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ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Deputy Editor Steve Mills

Deputy Editor Steve Mills believes he can use editing as a constant learning experience and that, in this field, “there are always stories out there.”

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.

A Story From the Saline County Jail

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.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Reporter Duaa Eldeib

Reporter Duaa Eldeib believes she succeeds as a journalist every time she tells an untold story.

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.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Engagement Reporter Logan Jaffe

Engagement Reporter Logan Jaffe helps us reach new audiences and involve them in our reporting.

Why (Almost) No One Is Charged With Gun Trafficking in Illinois

It’s how the laws are written, and trafficking is hard to prove.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Reporter Mick Dumke

Reporter Mick Dumke is a self-described “political junkie” who likes to dig into unexplored stories.

Welcome to ProPublica Illinois

How Chicago Gets Its Guns

It’s not big trafficking rings. Mostly, it’s through little guys like John Thomas.

City Bureau and ProPublica Illinois Partner on Public Meeting Data

Why City Bureau and ProPublica are partnering on a community tool to make public meeting data more accessible.

Chicago’s Bankruptcy Boom

ProPublica’s analysis of racial disparities in bankruptcy revealed a skyrocketing number of filings in Chicago’s black neighborhoods. But most of the cases will fall apart before the debts are wiped away.

How (and Why) We’re Collecting Cook County Jail Data

ProPublica Illinois is restarting a collaborative data collection project to better understand what happens to inmates at Cook County Jail.

Cook County Assessor Faces Questions About Property Tax Inequity

After reporting showed that Cook County’s property tax assessments punish the poor and reward the rich, Assessor Joseph Berrios is called before a public board to explain.

Chicago Area Disparities in Car Insurance Premiums

Some car insurers charge higher premiums in Chicago’s minority neighborhoods than in predominantly white neighborhoods with similar risk of accidents.

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