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  • The Lost Bank

    "The Lost Bank" deals with the issue of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and how the bank failed to prevent an economic recession.
  • Suburban Pension Peril

    Police and fire retirement plans in suburban Chicago are woefully underfunded by more than $3 billion, an investigation by the Better Government Association found. Not only is this bad news for pension plan members but it also puts taxpayers on the hook for potential bailouts. In a follow-up piece, we analyze the prospects for municipal bankruptcies brought on by the funding shortfalls.
  • "House of Cards"

    In this investigation, CNBC takes a look at the beginnings of the "global economic collapse." After 9/11, the U.S. government "dropped interest rates" in an attempt to breathe new life into the economy. The investigation reveals how Wall Street took on unstable mortgages to "re-package it and sell it to investors." This story includes personal accounts from home buyers, mortgage brokers, bankers and more.
  • The Debacle that Buried Washington

    The savings and loan scandal had some lasting impact in the late 90s. In 1996, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government had betrayed investors by changing the rules of the bailouts at the height of the crisis. The cost of that decision was to be decided by lower Federal courts and it could be as much as $50 billion.
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    Dallas Times Herald makes extensive use of banking records to disclose former Texas Gov. John Connally left taxpayers an $80 million tab when he filed for bankruptcy July 1987, the result of bad loans from thrifts and banks that failed and required government bailouts, including Charles Keating's Lincoln S&L; Connally purchased $600,000 condo; finds Keating once was fundraiser for Connally's presidential bid, Dec. 16 - 17, 1990.
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    Dallas Morning News uncovers a previously secret Dallas HUD plan to make $5 million in low-interest loans to slum lords; using HUD and Inspector General reports, the reporter also found rent subsidy violations and hidden loan bailouts, April 30 - May 1, 1989.