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Cook County Corruption

Cook County Official Hired Niece For Six-Figure Job

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Robert Herguth/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32 | Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough taps niece for six-figure job, amid othe...

County Doctor Gets Big Payout For No Work

NBC Chicago | Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

A former Stroger Hospital doctor was given checks amounting to six figures with no work to show for it, an NBC Chicago / Better Government Association...

County Assessor Gives Daughter $10,000 Raise Despite Budget Crisis

Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago

Even as the county ethics board investigates Joe Berrios' hiring of family members, the Cook County Assessor gave his daughter a $10,000 pay raise, th...

Report: Sex, Booze, Sleeping On The Job At Cook County Water Parks

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.26.2011 | Chicago

A mini-water park run by the Cook County Forest Preserve allegedly became a personal playground for staffers who boozed it up, had sex or just napped ...

Ex-Todd Stroger Aide Gets Jobless Pay Despite Corruption Charge

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A former top Cook County official awaiting trial on public corruption charges has been collecting unemployment benefits despite her arrest, county off...

Chicago Democrat Fires 53 Employees, Hires Friends And Family

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even before he won the Cook County Assessor seat, Democrat Joe Berrios was taking Cook County nepotism to a whole new level. While most government wor...

Report: Joe Berrios A 'Vivid Example' Of 'Clout-Infested Politics'

Chicago Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Berrios stands as a prime example of the kind of closed, self-interested politics that plagues this state. The Board of Review, where he has spent the...

Todd Stroger's Shady Hiring Practices Highlighted In New Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Todd Stroger's staff bent or broke county hiring rules to put supporters on payroll and fire naysayers, according to a scathing report released Tuesda...

Four Cook County Officials Busted In Corruption Sting

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A group of suburban public servants were arrested Tuesday in a corruption probe looking allegations they profited from their positions....

Mayor's Brother Calls Stroger Aide Contract Scandal A 'Disgrace'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sounding a bit like his brother, the usually measured Cook County Commissioner John Daley called the unfolding contract scandal in County Board Presid...

Calvin Boender Found Guilty: Developer Convicted Of Bribing Alderman

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A federal jury has convicted a Chicago developer of bribing an alderman in exchange for his support on a West Side project. Calvin Boender was foun...

Cook County Corruption Report: 150 Top Officials Convicted In 140 Years

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's no mystery that Cook County has had its share of political corruption, but a study released Thursday puts it into perspective: 150 top Cook Count...

Frivolous Lawsuits Costing Cook County Millions: Study

Daily Herald | Ted Cox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An Illinois legal-reform group released a study Wednesday suggesting Cook County is squandering millions of dollars annually with a lax approach to fi...

Court Clerk Charged With Taking Bribe To Sway Case

STNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As part of an ongoing investigation into financial corruption, a Cook County Circuit Court clerk was arrested Wednesday for allegedly accepting a brib...

Corruption Charges: Cook County Suburban Schools Supt. Arrested | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Regional Supt. Charles Flowers was charged today with theft by the Cook County state's attorney's office. At a news conference this afternoon, Coo...

Over $11M In Cook County Contracts Went To Political Donors

Daily Herald | Rob Olmstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A joint investigation by the Daily Herald and the Better Government Association has found that the companies that received the 11 contracts worth $11....

Sheriff Sets Up Suburban Government Corruption Unit

WBBM Newsradio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[Cook County Sheriff Thomas] Dart has formed a new Financial Crimes/Public Corruption Unit, the first of its kind in the sheriff's office, to investig...

Replacing Quigley on Cook County Board a Lesson in Democracy, Sort of

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
James Warren

When a committee gathered Saturday to fill the Cook County Board vacancy created by spirited reformer Mike Quigley's ascension to the U.S. Congress, it was no surprise that talk of a fix was rampant.

Some Honesty Regarding the Cook County Craigslist Thing

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Craig Newmark

"Frankly, Sheriff Dart's actions mystify me," said craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, referencing the private civil suit filed against the online service Thursday by the Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff.

County Employees Paid Overtime On Off Days

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last winter, Cook County Highway Department maintenance employees called in sick, took vacation or put in for paid time off on the same days they earn...

All I Want for Christmas Is a Modernized Cook County Government

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Short of absolute dictatorships, my staff and I couldn't find an example of a more powerful veto anywhere in the world. Why does the president of the Cook County Board have this much power?

Cook County Commissioners' Back-Door Pay Raise

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Commissioners are paid $85,000 per year in taxpayer-funded salary. But they also receive more than $1,200 a month in no-strings-attached "...

Cook County's $3.2 Million Patronage Tab

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"Cook County will pay more than $100,000 each to four victims of illegal political patronage as part of 108 awards announced Thursday by a court-appoi...

Got Clout?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Want to know who owes whom in Chicago politics? Connecting the dots just got a lot easier with the creation of CloutWiki, an interactive reference sit...

Cook County Conflict Of Interest?

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Can the attorney who defended Cook County against allegations of illegal political hiring be an independent inspector general? That depends on how yo...