Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Builds Power From the Ground Up — And Sometimes From the Basement
A polling place in a Chicago home offers a view of the operation run by the state’s most powerful politician.
By building up their own flood protections, some communities have ensured they would be less affected by future floods, while their neighbors would fare worse.
The effort seeks to undermine federal rules meant to prevent “levee wars” — where communities race to boost their own flood protection at the expense of their neighbors.
A new analysis of government data shows how levee districts that have raised their levees without federal permits would be better protected against future flooding, while those that follow the rules would see extra flooding.
Here’s what we learned from our kickoff event in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Here’s to getting through the weeds, getting out to vote and the impact of local reporting. But our work isn’t over.
Democratic primary winner Fritz Kaegi pledged change, but delivering it won’t be easy.
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, one of the last leaders of the old Democratic machine, loses the Democratic primary to a wealthy political newcomer.
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.