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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.

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.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Data Reporter Sandhya Kambhampati

Data Reporter Sandhya Kambhampati believes at the crux of every story, people need to understand that there are humans being impacted. It’s not just data points and numbers.

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.

ProPublica Illinois Q&A: Meet Reporter Jodi S. Cohen

Reporter Jodi S. Cohen believes journalists can achieve more when collaborating with each other and other newsrooms.

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.

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