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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.

Garfield Park & North Lawndale »

May 31, 2016

Two people were killed and 14 were wounded in shootings between Sunday morning and Monday morning.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 31, 2016

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson addressed the City Club after six people were killed this weekend.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 31, 2016

The passes cover games through December, indicating that construction is unlikely to start this year.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 27, 2016

Mayor Emanuel also referred to "the code and the sense of culture that lives" in the Police Department.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 25, 2016

Ald. Joe Moore called proposed regulations on the ride-hailing industry "a wolf in sheep's clothing."

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 25, 2016

Fifteen aldermen still voted with Rahm 100 percent of the time, and he's never lost a contested vote.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 24, 2016

Ald. Anthony Beale wants ride-hailing firms and taxis to obey the "same regulations, same rules."

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 24, 2016

And now aldermen want to try to deter people who might be torching cars for insurance money.