Back by popular demand: The Back Room Deal features radio personality and longtime Reader political writer Ben Joravsky arguing local Chicago politics with Reader senior writer Maya Dukmasova. With sharp wit and stinging analysis, Joravsky and Dukmasova cut through the smokey haze of the elections to offer you a glimpse of the 2020 Chicago-area Illinois primary races—local and Cook County-level and, of course, U.S. presidential. Will these historic elections be determined in back-room deals, like so many in Chicago's past? Let Ben and Maya talk you through it.
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Informative and Helpful
Helpful, informative, engaging show for voters who wants to understand the down-ballot races that actually make a difference in the day to day lives of Chicagoans: clerk, alderperson, assessor, water reclamation district commissioner, judge.
Learning a lot about my town
Ben & Maya are perfect compliments to each other with real, no BS discussion and context. Great way to spend 20 minutes.
An excellent podcast covering the idiosyncrasies of Chicago politics/government.