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THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago taxpayers have paid more than $6 million to private lawyers hired to fight three City Hall scandals that benefited family and friends of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. And the legal bills keep mounting. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:24:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clout contractor got $3.1M in CPS work after City Hall ban ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Two years ago, the city banned Windy City Electric Co. from getting any more business over allegations it fraudulently landed millions in contracts set aside for companies owned by women. But the ban didn’t keep the politically connected contractor from getting more than $3 million in new work from the Chicago Public Schools. ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:37:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge in Pakistan recommends former city comptroller be extradited ]]> Lead story image

Amer Ahmad was arrested in Lahore, Pakistan in late April with a fake Mexican passport, a forged Pakistani visa and thousands of dollars. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ How a white police attorney got a West Side judge seat ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: In 17 years on the board of the Jesse White Tumblers, attorney Robert Kuzas made some powerful allies in Chicago’s black community. Now, those friends have helped Kuzas secure a Cook County judgeship from a district created to help get more African-Americans elected to the bench. ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 02:17:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rauner’s sign biz thrives under Rahm City Hall's rules ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Nearly two dozen brightly lit signs barrage people from Bridgeport to Lake View with a 24/7 rotation of digital ads featuring attacks on Gov. Pat Quinn and praise for his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner, an owner of the business that got city approval to put up the signs. ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:06:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Troubled UNO asks former Emanuel aides for help ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: The clout-heavy United Neighborhood Organization — facing federal scrutiny and a power struggle that threatens its funding — has brought in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former communications director and two lawyers who helped keep Emanuel on the ballot in 2011. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:09:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ The Watchdogs: Big profits for Pritzkers, Daley pal Jack Higgins on costly Chicago FBI deal ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: When the government was seeking a new Chicago FBI headquarters, it gave the deal to Jack Higgins — a friend of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. Higgins brought in Penny Pritzker, who would go on to be a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama and is now his secretary of commerce. The $125 million FBI complex turned out to be a profitable venture for the Pritzker family and Higgins but not as good a deal for taxpayers. ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:04:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fioretti’s old campaign records ‘incomplete and disorganized’ ]]> Lead story image

DAN MIHALOPOULOS: As one of 50 aldermen, Bob Fioretti could rail against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and pretty much avoid intense scrutiny. Now, as the first potentially serious challenger to the mayor’s re-election, Fioretti also must account for the baggage he’s brought to the February 2015 election campaign. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:30:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Daley sought deal that went to developers who hired his nephew ]]>

THE WATCHDOGS: Former Mayor Richard M. Daley went after a government contract in Chicago, records show. But Daley’s Tur Partners was part of a group that withdrew from consideration for the deal to develop 9.5 acres of government land, leaving only two bidders. The winning bidder hired Daley nephew Patrick Daley Thompson. ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 06:03:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ald. Pope fires aide he hired after $99,000 sex harassment deal ]]> Lead story image

A WATCHDOGS FOLLOW-UP: Thomas J. Sadzak is out of a job with the city of Chicago — again — as the result of allegations leveled by a city worker who won a $99,000 settlement from City Hall after accusing Sadzak of sexually harassing her and threatening to rape her when she complained about him. The firing followed a report Monday in the Chicago Sun-Times detailing the case against Sadzak and reporting that Ald. John Pope (10th) had put Sadzak back on the city payroll even though he’d been placed on the city’s “do not hire” list. ]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gov OKs liquor sales at West Side grocery store owned by Ald. Edward Burke ally: A Watchdogs follow-up report ]]> Lead story image

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing Pete’s Fresh Market to continue selling beer, wine and spirits at its new West Side store, though a church next door to the grocery had objected to liquor sales there and urged him to veto the measure. Pete’s has made tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), a top Quinn supporter whose brother, state Rep. Daniel Burke, D-Chicago, pushed through an exemption allowing the Pete’s store to keep selling liquor. ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:32:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ UNO charter schools now target of IRS audit over bonds ]]> Lead story image

The United Neighborhood Organization’s charter-school network is facing possible new legal troubles, with an IRS audit of bonds issued for its Chicago schools. The Internal Revenue Service audit involves nearly $37 million in bonds issued in 2011 for the UNO Charter School Network Inc. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:25:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ald. Pope rehired worker who quit after harassment allegations ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Ald. John Pope (10th) hired a man who had quit his job at the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation; he was about to be fired over sexual harassment allegations leveled by a female laborer. The woman got a $99,000 settlement from the city. ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:02:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge rips defendants but dismisses 'cover-up' suit in Koschman case  ]]> Lead story image

A federal judge blasted the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office but dismissed a lawsuit that accused police, prosecutors and City Hall of an “official cover-up” to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko from being charged in the death of David Koschman. ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:16:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lewis’ first donor: head of agency that gives grants to CPS teachers ]]> Lead story image

The head of a not-for-profit organization that awards grants to Chicago public school teachers is the first contributor to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ potential mayoral campaign. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:33:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPS scraps South Side campus plan for controversial charter school operator ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Public Schools officials are not allowing a beleaguered charter school operator to open a planned South Side campus next month, a CPS source has confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:25:03 -0500