THE WATCHDOGS: Besides $4M settlement with family of student who drowned in school pool, CPS pays $116K to teacher who says he was whistleblower.
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THE WATCHDOGS: “I trusted these people,” grieving mom says. “I trusted, and they failed me. They failed my son.”
A judge bars publishing details from internal records CPS released on the drowning death of a 14-year-old boy at a SW Side high school pool in 2017.
THE WATCHDOGS: Secretary of state’s charity pledged $10 million for Chicago park center in his name but paid just $650,000 after taxpayer bailout.
Environmental activist group finds toxic threats in Chicago are greatest in minority neighborhoods near industrial areas.
The Emanuel administration has allowed Waste Management to divert tons of plastics and paper from residences to landfills it owns, costing taxpayers.
THE WATCHDOGS: Martin Cabrera Jr. helped broker $3.6 million in city grants to The Federal Savings Bank run by Stephen M. Calk, bank lent him $700K.
WATCHDOGS FOLLOW-UP REPORT: The Chicago Board of Education is set to beef up pool safety after an autistic 14-year-old boy’s drowning last year.
A leader of a prominent African-American group in Illinois says too much Volkswagen settlement money is going toward the wrong projects.
Critics say the state is keeping the public in the dark and trying to speed a process that they fear may ultimately benefit corporate interests.
Due to the terms of the loan and subsequent court actions, Rush is personally liable for the entire judgment.
THE WATCHDOGS: How did a 14-year-old boy with autism slip unnoticed by six CPS staffers into a school pool and drown? A Sun-Times-BGA investigation.
Gildardo Sierra quit as a Chicago cop after shootings led to a federal investigation, costly lawsuits — then got hired by suburban park police force.