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.
In our second(ish) year of existence, here’s a selection of our work that, as a whole, best shows who we are as a newsroom, what we do and why we do it.
Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. Here’s How Communities Across the State Are Dealing With the New Law.
After some confusion, Chicago officials said residents who smoke marijuana in their backyard or on their balcony will not be arrested or ticketed.
Most people I met in Anna, Illinois, wish the racist lore behind the city’s name would go away. So, why hasn’t it?
Michael Gillespie is one of the world’s leading cybercrime fighters, and you’d never know it.
Here’s a slice of news around the state this week, via our newsletter.
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.
Lawmakers respond to DCFS’s repeated violations of a court order to provide Spanish-speaking services to Spanish-speaking families.
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.
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.
Big numbers reflect big legislation — one that got pushed through at the last minute, with little debate or analysis.
Lawmakers are making money from video gambling operators. A vote on gambling expansion may happen Friday.
Plus, an unsurprising we-told-you-so on Cook County property taxes, and a plea from Rockford.
And has thwarted efforts to increase transparency, too.
Do those descriptions help readers? Or do they reveal our biases?
Here is all of ProPublica Illinois’ local reporting on the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.
Illinois has among the most racially diverse set of political leaders in the country.
And what’s coming next.