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.

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Weekly Contribution Roundup

Every Friday we will begin reporting out all new campaign committees filed with the State Board of Elections, new major donations to gubernatorial candidates and Chicago electeds: New Committees D-1 Friends of Marcelino Garcia from MWRD (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District)

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The CPS Funding Saga

For the second year in a row, Chicago Public Schools has found itself in the direst of financial positions. Having built a budget on expectations of state funding and then spending a year blaming Springfield, CPS is once again faced with with the challenge of finding enough cash to make its annual pension payment and while keeping schools open. When the clock ran out last year and the pension bill came due on June 30th, CPS was forced to borrow $200 million from banks. Last Friday, they announced plans to do it again.

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Budget Committee To Consider Clerk’s Municipal ID Plan, Disburse First Round of Neighborhood Bonus Grants

Two big ticket items are slated for the Budget Committee Thursday: an ordinance establishing a new municipal ID for Chicago and the first disbursement of funds from the city’s recently created Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus (NOB) fund. A long-stalled initiative to upgrade 85% of the city’s street lights with new energy efficient LED bulbs is also moving forward, as is a contract with a Chicago-area biotech firm.

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