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Watchdogging a Nonprofit Watchdog

How we identified the funders behind Project Six, and how you can dig into nonprofits, too.

‘Independent’ Watchdog’s Secret Funder: Conservative Small-Government Group

Project Six, led by the former City Council inspector general, got 98 percent of its startup money from the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute.

Help Us Figure Out Where in Illinois to Take Our Theater-Journalism Project

ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater are gearing up for a new project about the news and information that impacts Illinoisans. Where should we go? What issues should we address? And will you host us?

Ethics Board Fines Cook County Assessor Over Campaign Contributions

Rulings add to controversy surrounding Assessor Joseph Berrios, though Berrios’ lawyers say contribution limits are unconstitutional.

How Does Journalism Work? Ask Us Questions. We Can Explain.

At ProPublica Illinois, we strive to be transparent about how our journalism gets done. But we can’t predict what you will find useful about it. So, tell us.

I’ve Sent Out 1,018 Open Records Requests, and This Is What I’ve Learned

A little honey goes a long way, but it helps to know the law, too.

Calculating the Work Behind Our Work

Verifying 4,969 names. Driving 1,493 miles for interviews. Fact-checking 291 facts for one story … twice. Here are some hidden costs of our reporting.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Editor-in-Chief Louise Kiernan

Editor-in-Chief Louise Kiernan believes a good editor is a good listener, a good questioner and a strong advocate for their reporters’ work.

Highlights From Our ‘Mediathing’ List So Far

We’re still on the hunt for ultra-specific ways Illinoisans get information about their communities. Here are a few that you’ve suggested.

Cook County Assessor’s Old-School Politics Come With a Price for Taxpayers

As Berrios’ court fight drags on, critics and others fear patronage hurts the office’s property tax work.

ProPublica Illinois Is Hiring a Public Relations Manager

Help grow the visibility and impact of our journalism.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Reporting Fellow Jerrel Floyd

Reporting Fellow Jerrel Floyd wants to use a strong narrative voice to tell the stories of people who are overlooked.

Watchdog Group Calls for Reform to Cook County Assessor’s Office

Pressure continues to mount for greater transparency and oversight of the office.

Molly Parker on Growing Up in Southern Illinois

Molly Parker is a reporter at The Southern Illinoisan who’s been covering the housing and economic crisis in Cairo, Illinois, for the past two-and-a-half years.

Lawsuit Targets Berrios Over Unfair, Error-Riddled Assessments

Attorneys are asking a judge to force Berrios to adopt reforms and are seeking a monitor to oversee the process.

Chicago Police Win Big When Appealing Discipline

Analysis shows hundreds of misconduct findings overturned.

Chicago Police Department Grievances

A Chicago Tribune-ProPublica Illinois investigation tracked more than 300 police disciplinary cases appealed through the department’s labor office. We analyzed changes between original discipline orders and what officers actually served.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Web Producer Vignesh Ramachandran

Producer Vignesh Ramachandran works on making sure the look, feel and design of ProPublica Illinois’ content makes sense to readers.

I Spent Years Reporting on Chicago’s Property Tax System. Here’s What Got Me Out of the Weeds.

Behind all the technical terms and the statistics is a story about the simple concept of fairness.

How the Cook County Assessor Failed Taxpayers

Joseph Berrios' error-ridden commercial and industrial assessments punish property owners, benefit lawyers.

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