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:

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

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.

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