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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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Lightfoot Fires Top Cop, Accuses Him Of Lying To Her

The Chicago mayor boots police Superintendent Eddie Johnson just weeks before his scheduled retirement.

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Despite Dissent, Lightfoot’s 2020 Chicago Budget Wins Easy City Council Approval

The mayor’s first budget closes a projected $838 million budget gap. But for some aldermen, it wasn’t progressive enough.

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Liquor Outside Wrigley? Affordable Housing In Logan? What You Missed At City Council

Aldermen talked Wrigley Plaza, a 100% affordable housing development in Logan Square and making Juneteenth an official city holiday.

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Wages, Weed And Lightfoot’s Uber Diss: What You Missed At City Council

Lightfoot makes an explosive claim about Uber, while debate gets heated over how to raise Chicago’s minimum wage.

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What You Missed This Week During Chicago’s Budget Hearings

Some old gripes - but new solutions - came up during the second week of City Council hearings on Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2020 budget proposal

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Power Fees, Politics and Pinhead: What You Missed During City Hall Budget Hearings

Hearings on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget plan continue Monday. But probably no one will be dressed as a Hellraiser.

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City: Seize Deadbeat Landlord’s Buildings, But Not $88M In Fines

The nonprofit developer managed more than 70 buildings in Chicago, but left many units uninhabitable.

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Mayor Lightfoot Takes Listener Questions On 2020 Budget, Teachers Strike

Lightfoot fielded questions from Chicagoans about the ongoing teachers strike and her budget plan for next year. Here’s what she had to say.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Pitches A 2020 Budget Plan With No Major Property Tax Hike

But the mayor wants to close the projected $838 million gap with higher taxes on ride-shares, restaurant bills and high-priced home sales.

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot To Unveil Plans For Closing $838M Budget Gap

The first-year mayor is considering higher taxes on ride-shares and restaurants. And she won't rule out another property tax hike.

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Black Aldermen Reject Chicago Mayor’s Cannabis Zones

Mayor Lightfoot’s plan for special zones where recreational weed shops can locate hit a major roadblock: the City Council’s Black Caucus.

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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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