About The Daily Line

The Daily Line (TDL) publishes essential news on government, elections, policy and politics in Chicago, Cook County and the Illinois State Capitol. Detailed newsletters, published every weekday, provide TDL members detailed accounts and professional insights about the decisions made by Chicago’s, Cook County’s and Illinois’ elected officials, governmental decision makers and other influential policy makers. TDL also produces podcasts, events, guides to government and elections along with online town halls for its members. 

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Alex Nitkin is The Daily Line’s editor and reporter covering Cook County and Chicago's City Council. He came to TDL from The Real Deal Chicago, where he covered Chicago real estate news. He previously worked at DNAinfo, first as a breaking news reporter, and then as a neighborhood reporter covering the city's Far Northwest Side. He grew up in Connecticut and spent one year as an exchange student in Venezuela before studying at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, during which time he interned at the Chicago Reporter. When he's not reporting on Chicago government and politics, Alex enjoys camping, baking bread and riding Divvy bikes as far as they'll go.

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Editor & City Hall Reporter

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Erin Hegarty has covered City Hall for The Daily Line since September 2020. She previously covered the City of Naperville for the Naperville Sun/Chicago Tribune for four years, and prior to that covered the northwest suburbs for the Daily Herald. Erin enjoys biking around the city and eating her way through different neighborhoods.

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Contact Erin: [email protected]

Chicago Reporter

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Ben is The Daily Line's legislative reporter covering Illinois state government. He came to The Daily Line in January 2022 from Shaw Media where he covered local government in McHenry County for the Northwest Herald. Ben is a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield. There he was also an intern for the State Journal-Register and covered the Illinois General Assembly. A native of the north suburbs, Ben enjoys following Chicago sports and spending time outdoors.

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Contact Ben: [email protected]

Ben Szalinski

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