The power company paid $361,000 in 2017 and 2018 to a clout-heavy ex-lobbyist whose home was raided by the feds in May.
Patrick Ward, one of the central figures in the Metra patronage scandal, wasn’t the only political foot soldier for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to land on a public-sector payroll.
Late-great Pittsburgh Pirate and Latino sports icon Roberto Clemente was known for a strong arm. Was an Illinois legislator using strong-arm tactics to get Metra to re-name a train stop after Clemente?
Another Lawmaker Subpoenaed for Scholarship Records
Prosecutors look into state Rep. Dan Burke after a BGA/Sun-Times investigation raises questions about how he awarded taxpayer-subsidized college tuition waivers.
Legislators Move to Kill Pension Perk for Ex-Chief
Former Oak Brook Police Chief Tom Sheahan’s taxpayer-funded retirement benefits soared thanks to a law that appeared to be quietly crafted several years ago just for him. Now, following a BGA/Sun-Times expose, the Illinois Senate has voted to reverse the sweetheart deal.
IL Rep Gives Alderman’s Daughter Free Ride to U. of I.
In the latest controversy surrounding a lucrative political perk, the daughter of Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale—who has endorsed state Rep. Robert Rita for re-election in the past—ended up with a “legislative scholarship” from Rita.
FBI Asked To Look At Scholarship Granted By Rep. Dan Burke
As a result of a BGA/Sun-Times investigation, the State Board of Education sends records to the FBI and the General Assembly’s ethics watchdog about a questionable legislative scholarship awarded by state Rep. Dan Burke.
State Rep. Dan Burke Gave Tuition Award to Ex-Secretary’s Daughter
A joint investigation by the BGA and the Chicago Sun-Times has raised unanswered questions about how state Rep. Dan Burke’s ex-secretary’s daughter received a legislative scholarship.