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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November 20, 2014

Should Sleepy Teens Get Later CPS High School Start Time?

The City Council Health Committee took up the issue of sleep deprivation among teenagers.

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November 20, 2014

South Loop's Acadia Weathers Storms, and Dog Park, to Retain Michelin Star

Burst pipes last winter and a dog park under construction next door couldn't deter chef Ryan McCaskey.

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November 19, 2014

AirBNB-Type Vacation Rentals, Cable, Car-Sharing to Cost More in New Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel balanced the budget with the help of expanded taxes.

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November 19, 2014

City Council Approves Rahm's 2015 Budget, With Little Opposition

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $8.9 billion budget raises fees, but not major property, sales or gas taxes.

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November 18, 2014

$15 Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Blocked by State, Say Aldermen, Activists

Aldermen pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum wage fear the state could cap it instead at $10.10.

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November 18, 2014

Rahm's Contributions From Pension Managers Draw Flak From Aldermen

The mayor's political spokesman responded that the contributions are "fully compliant with the law."

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November 18, 2014

Cabbies Lobby for Uber, Lyft Surge-Price Regulations, Seek to Override Veto

State Rep. Mike Zalewski said he'd try to have a vote called this week in the General Assembly.

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November 17, 2014

Rahm in Lottery for Top Ballot Spot as Candidates Begin Filing for Election

Chicago cop Frederick Collins filed petitions with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of registration.