Lauren FitzPatrick

Watchdogs reporter

Lauren FitzPatrick is an investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Between February and August, the executive assistant appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker accounted for $240,761.30 in billings — double the salary of her boss.
Se descubrió que los 14 mintieron en sus solicitudes de préstamos PPP de ser trabajadores independientes y algunos inventaron negocios falsos.
Chief Operating Officer Crystal Cooper was one of 14 school staffers caught in Inspector General Will Fletcher’s investigation of COVID-19 relief loans.
Three top officials at IEMA, the state agency tasked with responding to disasters across the state including the COVID pandemic and a record number of tornadoes this year, were pushed out late last month.
All but 24 of 2,048 votes by school board members the former mayor appointed were unanimously approved — a 99% passage rate with 98% unanimity, the Sun-Times found.
A Cook County judge sided largely with Weiss and his partner in a parking company in ruling Friday that they owe far less money than CPS was seeking in a suit over paid parking on Chicago school lots.
Mayor Brandon Johnson says he opposes closing schools and our investigation shows they didn’t help students or communities. We explore the alternatives.
A Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ investigation found school officials failed to protect these welcoming schools and the $155 million invested in them.
A Sun-Times and WBEZ analysis shows the 2013 school closings “didn’t do anything to fix all the structural inequalities that are leading to lower outcomes in the first place.”