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.
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.
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.