Covering City Hall for the Tribune means I get yelled at on a regular basis by politicians and their friends. Don’t feel too bad for me: I usually yell back.
I keep an email pinned to my Twitter account where Mayor Lightfoot basically told her staff not to talk to me because she was mad about our critical reporting. It’s a reminder to focus on the work, despite the obstacles.
That said, I try to think honestly about feedback, whether from a frustrated official or a dedicated reader like you. We want to be accurate, fair and reveal truths about how your tax dollars are spent and why.
Over the weekend, we wrote about the city’s racial politics and Lightfoot telling people who don’t support her not to vote. We scrutinized Brandon Johnson’s support from the teachers union and what it could mean for city schools. In recent weeks, we’ve reported on Paul Vallas’s record, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s ties to indicted former Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan and the ethical issues Willie Wilson’s cash giveaways pose. And we’ve taken deep dives into critical issues including finances, schools, transportation, crime and police reform.
Election Day is a week away. I don’t know who’s going to win. But I do know we’ll keep bringing you important stories that shed light on the candidates and their potential impact on the city we love, no matter who it angers. Keep reading.
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