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            The Watchdogs

            Investigations of government, politicians, education, business and pocketbook issues affecting taxpayers and consumers.

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            Busted in Chicago suburbs, top aide to cartel boss ‘El Mencho’ wanted grenade launchers: prosecutors

            They say Luis Alderete, awaiting trial on federal drug charges, is part of the Jalisco New Generation cartel and wanted the weapons because ‘it’s wartime’ in Mexico.

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            Despite ‘Crimson Contagion’ pandemic drills, Chicago didn’t fill public health jobs

            That was a need identified by the emergency preparedness drills last year that imagined a pandemic spreading from China上海11选5走势图 to Chicago.

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            Chicago movie studio boss turned FBI mole eyes expansion — across from FBI offices

            It’s the 5th deal for government land that Cinespace studio head Alexander S. Pissios has sought since agreeing to work undercover against Teamsters boss John T. Coli Sr.

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            Consumer watchdog loses power to recover money for victims after accused scammer fights back in court — and wins

            The Federal Trade Commission has returned $1 billion to consumers over the years. Now the fraud-fighting agency is facing a legal obstacle in Chicago.

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            Small suburban park project draws big-time players swept up in federal corruption probe

            One contractor overseeing improvements to Summit’s Legion Park is believed to be a federal informant. Another was named in a search warrant.

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            Calls to state child abuse hotline dropped by nearly half amid coronavirus, but that’s not good news

            Child welfare officials fear teachers, social workers and counselors can’t see signs of abuse since children are out of school.

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            Attorney General Kwame Raoul gets price-gouging businesses to agree to stop or face $50,000 fine and shutdown

            One North Side store was selling single rolls of toilet paper for $4.99 each Sunday.

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            Deaths associated with children’s product recalls soared in 2019, report finds

            More work is needed to publicize unsafe products, Chicago group says.

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            Ex-Chicago cop’s son accused in Dolton triple shooting freed on bail over prosecutor’s protest

            Defense lawyer asked for lenient bail, noting Steven Bradley Jr., who has 2 prior gun convictions, wasn’t IDed as the shooter and that his father is a retired detective.

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            Feds have evidence of income-tax fraud in Bridgeport bank failure, sources say

            As authorities ready charges in the 2017 collapse of clout-heavy Washington Federal Bank for Savings, the bank that bought its deposits has seen an exodus of customers there.

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            Illinois Supreme Court takes step to cut long backlog of criminal appeals in Cook County

            After a Sun-Times report that delays mean some already are out of prison before winning their appeals, the high court has announced a pilot program to try to fix that.

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            Law limits union campaign gifts, but what if they give to allies who then give to their candidate?

            The timing and the amounts of contributions to union staffers running for office raises questions about whether they violate a state cap on labor union campaign giving.

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            Inside a gambling ring: a convicted bookie and his squad of government workers

            Besides Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher, brother of legendary Bear Brian Urlacher, those charged include a clerk in Cook County’s courts, a Chicago cop and a Wheeling maintenance worker.

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            You’ll pay more for gas, electric in Chicago with expected Peoples Gas, ComEd hikes

            The utilities are planning big capital spending that threatens to eat up any savings from current low energy prices.

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            Cook County official fires aide he gave sweet deal on Oak Lawn 上海11选5走势图 following Sun-Times questions

            Land Bank Authority boss sold his assistant a 上海11选5走势图 for less than developers offered. Then, she took a 上海11选5走势图stead exemption — her third. You’re allowed one. Now, she’s fired.

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            J.B. Pritzker has gotten 130 gifts since taking office, including a $950 bottle of Japanese whisky

            He didn’t keep the pricey bottle of Hibiki Blender’s Choice nor any of the rest of it, his staff says. Ex-Gov. Bruce Rauner logged 10 gifts in his first year in office.

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            Chicago Public Schools sue parking biz owned by Joe Berrios’ son-in-law for $366K

            James T. Weiss and his parking business stopped paying CPS last April for the right to park cars at 3 schools near Wrigley Field — but kept charging customers to park there anyway.

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            Running for Cook County judge (but not so anyone would know it)

            The practice of putting up sham candidates, running not to win but to confuse voters to benefit the Democratic Party’s pick, goes back decades in Cook County politics.

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            Madigan, Pritzker, Burke spent over $3M in campaign money on lawyers last year, and they’re not alone

            Illinois politicians paid $5.3 million in legal fees out of their political funds in 2019 for reasons including criminal investigations and litigation, records show.

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            Writing off more murder cases with no arrests boosted CPD’s big turnaround in homicide clearances

            The vaunted improvement in closing cases obscures an important fact: The number of murder cases in Chicago that result in an arrest has gone down, the Sun-Times found.

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            President’s Chicago tax appeal on Trump Tower is under investigation

            State inspector general, Pritzker administration are looking into allegation a Republican state agency head pressured staff to slash by $1M the $2.5M in property taxes Donald Trump paid in 2012.

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            Sen. Don Harmon: Don’t know why law firm’s records were seized in Martin Sandoval raid

            The new state Senate president says he ‘did not get along’ with the disgraced former senator. Harmon says Sandoval might have kept a file on him as a political opponent.

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            Justice delayed: It took two years to overturn his gun conviction. He’s still in prison a year later.

            The glacial pace of deciding appeals in Cook County criminal cases means some finish their prison terms, only to win an acquittal after they’re already free.

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            Judge candidate Anne Shaw had real estate license reprimanded over deceptive practices

            Her real estate firm targeted people who’d have a tough time getting an apartment and wouldn’t refund fees even if a client didn’t like it, a state investigation found.

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            Chicago Teachers Union Inc.: How the clout-heavy labor group spends its money

            We examined how the CTU uses its considerable financial muscle and found nearly $1.5 million from its dues-funded budget went to politics and lobbying over 15 months. And a union foundation cut back sharply on charitable giving.

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            The U.S. government knows some household items aren’t safe but won’t tell you. Here’s why.

            Consumer advocates and Rep. Bobby Rush are pushing to change a provision that helps manufacturers keep information about dangerous products from being made public.

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            CHA gave $76M deal to movie studio head’s group while he was an FBI mole

            Cinespace Chicago Film Studios president Alexander Pissios and his partners — The Habitat Co. and Mount Sinai Hospital — stand to share in $4 million-plus in fees on a deal Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Housing Authority appointees gave them.

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            $300,000 settlement to settle sexual harassment claim against retired Chicago cop

            A sexual misconduct lawsuit by Officer Kelly Hespe against retired Lt. Gerald Breimon lifted the veil on sordid allegations involving Breimon and others at the Shakespeare District.

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            ‘Windy City Rehab’ subcontractor sues show co-host Donovan Eckhardt, says he’s owed $109K

            Subcontractor from controversial Lincoln Square rehab is now suing for $108K allegedly owed for work on another project.

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            Buyers sue ‘Windy City Rehab’ stars for fraud, say $1.36M 上海11选5走势图 is plagued by problems

            A lawsuit filed by couple who bought Lincoln Square 上海11选5走势图 says the luxury rehab leaked the day after the sale closed —and then things got even worse.

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            Navy resolves “bureaucratic failures,” pays tuition for vets’ kids after Sun-Times investigation

            More than 40 military families found themselves on the hook for huge, unexpected bills for college they were promised would be covered by a government plan.

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            Chicago cops phonied up time of ‘first’ gun arrest of 2019, a case that made national news

            The police singled out Darrell Rhyme as last year’s first gun offender, a symbol of the city’s gun problems. But the charges were dropped. And an internal probe found officers falsified the time he was busted.