Why did the heir apparent to ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford give $1,000 to Toni Preckwinkle as Clifford was shown the door?
Now Arriving . . .
Politically connected Chicago businessman lands deal with Gary airport – did clout help him touch down?
Why are so many local police chiefs donating to political campaigns? It’s one job that should be devoid of politics, experts say.
A Curious Civics Lesson
In Bellwood, a superintendent is hired after campaigning for school board members. And she’s not the only school administrator in the region engaged in politics.
On Second Thought…
School district fires administrator for alleged sexual harassment, then hires him back after he campaigns for school board members.
Cash Poor Yet Clout Heavy
Some lawmakers claimed that legislative scholarships went to students who couldn’t afford college, but nearly one in every 10 scholarships went to politically active families – who collectively gave more than $1.6 million to state lawmakers and other politicians.
When in Doubt, Remap Them Out
A year after running unsuccessfully for alderman, dozens of politically active Chicagoans find themselves remapped into different wards, a sign that political powerbrokers are looking after themselves instead of residents.
County Watchdog Slams Hospital for Doc’s Double-Dipping Ways
A BGA/NBC investigation prompts Cook County’s inspector general to call for three Stroger Hospital employees to face discipline after doctor received $90,000 in improper payments. But another casualty could be the whistleblower who brought this case to light.