Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "construction" ...

  • City Hall's Sway over Bridgeport Development

    "Allegations that Mayor Richard Daley's friends controlled development in the mayor's native Bridgeport on Chicago's South Side have swirled below the surface for ears. The reporters pierced that veil of secrecy and provided a rare look into how the politically connected benefited from the city's building book at the expense of homeowners and taxpayers." The reporters looked into how insider dealing and lax regulations lead to poor construction jobs and how many people benefit from their personal connections in the Mayor's office.
  • Desert Dealer

    If the State Land Dept. had run a background check on land developer Jim Rhodes, it would have found that he had admitted illegally using funds to aid politicains, along with his connections to corrupt Nevada officials. He purchased 1,000 acres of state trust land and the right to master plan an additional 6,700 acres. Rhodes has been successfully sued for fraud, self dealing and theft, among other offenses.
  • A risky game

    "Arizona State University performed emergency repairs to its Sun Devil Stadium to repair rusting beams that posed serious risks to fans. Crews worked 24 hours a day on a first round of repairs while the university did not disclose the risk to the public." The damage was not caused by the fans who spilled their drinks, but because the university had not waterproofed the stadium correctly.
  • When it Comes to Cooper's Proposed Restaurant, Questions Abound

    "A high-profile, controversial strip club mogul is pressing forward with construction of what he insists will be an Italian restaurant in a family-oriented Memphis suburb. Details surrounding the development- and about the man himself and his past dealings- suggest otherwise."
  • The Highwaymen

    This investigation explores a recent trend: auctioning the maintenance of public highways and bridges to private companies. The article shows how privatization benefits the companies far more than the public. Private road operators charge high tolls and insist on non-compete clauses, so the government can't build other roads in the area.
  • Does State Fund Control Contractor Pure Premium?; Pure Premium Decision Reveals Doubts About SCIF Expenses

    State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) us a quasi-governmental provider of worker's compensation insurance and has been found to not be fairly competing with private insurance companies. The SCIF controls enough of the market to have an effect on the pure premium rates. Also, State Fund affects how much personal and business consumers end up paying in construction costs.
  • Desert Dealer

    "Las Vegas homebuilder Jim Rhodes became the most influential developer in the East Valley when he bought more than 1,000 acres of state trust land, and the right to master plan an additional 6,700 acres. The State Land Department made no attempt to check his background before selling the land and planning rights, which will set the tone for 275 squares miles of trust land in the area. Had they checked, Land Department officials would have found that Rhodes has admitted illegally using his money to aid powerful politicians, and had close ties to corrupt public officials in Nevada. He also has repeatedly and successfully been sued for fraud, self dealing and theft; and has a long history of complaints for shoddy construction."
  • Mississippi Developers' Pasat Includes Fraud

    After Hurricane Katrina hit Hancock County, Mississippi, a massive reconstruction project was planned to restore resorts, condominiums and a casino. The developers Paradise Properties of Florida vowed to spend $5 billion to help in the effort, an amount which is worth more than the real estate in Hancock County before the hurricane. But members of the firm have been accused of multi-million dollar internet scams.
  • One Small Lot, One Big Mess

    Long Island development group Utopia Studios, Ltd. "proposed a major development for the southeastern Connecticut region," with their takeover of "one of the most vital pieces of property in the region" approved by Preston, Connecticut voters. Utopia promised "a $1.6 billion project with theme parks and movie studios and 22,000 new jobs" and thus gained a lot of political support. But the Day "discovered that the principle Utopia developer, Joseph Gentile, had been sued in conjunction with a condominium project in New York City." Reporter Paul Choiniere investigated further, and found that Gentile's dealings on that property were questionable.
  • Lethal and Leaking

    In Hanford, WA millions of gallons of nuclear waste have been stored underground. The Department of Energy has been working to clean up the site since the early 1990s. However due to engineering miscalculations, the development of a treatment plant is behind schedule. Errors such as defective equipment and other mistakes that risk the safety of the plant have forced the price of the clean up to triple.