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  • Daily Herald: Illinois tollway series

    The Illinois tollway, governed by a nonelected board of political appointees, is the only option to get around the Chicago region for millions of drivers who spend $1.3 billion annually to use the system. While hardworking customers paid tolls, tollway executives and board directors were quietly hiring political insiders for high-paying jobs, handing lucrative contracts to firms where their relatives worked, and weakening bylaws to water down the tollway board’s conflict-of-interest rules. As the Daily Herald exposed nepotism, patronage and excessive spending at the tollway, the agency’s leaders fought back. Tactics included denying FOIAs, concealing information and accusing the newspaper of harassment. The Daily Herald’s investigation caught the attention of other media, two governors and state lawmakers who ultimately fired the tollway board of directors in early 2019. Legislators credited the Herald’s investigative series with alerting the public about what Gov. J.B. Pritzker referred to “unethical behavior.”
  • Seeing Red: A Daily Herald Investigation of Red-Light Cameras

    This series observes red-light cameras and if they are improving safety or becoming money makers for the government. The series took a closer look at who gets tickets and why, where the revenue goes, how the locations for the cameras are chosen, how to appeal the tickets received, and if they have improved safety conditions. One of the major findings is these cameras are not being installed at intersections with a high accident rates, instead being placed in high traffic areas.
  • Pros or Cons

    A joint investigation by the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and WMAQ-TV in Chicago revealed "a ring of telemarketers who illegally solicit donations from private citizens for police officers and fire fighters. (The) stories found an organized ring of convicted criminals working at three telemarketing companies hired by police, fire and other charitable groups. State law bans ex-cons from working as telemarketers, yet we found that among those seeking contributions locally were people convicted of check theft, credit card theft, armed robbery and drug crimes."
  • Pros or Cons?

    WMAQ, in a joint project with the Daily Herald, investigates a secret ring of convicted felons who work at telemarketing companies and solicit funds for injured police officers and fire fighters. The report revealed that the criminals deceived people in donating money and then kept most of the donations. The investigation resulted in Illinois' Attorney General suing three telemarketing companies, their owners and the workers with criminal past. The reporters obtained many of the documents for the story by digging through the garbage of the telemarketing companies. The file includes transcript and clips from the investigation in the Daily Herald.
  • The suburbs hidden scourge

    The Daily Herald examines the quiet infiltration of heroin and "club drugs" into Chicago's western and northwestern suburbs. Their investigation found that heroin and club drugs such as ecstasy and meth were responsible for the deaths of 13 suburban teens and young adults. Parents in many of the communities were unable to spot the drug usage before it was too late; while authorities are unable to stop the flow of drugs into the suburbs because the source of many of the drugs is unknown. The series deals with how teens and young adults by and get hooked on drugs as well as the effect it has on their families. The reporters also look into the efforts being made at stopping the drug influx and how teens are rehabilitated.
  • Driving drunk again and again

    The Daily Herald investigates the state of Illinois chronic problem with repeat drunk drivers. In the first part of the four-part series, the Daily Herald quantifies the problem and examines the state's lax enforcement of drunk driving laws. In part two, the Daily Herald interviews Illinois worst offender -- a man with 17 Illinois DUI convictions and 5 Wisconsin convictions. In part three, the Daily Herald debates "what's ethical for the lawyers who defend chronic drunken drivers." In part four, the Daily Herald interviews the loved ones of poeple killed by drunken drivers. This files also contains eight major follow-up reports.
  • Holes in the emergency net

    The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that "Illinois residents have no reliable storehouse to use to determine whether their emergency workers are getting to them quickly enough. An examination of 1997 and 1998 data from more than 200 departments in northern Illinois found many of the average response times on record with the state fire marshal are inaccurate. Comparison checking is impossible and checking with a department directly is not easy. Several would not provide the Daily Herald with the requested average response times data or did not acknowledge a Freedom of Information Act request."
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    The Daily Herald takes readers inside Japanese classrooms, where a group of surburban Chicago teachers who visited were surprised not to find high-tech, computer-rich schools. Instead, the teachers saw peeling paint, crowded classrooms and sparse playgrounds. But as readers learn in the series, the teachers also found a country with a national government committed to supporting education, motivated students and teachers willing to play multiple leadership roles. U.S. and Japanese education systems are compared and contrasted. (Nov. 26 - 30, 1995)
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    A metra commuter train slammed into the back of a school bus in Fox River Grove Illinois, killing seven teens. The Daily Herald's three-part series finds that the lives of those seven children could have been spared, and makes clear how future accidents might be averted. (Dec. 28 - 30, 1995)
  • Casino political clout soars

    The Daily Herald investigation on state political contributions from gambling interests was the first in-depth look into how much the four-year - old Illinois' riverboat casino industry was funneling into state government. The report also was the first major piece to examine the political spending habits of Richard Duchossois, perhaps the single-most influential Republican contributor in state government. (Oct 17 - 19, 1995)