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Chicago Corruption

Three Hired Truck Firms Paid To Clear Snow After Blizzard

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The blizzard of costs to clean up Chicago's third-largest snowstorm is starting to pile up -- with $8 million in emergency contracts awarded in just o...

Convicted But Still On The City Payroll

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago, the city that works, is also the city that keeps on paying city employees long after they're convicted of corruption. Nine former city emplo...

One Blagojevich Too Many

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

It's time for the feds to cut Robert Blagojevich loose. Let the man get back to Tennessee and reclaim what remains of his old life.

The Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Costs of Corruption

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Our democracy is dying right in front of our eyes. That is the ultimate price we pay by ignoring the annual corruption tax and all the misdeeds they represent.

Jailed City Worker Received Paychecks, Benefits

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Prompted by findings that a city worker collected a paycheck while sitting in prison, Chicago's inspector general is urging Mayor Richard Daley to req...

Alderman Mary Ann Smith Gets Historic Tax Break

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Mary Ann Smith's 1912 craftsman-style bungalow sits on a spacious, leafy corner lot in Edgewater. It's an enviable piece of real estate. Her p...

Dishonest Tea: WATCH Chicagoans FAIL Honest Tea's Ethics Test

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago has officially lived up to its reputation, at least as far as one iced-tea promo is concerned. HuffPost Chicago reported two days ago on beve...

Corruption, Cheating And Cover-Ups: Greatest Hits From The IG's Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joe Ferguson has had his hands full. As Chicago's Inspector General, he's in charge of investigating allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in city go...

Salaries At Water District Keep Rising Despite Poor Economy

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In an era of layoffs, unpaid furloughs and reduced benefits at most levels of government, workers for the little-known, taxpayer-financed agency that ...

Official Accused Of Using City Employees On The Clock To Install His In-Ground Pool Light

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A $97,416-a-year Chicago Department of Transportation official who is the former son-in-law of mob leader Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra is under internal...

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...

Dorothy Brown's 'Jeans Day' Being Investigated By County

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown may have scrapped her controversial "Jeans Day" fund-raisers, but the county's inspector general is conf...

Watchdog or Puppy Dog? A Report From the Chicago City Council

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

With the help of some of my colleagues I was able to delay a vote on a misguided piece of legislation -- the establishment of a "Legislative Inspector General," the proposed "watchdog" of the City Council.

Chicago Corruption: Aldermen Use Expense Accounts On Cars, Relatives, Consultants

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Chicago government and many of its residents struggled with a tough economy, Chicago aldermen continued to pay relatives, public relations consu...

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...

Feds Questioned Daley In Alderman Corruption Case

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The FBI covertly interviewed Mayor Daley two years ago while probing the dealings of a developer and a now convicted Chicago alderman. The mayor wa...

Daley Gives Old Recycling Center Contracts To Politically Connected Ex Blue Baggers

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Mayor Richard M. Daley has changed tactics on residential recycling in an effort to build public participation in the program, that has not stop...

City Official Accused Of Ignoring Sexual Harassment Claims Against Fire Commissioner

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sexual harassment accusations against Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks allegedly were shelved by city Office of Compliance chief Anthony Boswell,...

Helen Hawkins, Former Schools Official, Spent Thousands Of School Money On Designer Bags, Hair Products

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Helen Hawkins, the former head of the Triumphant Charter school on the city's South Side, is facing jail time after using school funds to buy designer...

Daniel Burke, Brother Of Powerful Alderman Ed Burke, Now Lobbying City Hall

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After retiring as Chicago's deputy city clerk, state Rep. Daniel J. Burke found another way to make money. Lobbying the city. "I had an opportun...

Daley Gives Inspector General Power To Investigate Aldermen

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley today transferred control over city hiring from his $4 million-a-year Office of Compliance to the inspector general and dropped a politica...

Wafeek Aiyash Charged With Offering $100,000 Bribe To Alderman Isaac Carothers

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki and Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Naperville businessman was charged in federal court today with offering a $100,000 bribe to a Chicago alderman in an effort to land concession contr...

Urlacher, Tank Johnson Vouched For Indicted Political Figure

Chicago Breaking News | Jeff Coen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and former Bear Terry "Tank" Johnson are among those who wrote letters late last year praising the character o...

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...