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Kaarin Tisue
Worked at Chicago Tribune
Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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A system called “contract growing” now dominates Illinois pork production. While big producers profit, the factorylike system takes a toll on farmers, who say raising hogs a fee is work that’s physically punishing, low-paying and never-ending.
The low-slung sheds where some 20,000 pigs grow to market weight each year are unmarked by any business sign or attempt at beautification. Baling wire secures fraying plastic windscreens to the wood and concrete buildings. Everything seems gray, rusted, peeling or patched.
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Pork producers say keeping sows in gestation crates is safe and effective. Opponents say the practice amounts to animal torture. Both sides cite studies.
With a gentle, expert touch, pork industry executive Phil Borgic inspects the sow in the tight metal crate.
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Large hog facilities, or CAFOs, have exploded in number and size in Illinois, a change that helps hold down the price of pork but has come at a harsh cost to rural communities. Lax Illinois laws helped it happen.
When the sickening odor swept across Matt Heissinger's farmstead, his daughter would sprint from their home to the car. Clinging to the girl's clothes and hair, the smell drove her to tears as she feared becoming a high school outcast.
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Important information on chest protectors for parents whose kids play baseball, hockey, lacrosse: Studies have found current products don't prevent commotio cordis.
As millions of kids take the field this month for Little League season, many will be outfitted with equipment their parents hope will keep them safe on the diamond: helmets, shatterproof glasses, specialty elbow guards.
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Drug interactions hospitalize thousands each year, and many are unknown to medicine. In a unique collaboration, the Chicago Tribune worked with scientists to use novel techniques in data mining to tackle this problem.
The experiment began with thousands of patient files, millions of prescription orders, billions of clinical measurements and a single question: Could big data be used to discover deadly drug combinations?
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Chicago parishes likely to be closed as archdiocese faces impact of priest shortage
A radical overhaul in the nation's third-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese could shutter many of the Chicago church's houses of worship by 2030 as it reckons with dilapidated buildings and an expected shortage of priests, sources say.
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Spilled pig waste from giant CAFOs accounted for nearly half the fish killed by pollution in Illinois rivers in recent years, a Chicago Tribune investigation found. Some top producers have been accused repeatedly of causing damage.
Walking the Iroquois County streams his family had fished for decades, Leland Ponton was nearly brought to his knees by the stench of Beaver Creek.
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Raising pigs in CAFOs puts new pressures on the low-paid employees handling livestock. Some Illinois workers abuse the pigs in their care, and state officials can do little to intervene, a Chicago Tribune investigation finds.
Weeks after taking a job as a breeding technician at Eagle Point Farms, an anguished Sharee Santorineos sat down and wrote a three-page whistleblower complaint.
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Ouch. This is a scathing review of the new contemporary art galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago.
A black hole greets visitors to the recently reinstalled galleries of contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago .
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Drug interactions in which one drug alters the effect of another are a hidden epidemic in America.  The tragedy is that much of the harm is preventable. In the case of Becki Conway, health providers failed her at nearly every turn, leaving her in a fight for her life.
The first symptoms mimicked the flu. Becki Conway had a sore throat, a dry cough and irritated sinuses.
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With Flint's example front and center, Chicago still doesn't warn residents about how water main work can raise risk of lead exposure
More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.
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Even bigger budget problems loom for Chicago Public Schools next year.
State lawmakers and the Chicago Teachers Union have so far resisted pleas from the Chicago Public Schools for help closing this year's $480 million school budget gap.
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Investigative reporting, consumer watchdog stories, public service journalism
Introduction
Watchdog editor at Chicago Tribune. Ballroom dancer by night. Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias.
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Projects I helped edit were Pulitzer Prize finalists in investigative reporting for three straight years.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    1990
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I make writing better in hopes of making the world better.
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    Watchdog editor
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