Claudia Morell

Claudia Morell

Originally from San Francisco, Claudia Morell began her news career as a reporter for WFUV, an NPR affiliate station at Fordham University. There, she won a national Gracie Award for her coverage of Superstorm Sandy and a local AP award for her collaborative effort on a series about life in New York City post-9/11, entitled "The New Normal." Claudia eventually migrated to Chicago to accept a nine-month fellowship at WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio), before working for TDL ahead of the 2015 municipal election. Claudia has a B.A. in International Political Economy and History, and an M.A. in Public Communications from Fordham University.

Articles by Claudia:

FOP President Dean Angelo Says “We care about black lives more than most black politicians.”

FOP President Dean Angelo (from a previous video interview for Aldertrack in 2015)

Dean Angelo is the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the union that represents all rank and file members of the Chicago Police Department. Our publisher, Mike Fourcher, talked with Angelo about reform in the wake of the Department of Justice probe, how aldermen have dropped the ball in at-risk communities, and the union’s collective bargaining agreement with the city, which expires this summer. Angelo, currently serving his first three-year term as union president, is also in the middle of an election. Ballots are due later this week and he’s up against his predecessor, Mike Shields and three other candidates.

DOJ Fallout, Help for Crime, and Turnover in the Administration

The release of the Department of Justice’s 161-page Findings Report into the Chicago Police Department continues to cast a shadow over City Hall. A City Council Committee appoints a new member to the Chicago Police Board. And as last year’s surge in violence spills over into the new year, officials ask the Emanuel and new Trump administrations to invest in anti-crime efforts.

Chicago PR Maven Marilyn Katz Talks Rahm Management, Valerie Jarrett Rumors

Marilyn Katz

Marilyn Katz, founder of PR firm MK Communications, sat down with Daily Line publisher Mike Fourcher. Katz has a long history in Chicago starting with leading media efforts for Harold Washington’s 1983 mayoral campaign to serving as an advisor to both Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She talks with Mike about her relationship with Mayor Emanuel, President Barack Obama, rumors around a possible Valerie Jarrett run for mayor or governor, what it will take to defeat Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018 and much more.

Exclusive Interview With City Treasurer Kurt Summers

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Our publisher Mike Fourcher sits with City Treasurer Kurt Summers at his City Hall Office to talk about Summers’ first two years on the job managing the city’s money, specifically Chicago’s $7 billion investment portfolio, and a new investment fund Summers designed to help connect struggling neighborhoods with some much needed capital.