Political analyst, teacher, and Chicago pundit Paul Green dies suddenly

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CHICAGO — For many years, Paul Green served as the go-to guy for anyone looking to explain or understand the nuances of politics in Chicago and beyond. His long and distinguished career included serving as the Director of Roosevelt University’s Institute for Politics and as Chairman of the City Club of Chicago.

Green died suddenly from a brain aneurysm on Sunday at the age of 73, according to his family. His death inspired tributes from the many people and institutions he influenced over the years.

In an official statement, the City Club wrote: “We are stunned that Paul, who officiated at a City Club Public Policy Forum as recently as Wednesday afternoon, at the peak of his game, and was sending emails about future programs yesterday, is suddenly gone.”

Mayor Emanuel said in a statement: “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.”

And WGN Radio host Spike O’Dell posted on Facebook: “My heart is broken today with the news of Professor Paul Green’s passing… He lived for the political “game”. He had a way of explaining it to our listeners in an informative, yet humorous way.”

Arrangements are pending.