About ProPublica Illinois

ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Headquartered in Chicago, we are the first regional publishing operation of ProPublica, dedicated to stories about big issues that affect people living and working in the state of Illinois.

ProPublica Illinois was founded in 2017 as a vehicle for leveraging ProPublica’s collaborative model at a regional level, with the goal of making a meaningful difference across the state. It is led by editor-in-chief Louise Kiernan, a former editor and reporter at the Chicago Tribune who most recently served as an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

With a team of 12 reporters, editors and technologists, we are pursuing stories that hold powerful institutions to account, from politics to government to business. You can read more about what we've accomplished in our first-year report.

Here’s a list of ways to reach us:

General Info/Inquiries

[email protected]

Story Ideas & Suggestions

To contact reporters, see our staff list. Not sure who to send your idea to? Send it to us at [email protected].

For sensitive information, you may also call/message us on Signal or WhatsApp at 1-312-282-0273, as well as use postal mail (see below) to securely communicate with us.

Media Inquiries

Email us at [email protected]

To write or phone us:


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