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.
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.
Project Six, led by the former City Council inspector general, got 98 percent of its startup money from the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute.
Emanuel still hasn’t delivered on promise to put more civilians in desk jobs and get additional officers on the street.
It’s how the laws are written, and trafficking is hard to prove.
It’s not big trafficking rings. Mostly, it’s through little guys like John Thomas.