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: 46.51

Bias: -1.31

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 URL Bias Reliability
Column: Biden signs popular American Rescue Plan, making GOP look bad. That’s cancel culture!-1036
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'2.448.6
Running, unlocked ambulance stolen from South Loop crashes on North Side, injuring at least 1 woman248.67
From cabdrivers to concession cashiers, workers supported by Chicago’s airports wonder when — or if — they’ll go back. ‘I don’t see a future.'-1.6746
CPS students will get the option to do remote learning in the fall, schools CEO says, but opponents are still pushing for all-virtual classes-3.3349
Trump expected to send new federal force to Chicago this week to battle violence, but plan’s full scope is a question mark-6.6742
Calling Chicago ‘a disaster,’ Trump announces surge of federal agents will be sent to deal with violence spike-150
Lincoln Park High School student sues Chicago Board of Ed over alleged sexual assault; CPS briefs Local School Council members on misconduct investigations4.2549.5
Cook County officials probing whether pediatrician who killed himself had been falsifying vaccination documents for patients1.553.75
Amazon pays $50 million for former Old Chicago amusement park and megamall site052
Bernie Sanders edges Pete Buttigieg in New Hampshire primary, Amy Klobuchar finishes surprising 3rd0.2551.5
Actor Jussie Smollett faces new disorderly conduct charges in alleged fake attack1240.25
Ingrid Michaelson ‘The Notebook’ musical will have world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare, based on movie and Nicholas Sparks novel245.33
Kris Bryant loses his service time dispute with the Cubs, keeping him under contract through 20212.6745.33
Bakers Square bankruptcy closes five Chicago-area restaurants2.3346
In State of State speech, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois needs to ‘root out the purveyors of greed and corruption’1.6744
Jussie Smollett seeking dirt on Chicago’s ex-top cop Eddie Johnson in legal fight with city244.67
Chicago man was more than 4 times over legal alcohol limit when he crashed car, critically injuring 4-year-old daughter, prosecutors say2.3354.67
Column: Virginia gun rally shows I might be doing this whole ‘white man’ thing wrong-19.3326.33