Chicago Tribune reporter covering Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Hall. | @EIU grad | Rock Island native |

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Bill Ruthhart is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune covering Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Hall.

Prior to moving to the City Hall beat in April 2013, Ruthhart was a watchdog reporter for the Tribune, focusing on government and political coverage. He wrote extensively about Illinois state agencies,...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Suburban reporter, The Indianapolis Star.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Various online tools and search engines, Excel, Access, Nexis and a wide range of public records and many others, depending on the story.

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

No assignment is too small. Work hard and focus on one story at a time.