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It’s our half-birthday.
Here’s what we learned from our kickoff event in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Here’s to getting through the weeds, getting out to vote and the impact of local reporting. But our work isn’t over.
For a Chicago newbie, learning about a city begins with books, buildings and, especially, people. One thing I’ve figured out: I need a snow shovel.
In the pricey Illinois governor’s race, it’s more important than ever.
Still, we want to tell you a little bit about her, and about some of the other people we interviewed, because they helped inform our ticket debt investigation.
Here are the places ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater will be visiting. Will we see you there?
It's the first of many experiments to reach our audience with useful, data-driven visual journalism.
Join Free Street Theater — and us, of course — as we learn about Stark County.
Claims from officials that they’re acting in response to a story need to be investigated, too.
In 50 years, only one officer has been fired for abuse involving racial or ethnically biased language.
How we identified the funders behind Project Six, and how you can dig into nonprofits, too.
ProPublica Illinois and Free Street Theater are gearing up for a new project about the news and information that impacts Illinoisans. Where should we go? What issues should we address? And will you host us?
At ProPublica Illinois, we strive to be transparent about how our journalism gets done. But we can’t predict what you will find useful about it. So, tell us.
Verifying 4,969 names. Driving 1,493 miles for interviews. Fact-checking 291 facts for one story … twice. Here are some hidden costs of our reporting.
We’re still on the hunt for ultra-specific ways Illinoisans get information about their communities. Here are a few that you’ve suggested.
Molly Parker is a reporter at The Southern Illinoisan who’s been covering the housing and economic crisis in Cairo, Illinois, for the past two-and-a-half years.
Behind all the technical terms and the statistics is a story about the simple concept of fairness.
Mom blogs. Prison newsletters. Neighborhood Facebook groups. Help us make a list of where Illinoisans get specific information.
As an ‘Emerging Reporter’ fellow, each interview has taught me something new, challenged a preconceived belief or reinforced an idea about journalism.