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How searching court records, data and talking to people can spark an investigation. I hope.
Here’s a slice of news around the state this week, via our newsletter.
Chicago became the largest U.S. city to enact major reforms to its system of parking fines and fees. City officials say more changes are coming.
As Students From China Flock to University of Illinois, Lawsuit Alleges Ex-Professor Targeted Female Chinese Students
The allegations came at a time when the flagship campus at Urbana-Champaign was enrolling more Chinese undergraduates during some years than any university in the U.S.
And updates on the creation of new casinos around the state.
Lawmakers described the practice as disturbing, disheartening and shocking.
How We Got the Story About Parents Transferring Guardianship of Their Kids to Win Financial Aid They Wouldn’t Otherwise Qualify For
A tip, and then lots of work — including looking through nearly 2,000 files — over a very short period of time.
She’s Risked Arrest by Driving With a Suspended License for Seven Years. This Week She Got Some Big News.
Some 55,000 Illinoisans could regain their driver’s licenses very soon.
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.
Think we’re done reporting on ticket debt, research violations at the University of Illinois at Chicago or issues at Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital? Think again.
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.