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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Well, this is garbage: Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has detailed a decade of improper and illegal clout-fueled clean-up by the Department of Streets and Sanitation costing taxpayers nearly $6.6 million... Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

IG Audit Finds Chicago Police Underreported Assaults

A new report from Chicago's Inspector General claims "significant" reporting errors led to city police undercounting some assault-related crimes in 2012. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Correction: City Did Respond to FOIA

Correction: City Did Respond to FOIA

Ward Room owes Chicago's Board of Ethics an apology. We messed up. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 6:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Who's Watching Who Is Giving the Aldermen Money?

Who's Watching Who Is Giving the Aldermen Money?

Here’s a simple question for Mayor Rahm Emanuel or anyone who cares about good government in Chicago: Is anybody in City Hall reviewing or acting on aldermanic campaign finance disclosure violations right now? Read »

Monday, Dec 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Hiring Decisions Undercut Legislative IG's Mission

Opinion: Hiring Decisions Undercut Legislative IG's Mission

IG Kahn’s recent missteps are painful for those interested in transparency and ethics reform in City Council. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 6:37 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson Reappointed: Report

Joe Ferguson likely will remain Chicago's inspector general, at least for now. Ferguson will be re-appointed for another four-year term, but the Chicago Sun-Times reports he is expected to step down after... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Moore Makes It Worse By Attacking Accuser

Joe Moore Makes It Worse By Attacking Accuser

Ald. Joe Moore didn't need to call the ex-employee accusing him of ethics "disgruntled" in order to salvage his own reputation. Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM
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By Phil Rogers and Alexandria Fisher

Alderman Admits to Alleged Political Activity

In a letter to his constituents, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) admitted to political activity in his office after a former employee alleged she was fired four years ago for raising questions about continuing... Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Top 10 Most Ticketed Red-Light Camera Intersections

As part of an Inspector General report looking into the reasons behind Chicago's placement of red-light cameras, the number of tickets was noted per intersection for 2012. According to the report, the red-light... Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Report Questions Chicago's Red-Light Program

A new report from Chicago's inspector general finds safety might not be the city's main goal for where it chooses to locate red light cameras. In some cases, the report finds, it's not clear why some spots were... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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