about what could happen if no clear winners emerge from Tuesday's historically crowded mayoral race.

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

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Chicago’s Absent Aldermen: Who Skips The Most Meetings?

Aldermen have to approve tax hikes and huge city contracts. Still, some just don’t show up to the meetings where all that happens.

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How Often Did Your Alderman Show Up To Work At City Hall?

If City Council gave out attendance grades, most of its members would get a D. Before you vote Tuesday, see how your alderman stacks up.

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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.

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Chicago's Mayoral Candidates Answer 20 Yes Or No Questions

Before you vote, read their answers.

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Dorothy Brown May Be Short Of Signatures To Stay On Mayoral Ballot

Dorothy Brown is in danger of getting knocked off the February mayoral ballot, based on an election board report.

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Reform Ain’t Easy In Chicago — Unless There’s An Indicted Alderman

The marathon of ideas for fixing city government includes the mayor’s call for an outside audit of the city’s workers compensation fund.

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Burke Indictment Prompts Committee Resignation, Possible Reforms

Mayor Emanuel said Burke will resign from his position as chairman of the Finance Committee after being charged with attempted extortion.

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