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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


Lame-Duck Mayor Faces City Council

Chicago aldermen await some $18 million in police-related settlements and a mayor who’s not seeking re-election.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Chicago’s First Alcalde?

Chicago has elected a number of Latinos into political office, but never into the office of mayor. Could 2019 be the year?


Chicago’s Race For Mayor A Game Of Musical Chairs

Rahm Emanuel announced last week that he will not seek a third term as Chicago mayor. It’s set off a flurry of speculation.


Mayoral Ambition on Display at Mexican Independence Parade

The annual celebration to mark Mexico’s independence from Spain was a backdrop for politicians eager to put themselves on display.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

With Rahm Out, Who’s Chicago’s Next ‘Boss’?

The backstory behind Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s abrupt announcement that he won’t be seeking a third term.


Mayoral Candidate Owes $12K In Fines That Could Keep Her Off The Ballot

State election law forbids any candidate from appearing on the ballot if they owe money to the Illinois State Board of Elections.


A Midway Restaurant Company Is Attracting Interest From The Feds

The U.S. attorney in Chicago sent a subpoena in June asking for records on NorthAmerican Concessions Inc.


Housing Help For Police Officers Left On The Table

The city offers cops and firefighters grants to purchase homes in high-crime areas, but few take the incentive.


What You Need To Know About Chicago’s Proposed Police Reform Plan

The proposal calls for more transparency around police shootings and community input on the department's use-of-force policy.


Rahm’s Airbnb Surcharge, Police Settlements, And Ida B. Wells Drive

Airbnbs could get more expensive under a plan from the mayor. Here’s what else is going down at City Hall on Wednesday.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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