A Political Crime Spree

Number 24015
Subject Government
Source Chicago Tribune
State IL
Year 2008
Publication Date 04/27/2008 - 12/31/2008
Summary Reporters worked for years to expose the corruption within the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who rode into office on promises of reform and transparency. Tribune stories unraveled the complex inner workings of the governor and his closest advisers, showing how they rewarded friends and political contributors with state work, how people who did business with the governor's wife got benefits from state government and how politics infiltrated law enforcement and regulatory agencies. These stories helped lay the foundation for a massive federal investigation that eventually led to the governor's arrest.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 86
Keywords Blagojevich; government investigation; FOIA; search warrants; fraud; ethics legislation; Chicago governor arrested; shoe-leather reporting; administrative cover up;
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