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Jun 28, 2015 5:06 AM
The South Lyons Township Sanitary District doesn’t pay its elected officials much but the retirement benefits can be rich – despite efforts to end them.
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Jun 25, 2015 5:27 AM
Cash-strapped cities, towns and suburbs set to slash public safety, reduce pension costs, tap rainy day funds and explore bankruptcy, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.
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Jun 24, 2015 9:28 PM
Officers make arrests, then fail to appear in court, sometimes after defendants claim they were beaten or wrongly arrested.
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Jun 21, 2015 6:43 AM
Huge number of Chicago Public Schools classrooms are overcrowded – and with mounting financial problems, the situation could get worse.
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Jun 21, 2015 5:26 AM
Dorval Carter Jr., who Mayor Emanuel just named CTA president, until recently was double dipping – accepting a government paycheck and a six-figure taxpayer-subsidized pension that he started collecting as he turned 52.
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Jun 18, 2015 5:21 AM
Questioned years ago about the still-unsolved disappearance of a Chicago woman, a businessman with ties to reputed mob figures is now a campaign supporter of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.​
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Jun 17, 2015 5:22 AM
Top Obama advisor was tasked with helping kill controversial income tax perk used by the “wealthy and well-connected.” Yet she made a killing on a Chicago real estate deal by enlisting the benefit.
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Jun 16, 2015 2:37 PM
The Better Government Association and the Chicago Sun-Times won an Associated Press award for enterprise reporting for an investigative story on a clout-heavy group of landlords making big money building and leasing the FBI’s new Chicago offices.
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Jun 14, 2015 6:33 AM
Lou Lang has a reputation as a go-to lawmaker for controversial issues, including medical marijuana. Special interests show their appreciation with political donations.
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