As part of a corruption probe lasting years, the longtime house speaker is charged with a conspiracy to use his vast power atop Illinois government to enrich himself, his law firm and his vast political patronage army.
The $45 billion statewide capital plan includes $4 billion in pet projects added by a handful of the state’s most powerful politicians, including the former speaker.
Government agencies continue to violate public records laws at high frequency despite 2009 changes intended to curb abuses.
We realized many seniors living in Chicago public housing might not ever see our story about the failing elevators in their buildings. So we brought the story to them.