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-financing 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," will be published in March by 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.

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July 30, 2014

Rahm Stands by Giving CPS Grads Leg Up on Police, Fire Hiring

Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not back down from an initiative he says rewards Chicago Public Schools students.

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July 30, 2014

Increase in Phone 911 Surcharge Will Fix Pension Mess, Rahm Says

"We avoided an increase in the property tax," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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July 30, 2014

Rahm Defends Efforts to Welcome 'Child Migrants' to City

Mayor Rahm Emanuel cited the experience of his own grandfather, who fled European violence as a teen.

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July 30, 2014

$13 Minimum Wage Proposed by Rahm, Aldermen

But critics said it doesn't go far enough and "leaves out huge swaths of the workforce."

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July 30, 2014

Aldermen Pass Law Allowing BYOB Bans, but Restaurants Exempt

Aldermen now can stop customers from bringing liquor to some businesses.

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July 30, 2014

Synthetic Marijuana Sales Ban Strengthened as City Council Closes Loophole

Prohibiting businesses from possessing the substance will make it easier to charge them, the city said.

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July 30, 2014

Graffiti Crackdown Approved by Council, Fines For Taggers More Than Doubled

The City Council hiked the fine for vandalism from $750 to a range from $1,500 to $2,500.

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July 30, 2014

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Honored by Council With Renamed Water Tower Plaza

The City Council voted to name the park around the Water Tower "Jane M. Byrne Plaza."