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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October 24, 2014

Lack of Minority Firefighters a 'Problem,' But New Exam Could Help: City

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago testified before City Council budget hearings.

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October 24, 2014

Anti-Rahm Website Judges Aldermen on 'People's Score'

TakeBackChicago.org rates aldermen from people's "champion" to mayor's "rubber stamp."

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October 23, 2014

Great Chicago Fire Festival to Rise From Soggy Ashes in 2015, City Confirms

Redmoon will try again, a schedule out Thursday says. It also has the Taste of Chicago on July 8-12.

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October 22, 2014

City Inspector General Says He Could Probe Council, Too

Joseph Ferguson said he could assume the duties of the legislative inspector general.

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October 22, 2014

Jazz Showcase Impresario Joe Segal to Get Street Named After Him

The ceremony to declare Joe Segal Way was scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at 806 S. Plymouth Court.

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October 22, 2014

Taste of Chicago Lost $169,000, but Officials Say it Was Still a Success

Rain wiped out the Taste's busiest day, but the official in charge of it still called it a success.

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October 22, 2014

Lucas Museum Opponents Disappointed by Parks Meeting, Call it a 'Done Deal'

Hoping to argue against the museum, opponents found little opportunity to do so.

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October 20, 2014

Police Force Will Not Grow in 2015, Rahm's Budget Director Says

Budget Director Alexandra Holt said police staffing would remain steady at about 9,700 beat officers.