School district fires administrator for alleged sexual harassment, then hires him back after he campaigns for school board members.
Some Illinois politicians appear to be living high on the hog by using their campaign funds to supplement their lifestyles. Is this legal?
As Cook County residents struggle with staggering property taxes, another politically connected employee at the assessor’s office is caught with improper exemptions on personal property.
Forty state lawmakers gave 120 scholarships to individuals living outside of their districts, based on a BGA review of legislative district maps and interviews with city and county election officials.
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.
Firm owned by Cook County’s former public housing chief, Elzie Higginbottom, wins a $3.2 million contract from a nonprofit created by the agency he once led. But that’s not the only conflict-of-interest question being raised by a BGA/NBC5 investigation.
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.
Mayor Emanuel’s pledge not to accept campaign cash from lobbyists is adhered to — for the most part. BGA review prompts some questionable donations to be returned.
After getting fired for allowing friends to bypass Midway Airport’s security checkpoint so they wouldn’t miss a flight, a city worker gets his taxpayer-funded job back, and now is making $84,000 a year with Chicago’s water department.
Add President Barack Obama to the list of current and former Illinois lawmakers who may have violated the lone rule of the controversial legislative scholarship program: that the recipient live within the awarding lawmaker’s district.