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James Robert Thompson

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  • $365,000 extra, and counting

    $365,000 extra, and counting
    When high-ranking University of Illinois administrator Craig Bazzani retired in 2002, the board of trustees praised him for his financial expertise, his efforts to modernize the university's operations and his knowledge of the state's political system....
  • Prosecutors focus on Cellini's connections

    Prosecutors focus on Cellini's connections
    Prosecutors stepped back in time Thursday at the federal trial of William Cellini to show how they believe the political insider for years cozied up to Illinois governors and wielded influence with key decision-makers in state government. During the...
  • White Sox restaurant, Bacardi at the Park, is paid for with millions of public funding without return on investment

    White Sox restaurant, Bacardi at the Park, is paid for with millions of public funding without return on investment
    With the White Sox losing more than they won last season, a new restaurant across the street from U.S. Cellular Field gave fans a place where they could drink away their sorrows. But Bacardi at the Park was not brought to the north side of 35th Street by...
  • Cellini's path to power and wealth

    Cellini and politicians William Cellini was a boy wonder of sorts who was elected Springfield's commissioner of streets and public improvements at age 28. He was appointed to Gov. Richard Ogilvie's cabinet by showing a strong ability to be flexible in...
  • Insider Cellini convicted on corruption charges

    Insider Cellini convicted on corruption charges
    William Cellini, Illinois' ultimate political insider who for more than four decades worked quietly behind the scenes to amass wealth and power, was convicted Tuesday for joining an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access. A...
  • One-day rehiring nets former Chicago labor leader a $158,000 city pension

    One-day rehiring nets former Chicago labor leader a $158,000 city pension
    Most city workers spend decades in public service to build up modest pensions. But for former labor leader Dennis Gannon, the keys to securing a public pension were one day on the city payroll and some help from the Daley administration. And his city...
  • Jo Nesbo could be poised for a breakthrough

    Jo Nesbo could be poised for a breakthrough
    His friends knew he had a way with words. So when some filmmakers acquainted with Jo Nesbo asked the Norwegian crime writer to suggest a title for their upcoming horror movie, he tried to oblige. After musing on the story — friends go on a...
  • Chicago taxpayers helped pay for work at U.S. Cellular Field, Soldier Field

    Chicago taxpayers helped pay for work at U.S. Cellular Field, Soldier Field
    After hotel tax figures came in this year, the city of Chicago for the first time had to pitch in extra money to help pay off renovations and maintenance to Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. When the stadium’s owner, the...
  • Quinn's choice to run Illinois Sports Facilities Authority filed for bankruptcy in '09

    Quinn's choice to run Illinois Sports Facilities Authority filed for bankruptcy in '09
    Gov. Pat Quinn's choice to run the state agency that oversees the financial operations of U.S. Cellular Field filed for bankruptcy three years ago after racking up $102,500 in debt, mainly from credit cards, court records show. The revelation follows...
  • Plain text: George Ryan's deposition

     
    I'm not a fan of .pdf files for many things, so, once again, I've taken a .pdf in the news -- The deposition upon oral examination of George Ryan -- and cut and pasted the plain text. This always results......
  • Lura Lynn Ryan hospitalized in 'grave' condition

    Lura Lynn Ryan hospitalized in 'grave' condition
    The wife of imprisoned former Governor George Ryan has been in the hospital since Friday and is in "grave" condition, according to Ryan's lawyer. Lura Lynn Ryan, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is in Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee...