Chicago Tribune Bias and Reliability Overview

Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper and the largest news organization in the Midwest, with a focus on the Chicago, IL, area. Founded in 1847, it is owned by Tribune Publishing and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1976, 2008, and for Explanatory Reporting in 2001. Today it is the most widely read daily news in the greater Chicago Metropolitan and Great Lakes areas. Ad Fontes Media rates Chicago Tribune in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are Chicago Tribune’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.85

Bias: -3.15

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Media seeks courtroom access to R. Kelly’s trial, saying it’s at the nexus of ‘race, gender and sexual violence’042.33
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown’s choice on merit promotions just his latest reversal of predecessor’s policies0.3341
Activists who helped craft civilian police oversight plan cheer its passage — and vow to fight for more reforms-12.3341.67
Editorial: Many Chicagoans don’t trust police. Civilian oversight will help.-935.67
Column: Cynical GOP laws barring transgender youth from sports will fail, but kids will be hurt along the way-1235.33
US surgeon general worries over increasing COVID-19 cases nationwide-146
‘The workforce that’s returning is not the same’: As employees return to offices, they may bring new addictions with them044.67
Money in Illinois politics: Giannoulias has big funding lead in secretary of state race; Rabine outspends GOP governor foes; Duckworth has $5 million on hand045.67
Pete Buttigieg spotlights Red Line South extension while in Chicago to push for Biden infrastructure deal-3.3344.67
Surging number of suburban school districts will let parents decide if their students will be masked in the fall: ‘We’re getting kids their freedom back’342
Date rapes are hard to investigate and prosecute. A new Illinois bill would more clearly define consent in these cases.045.67
Musicians rehearse in parking garages after the pandemic fades — yes, that’s a tuba you’re hearing045
In Chinatown, many are eager to get back to business in a neighborhood heavily reliant on tourism, but caution over crime and COVID lingers-0.6747
Eating out costing more as Chicago restaurants emerge from the pandemic — and price hikes may not slow down anytime soon-1.6746.33
The Spin: Rules for thee but not for me? No days off for cops but Lightfoot’s top deputies take off before violent July 4 weekend | Marjorie Taylor Greene hits false election fraud refrain at downstat-2.6739.33
Chicago companies are plotting returns to the office. It won’t be as simple as turning off Zoom.043.67
Computer hackers stole thousands of Lightfoot administration emails. Here’s a look at some of what they leaked online.043.67
Column: Biden signs popular American Rescue Plan, making GOP look bad. That’s cancel culture!-2030
CPS head says she wants to compromise with teachers but in-person classes must remain an option. CTU says time is running out for an agreement.048.67
The Spin: Kinzinger says he was armed during Capitol riot | Illinois National Guard mobilized amid security threats | Pritzker, Lightfoot aren’t attending inauguration-1.6748.33
Op-ed: Joe Biden is impeachment’s biggest loser7.3335
Congress certifies Joe Biden’s Electoral College win hours after violent pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol-2.3345.67
Spectacle casino executive, former Indiana state senator charged in illegal campaign scheme250
House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.749.33
Vietnam War veterans protest 'Hanoi Jane' at Fonda's Broadway play, calling her 'traitor'350.25