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  • Hosed!

    “Hosed” was an investigation on a controversial water services contract proposed between the City of St. Louis and the multinational French corporation Veolia. There were several concerns here, especially given that the deal was done very quietly. The first concern was that the contract was gained through political cronyism, second that the main goal of the contract was a secret plan to privatize city water, and third that as a result of the contract, the city water division would be slashed to bare bones both in terms of staff and safety standards. The latter concern was raised based on the reputation of Veolia in other markets.
  • Public Payroll, Family Affairs: Aldermen Keep It Relative

    "A six-month investigation of payroll records and hiring practices revealed that at least six of Chicago's 50 City Council members employed relatives on their publicly funded ward staffs."
  • Low Rates Cost E.M. $2 million

    "East Moline, Ill. lost out on more than $2 million over eight years by not charging other municipalities the water and sewer rates approved by aldermen. The city undercharged the municipalities it serves for sewage treatment, and overcharged them for water usage."
  • The Rise and Decline of Dan Weeks: Did the New Haven political machine steal democracy from the citizens of Ward 1?

    The author explores a particularly contentious election for the New Haven Board of Aldermen. Krieger explains how the New Haven mayor's office tried to manipulate the election, and how the student population was affected.
  • Corruption in Chicago's City Hall

    In 1997, the Sun-Times investigated corruption in Chicago's City Hall. Politicians Patrick Huels and Edward Burke are now under investigation by county and federal grand juries for possible ethics violations.
  • Problems Cited for District Plan

    This story file contains multiple articles about New York City's attempt to redistrict before the 1991 City Council elections. The new districts were supposed to allow for more minority representation, but Hispanic residents felt like the changes put them at a disadvantage. The article explores these complaints and finds them to be valid. Eventually the U.S. Justice Department declared the redistricting to be illegal. These articles cover all aspects of the issue and follow the dispute all the way to Washington.
  • Eliminating The Competition

    The Chicago Reporter reveals how Chicago alderman have long used nominating petition challengest to remove political opponents in the months prior to aldermanic elections. More than half of those who filed to oppose incumbent aldermen were removed from the ballot via challenges to their nominating positions, the story discovers. This practice, being used most heavily in predominantly black areas
  • King Richard's buried treasure

    The Tribune analyzed a randomly selected Chicago City Council meeting, the Feb. 7 session. Reporters researched every agenda item and found big kickbacks for the mayor's chums and favors for aldermen's constitutents are routinely passed without discussion, sometimes even without foreknowledge on the part of most aldermen,
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    Chicago Sun-Times series shows how Chicago aldermen spend city money to maintain personal staffs that often include family members and friends, Dec. 19 - 20, 1984.