Bill Ruthhart is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune who
covers Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration and City Hall.
moving to the City Hall beat in April 2013, Ruthhart worked as a watchdog
reporter for the newspaper, focusing on government and political coverage. He
wrote extensively about Illinois state agencies, from uncovering repeated
failures at the state’s Department of Children and Family Services to exposing
revenue and regulatory shortcomings in Illinois’ various gambling expansion
proposals. Ruthhart also contributed to the Tribune’s political coverage,
writing about the state’s 2012 Congressional races and the 2013 special election
to replace convicted former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
arriving at the Tribune in October 2010, Ruthhart worked as a reporter at The
Indianapolis Star for more than eight years, where he covered the state
legislature, state agencies and most of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ two terms in office.
In 2008, Ruthhart worked much of the year from his car, criss-crossing the state
to cover Indiana’s presidential primary and general elections.
In 2009, Ruthhart was named the state’s best government reporter by the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for stories that revealed state and federal investigations into hundreds of questionable, high-risk investment practices that lost millions in insurance benefits for Indiana teachers. Ruthhart also was recognized for stories that revealed backroom efforts to kill legislation that would crackdown on animal abuse and the state’s so-called puppy mills.
In 2013, Ruthhart and colleague Christy Gutowski were awarded the Child Welfare League of America’s Anna Quindlen Award for their yearlong series of stories detailing child abuse deaths and the repeated failures of the state’s child welfare agency in protecting children and following federal mandates. (www.chicagotribune.com/dcfs