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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Everybody In Chicago’s Mayor’s Race Wants Ticket Reform

All 14 candidates pledged reforms ranging from the studying of enforcement disparities to overhauling payment plans.

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Chicago Seizes And Sells Cars Over Tickets, Sticking Drivers With Debt

The effort to collect on city-sticker and other tickets has led the city to sell off nearly 50,000 cars since 2011.

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Task Force Will Take on Ticket and Debt Collection Reform

The group is part of an effort to make vehicle ticketing less unfair.

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Chicago Throws Out 23,000 Duplicate Tickets To Motorists Who Didn’t Have Stickers

The move is the city’s latest effort to reform its troubled ticketing and debt collection practices.

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City Council Approves First Reforms On Ticketing, Debt

The changes signal a growing acknowledgement that the city's reliance on fines and fees to generate revenue has come at a significant cost.

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Burke Adds To Growing Momentum For Ticket And Debt Reform

The proposal, the latest in a series of reforms, would make it easier for motorists to avoid having their driver’s licenses suspended.

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Chicago Elections Mapped: Voter Turnout High, But Low In Minority Neighborhoods

Check out Chicago's voter turnout on this map. Citywide turnout was high, but not everywhere.

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Aldermen Propose Big Changes To Help Drivers With Tickets, Towing

The proposal would cap late penalties and create community service alternatives to some fines.

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Chicago's Clerk Proposes Reforms To City Sticker Program

Anna Valencia proposed creating city sticker options so low-income drivers can afford to be in compliance and avoid costly tickets.

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From Vespas To Teslas: These Maps Show How Cars Are Spread Across Chicago

Spoiler alert! There are three DeLoreans!

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What’s Chicago Doing About Duplicate Sticker Tickets?

Seven weeks after the city pledged to address the issue, drivers are still on the hook – and mayoral candidates are taking notice.

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Chicago Hoped To Generate Millions With Expensive City Sticker Tickets. It Didn't Work.

Only one in three of these $200 tickets get paid.

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Suit: Chicago Should Refund Drivers Hit With Expensive Tickets

The suit claims tickets and fines over $250 should not go through the city’s administrative hearing process.

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Three City Sticker Tickets On The Same Car In 90 Minutes?

Thousands of drivers have gotten more than one city sticker ticket in a day. The city is looking into whether they should get a refund.

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The Dubious Finances Of Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban

No snow, yes tow: WBEZ analysis highlights the dubious finances of Chicago’s overnight winter parking ban.

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