Doubek: How Solid Local Journalism Delivered in Chicago and Illinois in 2017

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It’s that time of year when we’re thinking about gifts: what we gave, what we got, what we wished we had. Allow me a few minutes to tell you about some truly incredible gifts you got this year that you might not have realized you were given.

Some nuclear reactors in Illinois are leaking radioactive water, warnings are being ignored, and there are threats of flooding and backup-power problems at nuclear power plants that are being ignored by government safety regulators.

City Colleges of Chicago officials are baking their graduation rates and awarding diplomas through watered-down curriculum or by retroactively awarding them to people who didn’t know they got the degrees or who didn’t want them.

Read the rest at the Chicago Sun-Times.