Mick Dumke is a reporter for ProPublica. His work has focused on politics and government, including investigations of local and federal gun policies, secret police databases and corruption at Chicago City Hall. 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, taught social studies at an alternative high school, and studied religion at Northwestern University and McCormick Theological Seminary.
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.
Chicago police and City Hall tracked anti-Trump demonstrators — and now state legislators want to let them use drones.
Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side.
Project Six is closing its doors following our story revealing conservative donors.
Why are the Black Panthers listed alongside street gangs?
Pushing 80 and still gangbanging?
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Builds Power From the Ground Up — And Sometimes From the Basement
A polling place in a Chicago home offers a view of the operation run by the state’s most powerful politician.
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, one of the last leaders of the old Democratic machine, loses the Democratic primary to a wealthy political newcomer.
Top donors, operatives abandon Rauner and put their money with conservative crusader.
Veteran Democrat Lipinski joins critics of the Illinois Policy Institute with a letter to the IRS.
Illinois Policy Institute has called for government reform while channeling money to firms owned by insiders.
How we identified the funders behind Project Six, and how you can dig into nonprofits, too.