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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[ Quinn weatherization, jobs program falling short of goals ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Illinois legislators created the Urban Weatherization Initiative in 2009, promising that as much as $425 million in taxpayer money would go to train workers in predominantly African-American neighborhoods to identify and fix energy-efficiency problems in homes. Five years later, the program has fallen far short of its goals, records and interviews show. ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:15:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Madigan’s machine: How government workers help speaker keep grip on state ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: A Chicago Sun-Times examination of campaign-finance records, hiring records, nominating petitions and formerly secret “clout lists” offers a peek inside the political machine that’s made Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan a power beyond Springfield and his Southwest Side base. ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:34:07 -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. ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:21:35 -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[ 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[ 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[ Key CPD lieutenant had secret meeting with Koschman detective ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: As the Chicago Police Department began re-investigating a homicide involving a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley, a high-ranking cop met secretly with the retired detective who hadn't solved the case seven years earlier, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. The meeting was in January 2011 — the same month the original police file on the David Koschman case was reported missing. ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:44:24 -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 <![CDATA[ Nearly $1 million from charters went to firms identified in FBI probe ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Contractors facing scrutiny in an ongoing investigation of Concept Schools have been paid nearly $1 million over the past three years for work at three Chicago Public Schools-funded campuses run by the charter operator, records show. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:09:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Watchdogs: 3 homes, over $200K in pay for CTU boss Lewis, who may challenge ‘Mayor 1%’ ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago Teachers Union boss and potential mayoral challenger Karen Lewis, who has railed against the influence of the wealthy and called Mayor Rahm Emanuel “Mayor 1%,” has three homes, including a condo in Hawaii, and is paid more than $200,000 a year in union salaries, records show. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:04:33 -0500