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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.

How We Analyzed Commercial and Industrial Property Assessments in Chicago and Cook County

An in-depth analysis of hundreds of thousands of property tax records under Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios.

Illinois Legislators Pledge to Deal with ‘Pipeline to Prison’ at Juvenile Correctional Facility

Sending teenage inmates to adult prisons for minor incidents undermines state’s reform efforts, witnesses say.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Reporter Jason Grotto

Reporter Jason Grotto believes if you’re complacent and just take things at face value, you’re going to miss the truth.

Let’s Make a List of Useful ‘Mediathings’ in Illinois

Mom blogs. Prison newsletters. Neighborhood Facebook groups. Help us make a list of where Illinoisans get specific information.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Reporter Melissa Sanchez

Reporter Melissa Sanchez says the key to finding stories is to pay attention to what people are doing and expressing an interest in their lives.

I’ve Been Interviewing ProPublica Illinois Reporters. Here’s What I’ve Learned.

As an ‘Emerging Reporter’ fellow, each interview has taught me something new, challenged a preconceived belief or reinforced an idea about journalism.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet News Applications Developer David Eads

News Applications Developer David Eads considers himself a journalist first, but somebody who does it with coding, data and design.

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