We launched Block Club Chicago because we wanted to cover Chicago’s communities alongside the people who live here.
We knew there were stories to tell and questions that demanded answers that legacy media overlooked. With reporters embedded in 68 neighborhoods, we’ve continued to do that — collaboratively — because we live and work alongside our readers. You are our sources, our supporters and our most important stakeholders.
Today, with the help of a generous boost of initial support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we're excited to announce our plans to add a dedicated, six-person investigations team to our newsroom. We are already accepting tips and inquiries from Chicagoans at email@example.com.
The multimedia investigative team will work closely with our neighborhood reporters to support continued and deeper scrutiny of issues uncovered by the newsroom’s comprehensive daily coverage of the city’s residents and communities. These additional journalists will augment our team’s already robust investigative capabilities, which in recent years have included the discovery of sweeping racial inequities in traffic stops and ticketing across Chicago and our award-winning coverage of misdeeds at Loretto Hospital ranging from unethical distribution of early COVID-19 vaccines to questionable payments made to the former COO’s business partner, which were followed by the launch of a federal criminal probe by the FBI.
We know this type of journalism matters to you. Join our fight for transparency and accountability by donating to support our new investigative team.
[Read our full announcement here.]