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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.

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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.

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

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

How Chicago Gets Its Guns

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

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