Stories by depaul’s center for journalism integrity and excellence

Designed to Reduce Cook County Jail Population, Electronic Monitoring System May Produce False Readings

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In the county’s electronic monitoring program administered by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office, defendants wear an ankle monitor equipped with GPS and cellular tower tracking technology. Some say the readings are not always accurate, leading to incorrect reports of violations. 

Long After COVID-19 Infection Ends, Some Still Face Distorted Senses of Taste and Smell

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According to a November study, researchers estimate that anywhere from 700,000 to 1.6 million people in the U.S., are currently experiencing chronic smell loss or distortion because of COVID-19. For several Chicago-area residents, the loss persists. 

Where Does the City Plant Trees? A Ward-by-Ward Analysis

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Chicago has a long history of segregation and racial inequity. Now, a new data analysis by the DePaul University Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence shows inequity is rooted even in the planting of city trees.

Chicago’s 2008 Climate Action Plan Came Up Short, New Analysis Shows

Advocates say laws, not plans, are needed

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Three mayors in the past 15 years have all promised to combat the effects of global climate change. But some critics and scientists, along with a new data analysis by the DePaul University Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence, reveal their efforts have fallen short. 

Lightfoot Cracks Down on Speeding Violations as Traffic Fatalities Rise

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Starting Monday, the city of Chicago is jacking up fines for speeding violations near schools and parks — and that has the mayor at odds with some aldermen. Carol Marin and students from DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence have the story. 

Local Pandemic: A Small Town’s Fight Against COVID-19

The town of Washington in central Illinois.

Seven years ago, the town of Washington in central Illinois was hit with a tornado. Now, some say the COVID-19 shutdown is an even bigger disaster.

Problem Gamblers Look For Help as Illinois Increases Gaming

State promises budget boost for programs

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Before the COVID-19 outbreak, gambling in Illinois was spreading like wildfire, with more places to make a bet than Nevada. But is the state upholding its promise to provide addiction services at the same pace it expands gambling?

Women Forced to Choose Between Food and Menstrual Products

Nearly 25 million American women living below the poverty line are faced with a terrible choice every month: whether to spend money on menstrual hygiene products or other necessities. We explore what’s called period poverty – and the movement to end it.

Bubbly Creek: An Environmental Quagmire for Federal Agencies and Local Activists

More than a century after Upton Sinclair described a stretch of the Chicago River as “a great open sewer,” Bubbly Creek is still plagued by waste – and the restoration process has been mired in its own political muck.

Booting by Private Companies Remains Source of Tension Between Drivers, Businesses and Aldermen

Leave your car unattended in a private lot and you may pay the price

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If you park in a private lot and get booted it will cost you nearly three times what the city charges for a regular parking ticket. For more than 15 years it’s been a controversial – and sometimes maddening – fact of city life.

Sanctuary Restaurants Offer Support to Employees, But Little Protection

Chicago has dozens of “sanctuary restaurants,” but like “sanctuary city,” the term is not a legal designation. So what exactly does it mean?

DACA Repeal Puts Med Students in Murky Waters

Since coming to the U.S. a decade ago, Alejandra Duran-Arreola is on the cusp of becoming a doctor.

The possibility of a DACA repeal, its impact on the Illinois health system and the future of medical students: A special report from DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence.

In Illinois, Marijuana Laws Struggle to Keep Up With Times

As legislators in Springfield debate the future of marijuana, some believe there is a major disconnect between Illinois’ laws and shifting public opinion. 

Chicago Gun Offender Registry Called Into Question

With the city’s mounting gun violence, some remain skeptical about the effectiveness of a little-known city ordinance called the Gun Offender Registry. A special report from DePaul University's Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence.