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

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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,...

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RT @BillRuthhart: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel still won't answer that prickly question about whether the city will challenge Cook Coun… https://t.co/L3xHwfn8YV
RT @BillRuthhart: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel admonished aldermen divided on a vote that, for some, pitted healthcare access versus ab… https://t.co/ejQWMOVqMy
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel still won't answer that prickly question about whether the city will challenge Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios on low commercial property assessments exposed by the Chicago Tribune and Pro Publica Illinois' Tax Divide series:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-chicago-city-council-roundup-20180117-story.html 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel admonished aldermen divided on a vote that, for some, pitted healthcare access versus abortion rights. Some aldermen pushed back against Emanuel, including one calling his portrayal of the vote "disingenous" and "offensive."  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-presence-health-tax-subsidy-vote-20180117-story.html 
RT @chicagotribune: Mary McDonald, the first Republican woman to be elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, has died. She wa… https://t.co/tHSFyFKVze
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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.