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Elliott Ramos

Elliott Ramos

Digital Editor

Elliott is the editor responsible for WBEZ’s data reporting, specializing in data visualizations, maps, and analysis, he uses geekery to supplement the station’s enterprise reporting.

He also assists with analyzing the station’s analytics and audience engagement. He is responsible for poring over reams of data to ensure usability of the website and apps — and discoverability of the station’s content.
Prior to WBEZ, Elliott was an editor for the Wall Street Journal’s mobile applications department, and at one point, a news editor on its News Hub. He was previously a senior Web editor for the New York Daily News, and interned at the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago RedEye and WBBM CBS2.

Elliott holds a certification for data journalism from the LEDE program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a BA in journalism from Columbia College Chicago.
He is able to quote West Wing and Simpsons with ease, and once raised koi with the names Daria and Jane.


Recent Stories


Illinois Ends License Suspensions For Parking Tickets

The new law will also end driver’s license suspensions for debt from other non-moving violations.


A Half-Million Chicago Drivers Have Unpaid Sticker Tickets – 11,400 Applied For Relief

Advocates are disappointed the city didn’t do more to encourage drivers to sign up for debt relief. The city says more reforms are coming.


Drivers Have Until Dec. 15 To Get City Sticker Tickets Dropped

Only a fraction of drivers have applied so far, and city officials are urging residents not to wait.


Chicago Regularly Sells Cars Lost To Winter Parking Ban

Since 2009, the city has sold more than 1,200 vehicles that were caught up in the winter ban.


Chicago Launches Ticket Debt Forgiveness Website, New Payment Plans

As many as 500,000 drivers could be eligible to have at least three city sticker tickets dropped.


Chicago Suspends Street-Sweeping This Week

The leaves fell, then iced, and that means no street-sweeping tickets. We mapped the affected areas.


Chicago Police Misuse Parking Placards

The inspector general’s office saw police, and their family and friends, park near Soldier Field, Wrigley Field and a downtown theater.


500,000 Drivers Could Receive Debt Relief From City Sticker Tickets

Attention, Chicago motorists: You have until Oct. 31 to buy a city sticker and then qualify for a new debt forgiveness program.


City Council Approves Ticket And Debt Collection Reforms

The measures, which were prompted by a ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ Chicago investigation, are scheduled to take effect by mid-November.


Chicago Removed 15,500 Ride-share Drivers For Ticket Debt

This year alone, city policy required Uber and Lyft to suspend more than 15,500 people — about 15% of local ride-share drivers.


Lightfoot Announces Plan To Stop Suspending Licenses For Parking Tickets

The mayor also wants to reduce the max fee for not having a valid city sticker and give drivers with a boot an extra day to pay their fines.


Only 1 Person Has Been Issued The Steepest Fine For Drinking At Pride Parade

In 2013, lawmakers raised the fine for drinking near a parade to $500 to $1,000. Only one such ticket has been issued at the Pride Parade.


Tickets Task Force Suggests Reforms, Punts To Mayor, City Council

A report from the Chicago Fines, Fees & Access Collaborative responded to many of the problems ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ revealed.


Lawsuits And A New Mayor. What’s Going On With Ticketing?

Chicago has been hit with multiple lawsuits, and legislation has stalled in Springfield that would have ended some license suspensions.


Lawsuit Challenges Chicago’s Car Impound Program

The class-action suit wants the city to end a program that takes cars for certain crimes, and return others being held with hefty fees.


Chicago’s Towing Program Is Broken

The city sells one in four towed vehicles. It pays a contractor with residents’ cars. Yet, the city barely makes money.


Takeaways From Our Investigation Of Chicago’s Towing Program

Decades of data show the towing program relies on a problematic contract that sells thousands of cars and barely makes the city money.


Lightfoot Proposes Scaling Back Boots, Red-Light Cameras

Lightfoot would ban the boot for non-moving violations and eliminate red-light cameras that weren’t for safety reasons.


Chicago Election Results: What Neighborhoods Voted – And For Whom?

Lightfoot had a strong showing on a large part of the North Side, while Preckwinkle controlled the South Side along the lake.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

How Chicago’s Ticketing System Can Ruin Someone’s Life

We all hate them. But parking and traffic camera tickets generate millions for the city of Chicago every year. A WBEZ/ProPublica Illinois investigation reveals that system puts a huge burden on the very people who can least afford it. We look at how one ticket can ruin someone’s life, and what mayoral candidates will do to change the discriminatory system.

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