How Illinois Lawmakers Have Gamed Their Pensions

February 23, 2017
Even Barack Obama could benefit from lucrative retirement perks state legislators have carved out for themselves.

Legislators Collect Paycheck From Washington, Pension From Illinois

February 23, 2017
Three members of Congress - Peter Roskam, Mike Bost and Jan Schakowsky - collect pensions from their time in Springfield; Cheri Bustos' husband earns a public salary greater than $100,000 while cashing a $67,000 pension.

Rahm Emails Show Casino Chief Sought Help After Family Contributed To Mayor

January 9, 2017
Emails obtained in BGA suit show gambling expansion talk between mayor's administration and Neil Bluhm. Family donated $770,000 to Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel. Meanwhile, a consultant for Rivers Casino concluded gambling expansion would pose "existential threats" to its business. 

Kirk, Duckworth Raise Big Money From Special Interests

October 3, 2016
Tammy Duckworth takes large contributions from law firm that brings asbestos lawsuits, while Mark Kirk gets a boost from a billionaire hedge fund manager.

Former Congressman Nixes Federal Lobbying After BGA Investigation

July 30, 2016
Bill Lipinski was paid by Metra, Chicago Transit Authority and other transportation clients.

Trump Towers With Huuuge Tax Savings

June 18, 2016
Presidential candidate saved a whopping $800,000 in property taxes on his unoccupied penthouse because of a unique Cook County policy.

Rivers Casino’s Jackpot: $1 Million Property Tax Break

May 8, 2016
Located on prime real estate and raking in huge profits, owners of Des Plaines casino argue their property isn’t so valuable, and the Board of Review agrees – leading to sizable tax cut.

Cited For Safety, Company Still Wins Juicy City Contracts

March 13, 2016
A sewer and excavation firm is accused of serious workplace safety violations, and still garners tens of millions of dollars in work from Emanuel administration.

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