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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Chicago Reporter

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Joel Ebert is The Daily Line's reporter covering the Illinois state government. He covered politics in Illinois, South Dakota and West Virginia before joining The Tennessean in 2016 to report on the Tennessee General Assembly and state government. In West Virginia, he worked as a daily statehouse reporter before transitioning to provide daily coverage of the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who became the first chief executive of a major corporation convicted of a workplace safety crime. A native of Illinois and graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ebert is a student of Chicago politics whose work has been cited by national media. He’s received awards from the press associations in South Dakota, West Virginia and Tennessee, including the Malcolm Law Award for investigative reporting. In 2019, he was a National Press Foundation fellow.

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Springfield Reporter

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Caroline is a fourth-year at the University of Chicago and most recently served as the managing editor of the student paper, The Chicago Maroon. She’s reported on politics and policy at the national and state levels in Wisconsin and Iowa, where she also made a point of trying as much local ice cream as she could find.

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Intern Reporter

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