Robert Herguth

Watchdogs reporter

Robert Herguth is an investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, part of the Watchdogs team. He focuses on an array of subjects, including police corruption, organized crime and government accountability, as well as religion. He also helps oversee some digital and feature projects.

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch has been a major recipient of the company’s giving, campaign-finance records show.
Newly obtained records show the FBI was investigating longtime Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase in 1979 and again in 1996 before embarking on the corruption probe in the early 2000s that led to a conviction and a prison stint.
The Oak Park Democrat continues to accept campaign money from Johnson & Johnson, 1 of 4 companies paying $26 billion to settle suits accusing them of fueling the crisis. He’s not the only Illinois official doing so.
Rev. Luis Andrade, originally ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Ecuador, recently moved on to be a priest in a small, independent Catholic denomination.
ShawnTe Raines-Welch topped three opponents in the Democratic primary race for judge in a suburban judicial district. A candidate tied to Welch’s predecessor, ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, didn’t fare as well.
“I just got off the phone with Sean and congratulated him on winning this race,” Newman told supporters. “I know some people will not like it, but we need to unite.”
Thomas Maillard, running in the June 28 primary for a legislative seat in Lake County, used to work for a video gaming company run by ex-state Sen. Michael Bond.
Also among those who’ve helped his campaign in the contested June 28 Democratic primary: a lawyer who was a campaign fundraiser for ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
She didn’t immediately call police after an 18-year-old told her he’d been molested by Richard Kearney, according to a just-settled lawsuit that also says Bishop Frank Griswold’s office ignored other suspicions about the predator priest.