Progress Illinois

TaglineA labor-backed site providing original news and analysis beyond the mainstream
Year Founded2008
Type or CoverageGeneral
Type or CoverageOther
Business TypeNon-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesSponsorships
Revenue SourcesFunding
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)1
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active VolunteersNone
AffiliationsContent partnership with public access station CAN-TV.
Mappin LocationChicago - Illinois
Principal StaffAricka Flowers
DescriptionWhile the genesis of Progress Illinois dates back to 2006 the left-leaning news and commentary site officially launched in March 2008 riding a wave of national interest in Illinois politics propelled by then-senator Barack Obama’s unlikely bid for the presidency. The spotlight on Illinois intensified further that year with ex-governor Rod Blagojevich’s descent from up-and-coming progressive politician to perpetual punch line. It was a good time to be a fledgling Illinois-centric political news site.
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