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The four-day series detailed the controversial origins of the Knox County Sheriff's Office Pension Plan -- called the Uniformed Officers Pension Plan, UOPP -- and the ramifications its approval had on county finances. The series looked at how the plan was sold to the public on lies and bad information.
This investigation found that Cook County Commissioners say they have little power as individuals, and have no defined, specific responsibilities. Many say most of the items that come before them are routine "housekeeping" matters. The board passed every one of the thousands of items that came before it in the last three years, and lobbying and back-room compromises often took the place of open debate and negotiation. The commissioners also defend practices of county leaders hiring friends and political associates.
Although orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert Citron's supporters have intimated that he probably earned an extra $2.02 billion for the county during his 22 - year tenure--an amount that would equal the portfolio's spectacular loss this year--a Los Angeles Times analysis of his track record shows that he actually netted the county's 187 investors at best about a third of that sum. (Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 6, June 5, 10, 1995)