31 episodes

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.

Chicago Reader's Back Room Deal Ben Joravsky, Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader

    • Politics
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

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.

    How to stay in office for decades: Illinois State House elections

    How to stay in office for decades: Illinois State House elections

    • 18 min
    The other Senate

    The other Senate

    • 12 min
    We want somebody somebody sent: electing Committeemen

    We want somebody somebody sent: electing Committeemen

    • 8 min
    Noteworthy Chicago congressional races

    Noteworthy Chicago congressional races

    • 14 min
    You be the judge: A new Supreme Court justice and other votes for the bench

    You be the judge: A new Supreme Court justice and other votes for the bench

    • 9 min
    Reclaim the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

    Reclaim the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

NHObis ,

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.

Amo Roma ,

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.

cjcreggsgoldfish ,

Vital, clear!

An excellent podcast covering the idiosyncrasies of Chicago politics/government.

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