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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.

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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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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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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Chicago Pensions?

We explain 1) what pensions are, 2) how Chicago’s got so messed up, 3) why solutions are so difficult, and 4) why you should care.

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For Pension Fix, Emanuel Says Borrow, Legalize Weed, Open Chicago Casino

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Emanuel To Urge Constitutional Change In Address Wednesday

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What It’s Like When The FBI Raids A Chicago Alderman’s Offices

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FBI Raids Offices Of Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke

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Chicago Alderman Refuses Plea Deal, Requests Federal Corruption Trial

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A Quick Hit Of Chicago Politics For Your Thanksgiving Travels

Monday was the first day candidates could submit signatures for Chicago's February elections. It was a bleary-eyed political circus.

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Chicago Politicians Pack Petitions To Get On February Ballot

Monday was the first day candidates for Chicago mayor and other city posts could file petitions to get on February’s ballot.

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The Election Is Over. Now What?

The people have spoken and the votes are in. Here’s what your new government looks like and what to expect going forward.

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Democrat Kwame Raoul Wins Illinois Attorney General Race

The Democratic State Senator will be the next Attorney General of Illinois, beating out Republican Erika Harold in Tuesday’s election.

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Mendoza Recorded Mayoral Announcement Video — But Still Plays Coy

The Democrat is asking for a 4-year term as Illinois comptroller. But WBEZ got her announcement video for a 2019 mayoral run.

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Halloween At City Council: 5 Things To Know

Chicago aldermen, some dressed in elaborate Halloween costumes, met for a packed day of tricks and treats on Wednesday.

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Alderman’s Election Text Highlights Complex Relationship With Trump

Ed Burke is urging voters to “stop Donald Trump.” Just months ago, the Democratic Party boss was still doing legal work for the president.

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What You Need To Know About Emanuel’s Final Budget Plan

Mayor Emanuel will deliver his final budget plan to City Hall on Wednesday. Here are four things you can expect.

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The Grammy-award winning artist left many to speculate his own bid for the job.

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Why The Next Illinois Attorney General Could Shape Chicago Police Reform

The state’s next top lawyer will “retain a role in the implementation” of CPD reform.

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