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Journalism Made Possible Because of the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act is fundamental to investigative journalism. Here’s our strange attempt to get you to care about it.

Returning to the Scene of a Trauma

At 16, Brandon Whitehead and his father were held at gunpoint by an off-duty Chicago police officer. The cop got suspended for five days, which he served 11 years later. Brandon, now 27, goes back to the scene.

Downstate-of-Mind: Your Responses to Defining ‘Downstate’ Illinois

We heard from nearly 250 people who offered advice on whether we should use the term “Downstate” in our reporting. Here are the results.

A Story From the Saline County Jail

Defining ‘Downstate’ Illinois

Calling all Illinoisans: Help us understand the location and connotations of “Downstate,” so our newsroom can better choose our words both in how we write and how we talk.

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