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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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Despite Federal Heat, Loyal Supporters, Donors Defend Chicago Ald. Austin

An FBI raid and federal probe didn’t stop Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin from holding her fall fundraiser at a banquet hall Friday night.

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Federal Heat On Low-Profile, Long-Serving Aide To Chicago Ald. Austin

Chester Wilson Jr. has worked for Ald. Carrie Austin for 24 years but also developed a side business — in South Side real estate.

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Study Raises Doubts About Chicago Casino; Cites ‘Onerous’ Taxes, Fees

An independent consultant finds high taxes and market saturation could make a Chicago casino unfeasible for investors.

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Hot Mic Highlights Police, Mayor Ongoing Divide

A hot mic and a diss by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is adding fuel to the feud between City Hall and the police union.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Acknowledges Fumble On Casino Announcement

“We will own it,” Lightfoot says of the backlash from some aldermen.

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Alderman In High-Rent Chicago Neighborhood Can’t Afford His Rent

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly says his office rent has nearly tripled and he “simply couldn't afford it.”

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How Far Should Mayor Lightfoot Go To Curb Chicago Aldermen?

Mayor Lightfoot came to City Hall demanding an end to aldermanic privilege. But some city insiders and aldermen say the system works fine.

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‘I Am Better Than This’: Ex-Chicago Ald. Cochran Gets 1 Year In Corruption Case

“My human frailties have brought me shame,” Cochran said before being sentenced. He had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

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Feds Raid Office Of Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin

The FBI says its agents were executing a warrant when they raided the ward office of the veteran South Side alderman on Wednesday.

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Watch Your Wallets, Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot On Likely Tax Hikes

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had taxes, ethics and police reform on her mind Wednesday.

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First-Time Finance Chair Waguespack Calls For Re-Do Legal Settlement Vote

Ald. Scott Waguespack wants a re-do after nay votes prevailed in his first finance committee meeting Tuesday.

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Lawsuits And A New Mayor. What’s Going On With Ticketing?

Chicago has been hit with multiple lawsuits, and legislation has stalled in Springfield that would have ended some license suspensions.

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Chicago Ald. Ed Burke Pleads Not Guilty In Corruption Case

The 50-year veteran of the City Council is facing a long list of federal corruption charges — including racketeering and extortion.

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City Hall’s Latino Caucus Moves Left

The Latino Caucus outlines an aggressive progressive agenda spearheaded by new leadership and freshmen socialists.

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Mayor Lightfoot Tells Burke To Step Down

Chicago's mayor says the alleged schemes laid out in Burke's indictment are "absolutely repugnant."

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Chicago Ald. Burke Faces 14 New Corruption Charges In Growing Scandal

The new counts involve the alderman allegedly shaking down developers of the Old Main Post Office and a Chicago museum.

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Takeaways From Lightfoot's First Chicago City Council Meeting

Chicago's new mayor scored a big win on Wednesday, and also made it clear that she has a very different way of handling the City Council.

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Lays Out Priorities For First 100 Days

Ahead of her first City Council meeting, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot detailed her legislative priorities for her first 100 days in office.

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From Assembly Line To Vacant Lot: A Different Kind Of Affordable Housing

A company on the Southwest Side plans to build Chicago three-flats in a factory. Production time: six days.

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Out With (Some Of) The Old: Track Lightfoot’s Picks To Run City Hall

We're keeping an eye on City Hall’s revolving door: where Rahm Emanuel’s top aides are going, and who Lori Lightfoot taps to replace them.

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