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Journalism Made Possible Because of the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act is fundamental to investigative journalism. Here’s our strange attempt to get you to care about it.

Police Oversight Ordinance Promised Transparency But Doesn’t Fully Deliver

A revamped agency takes a step backward in informing the public.

Returning to the Scene of a Trauma

At 16, Brandon Whitehead and his father were held at gunpoint by an off-duty Chicago police officer. The cop got suspended for five days, which he served 11 years later. Brandon, now 27, goes back to the scene.

Chicago Police Skirt Punishment as Disciplinary System Fails Yet Again

Even after reporters identified lost cases, only some officers served suspensions.

Have You Ever Filed a Complaint Against a Chicago Police Officer? Tell Us What Happened.

There may be information about your case you’re unaware of.

Despite Mayor’s Pledge, Hundreds of Chicago Cops Still in Desk Jobs

Emanuel still hasn’t delivered on promise to put more civilians in desk jobs and get additional officers on the street.

Downstate-of-Mind: Your Responses to Defining ‘Downstate’ Illinois

We heard from nearly 250 people who offered advice on whether we should use the term “Downstate” in our reporting. Here are the results.

Concern Grows Over Youths at Juvenile Correctional Facility Being Sent to Adult Prison

Juvenile justice officials, advocates and a federal judge expressed worry over legal representation for youths.

Cook County Assessor: Office Cuts Make It Tough to Get Tax Bills Out On Time

Embattled assessor Joseph Berrios said he has already saved the county millions.

Coya Paz of Free Street Theater Receives the $15,000 ProPublica Illinois/Illinois Humanities Engagement Challenge Award

The project will host theater workshops in rural and urban communities across Illinois to engage residents in ProPublica Illinois’ investigative journalism.

Time Spent in Solitary Confinement Drops Dramatically in Illinois Youth Facilities

The recognition that solitary confinement can harm young offenders led to a move away from harsh punishment at juvenile correctional centers.

For Some Youths, ‘Minor’ Offenses Lead to Major Sentences in Adult Prison

Cases threaten to undermine Illinois’ efforts at juvenile justice reform.

Defining ‘Downstate’ Illinois

Calling all Illinoisans: Help us understand the location and connotations of “Downstate,” so our newsroom can better choose our words both in how we write and how we talk.

ProPublica Illinois Is Listening

Step 1: Do journalism that’s informed by the people at the center of it. Step 2: Deliver it back to those people. Repeat.

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