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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

WBEZ News

Double Threat: What’s Going On In Your Government Wednesday

High-dollar police settlements, suspicious death probes and marijuana could come up when Chicago and Cook County pols meet Wednesday.

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Why Chicago Police Reform Could Hinge On This Expired Contract

An expired contract with Chicago’s police union could affect efforts to increase oversight of CPD after Laquan McDonald.

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What The Heck Happened At Chicago City Council Wednesday

Obama’s Presidential Center sailed through the City Council, but plans for a new police academy got left ashore.

WBEZ News

City Council Cheat Sheet: Obama Center, Police Contract, And Protesters

It could be very crowded at City Hall on Wednesday. Here's why.

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Got Something To Say About Police Oversight? Here Are The 4 Plans

Through June 5, Chicagoans have a chance to weigh in on what kind of oversight citizens should have over the police.

WBEZ News

Official: Pop Tax Repeal Could Mean Late Tax Bills, Budget Headaches

Cook County budget cuts after the sweetened beverage tax repeal could mean late property tax bills, leaving government budgets in the lurch.

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City Council Cheat Sheet: Double Parking Fine Hike, Police Oversight, And More

Aldermen this week also face a lot of political drama over a coveted committee post and the race for Cook County Democratic boss.

WBEZ News

5 Things To Know About Wednesday’s City Council Meeting

From a giant O’Hare expansion to a giant public art project, here’s what Chicago aldermen will consider at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

WBEZ News

What’s A Democratic Ward Organization?

These obscure groups recently got a lot of attention in the Democratic race for governor. What makes them so important in elections?

WBEZ Updates

Alderman Say Mayor Should Enact More 'Progressive' Reforms

The City Council’s Progressive Caucus is leveraging next year’s citywide election to push its agenda.

WBEZ Updates

Emanuel Accuses Aldermen Of Putting Politics Ahead Of Health Care Access

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced rare dissent Wednesday when the City Council approved a $5.5 million city subsidy to a Catholic hospital system.

WBEZ Updates

$5.5M Subsidy For A Catholic Hospital Network Causes A Stir At City Hall

A $5.5 million city subsidy for a Catholic hospital network in Chicago is causing a stir at city hall.

WBEZ News

Ice stalls Great Lakes shipping

For the second year in a row, the spring shipping season is off to a slow start because of lingering ice. Most ports don’t expect to see international cargo ships for another two weeks.

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Digging up Civil War history on the South Side

Chicago’s Bronzeville has unveiled a historical marker honoring one of the state’s largest Civil War camps.

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Mall breaks ground near Chicago's largest Latino shopping corridor

The proposed Pulaski Promenade on the southwest side of Chicago is two miles south of a strip of Mexican shops on Little Village’s 26th street.

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