On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

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On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

On Background is WBEZ Chicago’s weekly political podcast. Each week, our top-notch team of political reporters brings you the backstory on the week’s big story. We’ll take you inside the back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to explain the story, and why it matters.

  • Analysis: Chicago Elects Lightfoot Mayor

    April 4, 2019

    Analysis: Chicago Elects Lightfoot Mayor

  • Who Is Lori Lightfoot?

    March 29, 2019

    Who Is Lori Lightfoot?

  • Who Is Toni Preckwinkle?

    March 27, 2019

    Who Is Toni Preckwinkle?

  • COMING SOON: Who are Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle?

    March 22, 2019

    COMING SOON: Who are Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle?

  • The Politics of Chicago’s Lincoln Yards

    March 15, 2019

    The Politics of Chicago’s Lincoln Yards

  • Illinois’ Bad Bet On Video Gambling

    March 9, 2019

    Illinois’ Bad Bet On Video Gambling

  • The Results Show

    March 1, 2019

    The Results Show

  • The Final Countdown: Chicago Election Extravaganza!

    February 22, 2019

    The Final Countdown: Chicago Election Extravaganza!

  • Do Endorsements Matter?

    February 15, 2019

    Do Endorsements Matter?

  • Help! I don’t know who to vote for!

    February 8, 2019

    Help! I don’t know who to vote for!

  • Feds Investigate City Hall: Sex, Drugs, and Not-So-Happy Endings?

    February 1, 2019

    Feds Investigate City Hall: Sex, Drugs, and Not-So-Happy Endings?

  • How Chicago’s Ticketing System Can Ruin Someone’s Life

    January 25, 2019

    How Chicago’s Ticketing System Can Ruin Someone’s Life

  • Chicago Neighborhoods Define The Issues

    January 18, 2019

    Chicago Neighborhoods Define The Issues

  • Wards To Watch

    January 11, 2019

    Wards To Watch

  • Have It The Chicago Way? Alderman Charged With Shaking Down Burger King Execs

    January 4, 2019

    Have It The Chicago Way? Alderman Charged With Shaking Down Burger King Execs

  • The Great Ballot Battle Show

    December 21, 2018

    The Great Ballot Battle Show

  • How Do You Solve A Problem Like Chicago Pensions?

    December 14, 2018

    How Do You Solve A Problem Like Chicago Pensions?

  • How Closing Schools Became A Huge Issue In Chicago Politics

    December 7, 2018

    How Closing Schools Became A Huge Issue In Chicago Politics

  • What It’s Like When The FBI Raids A Chicago Alderman’s Offices

    November 30, 2018

    What It’s Like When The FBI Raids A Chicago Alderman’s Offices

  • A Quick Hit Of Chicago Politics For Your Thanksgiving Travels

    November 20, 2018

    A Quick Hit Of Chicago Politics For Your Thanksgiving Travels

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