Remembering Paul Green


Paul Green

WGN Radio is sad to report the passing of political analyst Paul Green.

Paul served for many years as our go-to guy, making sense of the often confusing world of local politics. His resume was long and distinguished. He was Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He served as Chairman of the City Club of Chicago, often moderating the group’s presentations featuring some of the area’s biggest names in government, business and culture. He was an author of books and articles and a world traveler, lecturing on the American political scene.

Mayor Emanuel released the following statement regarding the passing of Paul Green: “Paul Green was a Chicago political legend and countless people across the city know ‎him as a gifted writer, teacher, historian, and analyst. I have known Paul personally for many years, and was always impressed by his capacious intellect, his boundless curiosity, and his quick wit. But beyond just his infectious personality Paul will leave an indelible mark on Chicago through his Institute of Politics at Roosevelt University, which has inspired a new generation of Chicagoans to answer the call of public service. Amy and I offer our condolences to Paul’s wife Sharon, his family, his friends, and the countless individuals around the world who he educated and inspired.”

Long-time WGN Radio host Spike O’Dell, a friend and colleague of Green’s, posted the following on Facebook: “My heart is broken today with the news of Professor Paul Green’s passing. I always looked forward to our Wednesday morning conversation on WGN radio that I called “Paul and the Politicians”. He lived for the political “game”. He had a way of explaining it to our listeners in an informative, yet humorous way. He was my go to guy when it came to Chicago or Illinois politics. He will be missed by so many. I’m glad our paths had a chance to cross. Rest in peace my friend.”

Paul’s wife tells  WGN Radio that he suffered an aortic aneurysm. Arrangements are pending.