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Laurie Cohen

Senior Analyst

Laurie Cohen is a Senior Analyst at the Civic Federation’s Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability, focusing on Medicaid and employee health insurance.

Before joining the Federation in 2009, Cohen was a longtime investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune. She specialized in doing in-depth projects on waste and corruption at Chicago’s City Hall. Her stories on minority-contracting fraud and illegal patronage hiring led to federal convictions, and her articles on residential recycling spurred an overhaul of the city’s recycling program. Prior to doing investigations for the Tribune, Cohen was a business reporter for the paper and a reporter in the Wall Street Journal Chicago bureau.

Cohen has won numerous Peter Lisagor Awards from the Headline Club of Chicago. She also was a lead writer on a series about O’Hare International Airport that won the Chicago Tribune staff a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2001.

Cohen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. in economics and government from Oberlin College.