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Why Trump Should Have Read “Ask ProPublica Illinois” Before He Tweeted

In fact, Mr. President, there are real people behind those unnamed sources, and reporters at reputable news outlets work hard to verify the information they provide.

Looking at the Archives From the Time of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and Seeing Familiar Themes

Protesters villainized. Journalists blamed. Politicians exploiting public anxieties.

“Do Something, Please,” Doctors Testify at DCFS Hearing

This week, reporter Duaa Eldeib attended a hearing called after our investigation found hundreds of children in state care who were stuck in psychiatric hospitals — sometimes for months. Here’s the dispatch from our newsletter.

When Mapping the Many Disparities in Chicago, It Can Feel Like It’s the Same Story Being Told

But maps can turn personal experiences into powerful evidence.

We’re Writing About Problems at the Immigrant Shelters Housing Children and Teens — in English and Español

“Lax” supervision at Heartland shelters contributed to runaways, sexual activity and alleged inappropriate relationships.

The “Terrible” Consequences of Chicago’s Ticketing Policies

The city tried to raise revenues by hiking the cost of sticker tickets, but instead hurt motorists in low-income, black neighborhoods.

Download the Gang Databases We Got From Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Chicago Police Department

There’s info that’s unverified, subjective and simply wrong, yet government officials can access and use it, with potentially troubling consequences.

All the Ways You Can Help Our Reporting Right Now

We’ve got a lot of stories in the works. Here are the questions we’re putting to you.

How ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ Worked Together to Find Thousands of Duplicate Tickets in Chicago

We heard from you about how ticket debt, especially from $200 city sticker citations, has affected you. And we would like your help as we continue our reporting.

I Went in Search of Abandoned African-American Cemeteries

I found a couple, and some fascinating history, too.

Who Are You, Readers? And Do You Trust Us?

Hi, I’m Helga, ProPublica Illinois’ engagement reporting fellow, and I would like to ask for your help.

Understand “Variety.” Listen to Young People. Pay Attention to Changing Community Reputations.

Here’s what we learned from our theater-journalism workshops in Rock Island and Toulon.

Where Is “Home” for Children in State Custody?

Many of us have distinct memories of our own childhood homes. That’s not the case for hundreds of children trapped in Illinois psychiatric hospitals.

About That Hate Crime at a Western Illinois Cemetery

We’ve been tracking Illinois hate crimes as part of our Documenting Hate project. We want to know if this one will be reported to the FBI.

How Journalist Susie Cagle’s Illustrations Help Us “Follow The Money”

The former “words” journalist “bet on pictures.” Now her comics journalism is much in demand.

You’re Entitled to Government Transparency

Public records laws and enforcement aren’t perfect. Your demand for improving them matters.

Takeaways From Our Urbana-Champaign Free Street Theater Journalism Workshop

1. More participation from people of all ages. 2. ‘Chambana’ isn’t a thing. 3. It’s way more than a college town.

Those Questions You’ve Been Asking About Journalism? We Ask Them, Too.

A recap of your questions — and answers from our newsroom — about how journalists do their jobs. P.S. Keep sending them.

How We Found Sources for Our Research Misconduct Story — And How You Can Help Us Find More

Privacy rules were an obstacle to finding participants in Dr. Mani Pavuluri’s lithium studies, but we got around them.

Chicago’s Gang Database Isn’t Just About Gangs

Why are the Black Panthers listed alongside street gangs?

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