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Ted Cox

Reporter/Producer @tedcoxchicago tcox@dnainfo.com

Ted Cox circled the city working for Star Publications, the Daily Southtown and the Daily Herald before finally landing downtown to cover City Hall and politics for DNAinfo Chicago. He has lived in the city for 30 years and in the Chicago area from the age of 8.

An award-winning columnist, critic, news reporter and sportswriter, Cox has covered everything from Tax Increment Finance districts, media ownership consolidation and the first Blagojevich trial to the Jordan-era Bulls, Steppenwolf Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

For 25 years, Cox wrote "The Sports Section" for the Chicago Reader; a collection of those columns, "1,001 Days in the Bleachers: A Quarter Century of Chicago Sports," is available through Northwestern University Press. During that time, his straight gigs included writing "rip & read" broadcast news at United Press International; features copy editor, features writer and film critic at the Southtown; and TV/radio columnist at the Herald, where in the last two years he served as the paper's "man downtown," covering everything from Mayor Daley to Lollapalooza.

Cox has also written several children's book on sports and music figures such as Frank Thomas and Whitney Houston. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He believes that, the Bears to the contrary, politics is actually the city's most popular sport.

Fun fact: Cox has taken part in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll of music critics since 1983.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 30, 2015

'It's All Hands on Deck' for Chicago Police Over July 4th Weekend

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said, "The entire department will be out, we'll be out in uniform."

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 29, 2015

Donald Trump Stands By Mexican 'Rapist' Comment, Says 'I Tell the Truth'

Trump was greeted by protesters in Chicago who shouted, "Hate speech is not presidential!"

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 26, 2015

Donald Trump To Speak at Sold-Out City Club Luncheon on Monday

The City Club rejected Trump's call to move the event after it sold out.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 26, 2015

Rahm Touts New Reforms Streamlining Permit Process

Architects and designers will take on more responsibility for compliance with city ordinances.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 25, 2015

CTU Says Talks Break Off With CPS Over 'Non-Economic' Issues

Teachers said they'd accept no raise, but wanted concessions on grading, testing and class size.

Logan Square & Humboldt Park »

June 25, 2015

Council Committee Lifts 'Antiquated' Restrictions on Arcades

City rules currently require arcades to be part of a five-acre shopping center ... or a tavern.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 25, 2015

Rahm Moves To Expand Composting for 'Urban Agriculture'

For the first time, city farms and gardens would be allowed to bring in food as compost material.

Bronzeville & Washington Park »

June 25, 2015

Hadiya Pendleton Park Expansion Pushed Despite Concerns of Local Residents

Ald. Pat Dowell called the park a "celebration of the life of Hadiya Pendleton."