Logan Jaffe

Engagement Reporter

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Logan Jaffe is the engagement reporter for ProPublica Illinois. She comes to ProPublica by way of The New York Times and Chicago Public Media (WBEZ). She was the multimedia producer for WBEZ's Curious City, a journalism project fueled by audience questions about Chicago, and previously an embedded mediamaker with The New York Times' Race/Related newsletter in collaboration with the documentary showcase POV, in which she reported and produced an audience-driven project confronting the pervasiveness of racism through everyday objects. She was also a producer with The NYTimes' Daily 360 project. In Chicago, she was a recipient of Chicago Filmmakers' Digital Media Production Fund for "Battle Flag," an interactive documentary which questions the meaning of the Confederate battle flag in America.

How a Video Gambling Company Helped Bankroll Local Politicians

And updates on the creation of new casinos around the state.

Illinois Parents Are Helping Their Children Get College Financial Aid They Wouldn’t Otherwise Qualify For. Help Us Figure Out How They Do It.

Are you a parent, student, school administrator or someone else who has seen this in action? We'd love to hear from you.

“How in 2019 Do We Not Have Enough Spanish-Speaking Caseworkers?”

Lawmakers respond to DCFS’s repeated violations of a court order to provide Spanish-speaking services to Spanish-speaking families.

Tuberculosis. Chicken Pox. Traumatized: 5 Updates on Immigrant Youth Shelters in Illinois.

A growing number of children are arriving traumatized and sick after spending a week or longer in dirty and overcrowded U.S. Border Patrol facilities.

How Chicago, a Hospital and Private Companies Make Money Off the Poor

Three stories about debt, bankruptcy and the institutions that perpetuate them.

How to Clean Up the “Hot Mess” That Is Chicago’s Ticketing and Debt Collection Practices — According to a City Task Force

Here’s what the task force is recommending for initial reform.

Let’s Break Down Some Numbers in Illinois’ New Gambling Expansion Bill

Big numbers reflect big legislation — one that got pushed through at the last minute, with little debate or analysis.

Of Course This Happened in Illinois. Why Wouldn’t It?

Lawmakers are making money from video gambling operators. A vote on gambling expansion may happen Friday.

Losing Aldermanic Privilege, and How Unprepared Illinois Is for the Next Recession

Plus, an unsurprising we-told-you-so on Cook County property taxes, and a plea from Rockford.

Three Ways Chicago’s City Council Keeps Its Committees Out of the Public Eye

And has thwarted efforts to increase transparency, too.

Why Do Journalists Describe What Story Subjects Look Like?

Do those descriptions help readers? Or do they reveal our biases?

Zero Tolerance: Inside the Secretive Network of Immigrant Youth Shelters in Illinois

Here is all of ProPublica Illinois’ local reporting on the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

Chicago in a Single Tweet, and News From Elections Around the State

Illinois has among the most racially diverse set of political leaders in the country.

When Illinois Laws Meet Real People

We want to know how video gambling, vehicle sticker tickets and more affect your life.

Do You Know Someone Struggling With Video Gambling? ​Help Us Understand Video Slot and Poker Addiction in Illinois.

More than 30,000 video gambling machines are scattered across Illinois, and gambling addiction appears to be on the rise.

What Engagement Reporting Does — and Doesn’t — Mean at ProPublica

So you’ve filled out a questionnaire, signed up for an investigation or talked with one of our engagement reporters. Here’s what to expect from this kind of journalism.

What We Learned From Letting a Mother and Her Son Tell Their Own Story

We were moved by their words and honesty. We hope you are, too.

“We Will Keep on Fighting for Him.”

After her 10-year-old was accepted into a clinical drug trial for bipolar disorder, a mother chronicled her family’s experiences. Here is their journey, in their own words.

Illinoisans on Illinois: Tips and Tales From Around the State

We told you we were getting out of Chicago. You told us where to look.

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