For a Chicago newbie, learning about a city begins with books, buildings and, especially, people. One thing I’ve figured out: I need a snow shovel.
Under Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, assessment system shaved $1 billion from Chicago’s most expensive homes, while owners of lower-valued homes picked up the tab.
Our analysis shows suspensions tied to ticket debt disproportionately affect motorists in largely black sections of Chicago and its suburbs.
We stick with the facts, and several editors read every story.
In the pricey Illinois governor’s race, it’s more important than ever.
Top donors, operatives abandon Rauner and put their money with conservative crusader.
We now show candidates’ self-funding and have cards to share on social media.
Still, we want to tell you a little bit about her, and about some of the other people we interviewed, because they helped inform our ticket debt investigation.
A cash-strapped city employs punitive measures to collect from cash-strapped black residents — and lawyers benefit.
Here are some stories of Chicagoans driven into ticket debt.
Here are the places ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater will be visiting. Will we see you there?
It's a tricky balance: more reporting versus the need to get the story out. And sometimes deadlines come and go.
It's the first of many experiments to reach our audience with useful, data-driven visual journalism.
Veteran Democrat Lipinski joins critics of the Illinois Policy Institute with a letter to the IRS.
Findings that assessments were error-ridden and burdened the poor undermine Assessor Joseph Berrios’ claims that he properly valued residential property.
Join Free Street Theater — and us, of course — as we learn about Stark County.
We’ve created a widget you can use to track fundraising and spending in the Illinois governor’s race, which is on track to break records.
Illinois Policy Institute has called for government reform while channeling money to firms owned by insiders.
Practice. More practice. And a healthy dose of “error terrors.”
Claims from officials that they’re acting in response to a story need to be investigated, too.