Mick Dumke is a reporter and columnist for ProPublica Illinois. Since joining ProPublica, his work has focused on politics and criminal justice, including investigations of the underground gun trade, secret law enforcement databases and corruption in state and Chicago city government. Mick came to ProPublica after two years on the Watchdogs team at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he reported on civil liberties, the war on drugs and the dismantling of public housing. Before that, he spent almost a decade as a politics writer and editor for the Chicago Reader. He has also worked as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Reporter magazine, taught social studies at an alternative high school and studied religion at Northwestern University and McCormick Theological Seminary.
Internal communications show CHA officials waited weeks before hastily drawing up plans that could reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure for staff and residents.
During Tuesday’s Illinois Primary, Chicago Alderman and Former Firefighter Nicholas Sposato Delivered Pizzas at the Polls as His Ward Office Remained Open
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Sposato said he wanted to serve his constituents. “It is what it is,” he said.
Without new oversight and accountability, City Hall cannot “escape corruption, mismanagement and waste,” the city watchdog says.
Calling her previous order “overbroad,” the presiding judge of the child protection division says ProPublica Illinois is free to report on the case but can’t disclose the identities of the children.
The database has been accessed more than 1 million times, including some 32,000 times by immigration officials. Police said they will fix the database but not erase it.
The presiding judge of the child protection division of juvenile court says she will rule soon on ProPublica Illinois’ request to lift ban.
In the campaign to succeed Rahm Emanuel, candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle talk neighborhoods and look for votes.
In moving to shield minors, the judge weighs a challenge to the First Amendment right to publish.
In the 49th Ward, a newcomer from the left unseated the once progressive Joe Moore. And mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle tried to distance themselves from Rahm Emanuel, although the two top finishers have their own ties to the political establishment.
The mayor dominates the City Council while aldermen reign over the “fiefdoms” of their wards.
Commissioners are set to pass a law banning the database and requiring it to be destroyed.
Many welcomed the announcement that the sheriff took the database offline. But the office has resisted calls to destroy it immediately or publicly explain other details of its plans.
After Chicago officials denied records requests from the police shooting, the attorney general’s office did little to push the city to make documents public.
After Tuesday’s bluebath, Democrats dominate. But what comes next?
The Freedom of Information Act backlog starts with offices around the state, including the governor’s.
The office of the public access counselor was supposed to enforce open government laws. Nearly a decade later, it’s backlogged and frequently ignored.
In the community where Officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald four years ago, residents worry about policing, crime and inequality.
Protests and Blaming the Media. Sound Familiar? That Was During the ’68 Democratic National Convention.
Archived letters to former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley bring up familiar concerns about unrest, policing, political divisions and “propaganda.”
Challenger Amanda Biela takes on the “Madigan machine,” and copes with a divided Republican Party.
Gang files at other agencies include missing information and dead people.