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    Chicago Sun-Times investigation of the Chicago Transit Authority finds corruption and favoritism in awarding contracts, operation of defective elevated trains, disregard for safety requirements, exorbitant spending on executives' travel and office furniture, patronage and nepotism abuses, July-December 1987.
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    Pittsburgh Press uncovers bribery, payroll abuses, patronage and bad management in Pittsburgh area's largest sanitary authority--the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, September 1986-October 1987.
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    Middlesex News (Framingham, Mass.) investigates the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, uncovering patronage, nepotism, exorbitant salaries, no-bid contracts, and plans to keep charging tolls although the road has already paid for itself, Feb. 22-27, 1987.
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    Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) checks public records of New York Off-Track Betting corporations and finds the system rife with political patronage, wasteful management and no-show jobs resulting in as much as $10 million a year in wasted taxes, Nov. 15 - 17, 1987.
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    Riverdale Press (Bronx, N.Y.) claims the local school board is run by political patronage, so that teachers and administrators who want promotions feel they must work in political campaigns, March 6, 1986.
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    Buffalo News series exposes conditions inside Buffalo youth prisons, finding guards, many with criminal records, get virtually no training; jobs were filled through political patronage; violence and assaults plagued youth inside, Oct. 5-22, 1986.
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    New York Newsday examines the 35-member New York City Council, giving brief profiles of each council member; shows the council has very little power and does very little beyond changing street names, yet it has a staff of nearly 400 and a $17 million budget; examines apparently frivolous expenditures and rampant patronage, March 26, 1989.
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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.
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    Asbury Park Press story on patronage in county government identifies officeholders, relatives and party workers whose political connections helped them get on the Monmouth County payroll, Oct. 25, 1984.
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    Times-Union (Albany) series studies patronage appointments to the Temporary State Commission on Real Property Tax; finds appointees got paid for little or no work and commission's work had never been audited by an outside agency, April 1984.