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  • 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...
  • Naperville lawyer gets 3-1/2 years for defrauding partners

    Naperville lawyer gets 3-1/2 years for defrauding partners
    A Naperville lawyer accused of defrauding his law partners out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for a lavish lifestyle was sentenced Monday to 42 months in prison. Steven D. Gustafson, 47, had been found guilty on four counts of forgery,...
  • Union bosses love taxpayers' wallets

    Union bosses love taxpayers' wallets
    What if lawmakers passed a bill that allowed two dozen hand-picked political insiders to fan out across the state and walk up to you and demand your cash? Not ask but demand. Got a problem? There is no passion in the demand, no anger, no urgency....
  • 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...
  • 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 found guilty of conspiracy, bribery

    Cellini found guilty of conspiracy, bribery
    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...
  • 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...
  • $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....
  • Whodunit? Otto Penzler, no doubt

    Whodunit? Otto Penzler, no doubt
    NEW YORK — For someone steeped in murder, grift and shady characters, Otto Penzler is remarkably cheerful. "I'm the happiest person you know. I am an optimist, I'm happy, I love life, I love friends, I love my job," he says in his book-lined...
  • Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in 'Los Angeles in the 1930s'

    Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in  'Los Angeles in the 1930s'
    Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...