City Hall touts its $410M plan to fight crime but has spent little money; some cash goes to street outreach groups with no experience or troubled leadership.
Dan Hinkel is an investigative reporter covering criminal justice. Before joining Illinois Answers, he spent 11 years with the Chicago Tribune, where he largely focused on investigative coverage of police, prosecutors and the courts. He has also freelanced for outlets including the New York Times. A native of Wisconsin, he lives in Chicago.
Update: Pritzker signs bill shielding abortion patients, providers from out-of-state legal threats
Legal scholars say without those protections abortion opponents in other states might be able to sue or prosecute Illinois residents.
Top Lightfoot Aide Who Led Heavily Promoted Anti-Violence Efforts Gone From City Job
Tamara Mahal’s departure comes months after the BGA reported that the city overhyped the initiative and that she had made false claims about her career accomplishments
City Claims on Anti-Violence Program Are Overblown
Mayor Lightfoot’s choice to lead the city’s campaign against gun-crime has a history of hyperbole, both about her efforts to confront Chicago’s greatest crisis and her own career.
BGA Wins Pulitzer Prize
The Better Government Association has won a Pulitzer Prize for its investigative stories with The Chicago Tribune that exposed the failure of Chicago city officials to keep tenants safe from deadly fires in dangerous residential buildings.
Former Police Superintendent Accused of Lying in Murder Case
A man exonerated after 33 years in prison for double murder says records prove then-Lt. Philip Cline lied to jurors during his trial about taking his confession in 1987. He is suing the city.
Michael Madigan Indicted in 22-Count Federal Corruption Case
As part of a corruption probe lasting years, the longtime house speaker is charged with a conspiracy to use his vast power atop Illinois government to enrich himself, his law firm and his vast political patronage army.