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Tim Novak is an investigative reporter exposing government corruption in the state of Illinois, Cook County and the city of Chicago. His stories include a four-year investigation into a homicide that led to the appointment of a special prosecutor, resulting in Mayor Daley's nephew pleading guilty to manslaughter in 2014. A six-month investigation in 2004 brought down Daley's Hired Truck program, in which city agencies spent $40 million on private trucking companies owned by mobsters and politically connected insiders that were often paid to do nothing. The ensuing federal investigation ended with the indictments of 49 people, including 29 city employees.

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4 involved in failed Broadway Bank backing Alexi Giannoulias’ run for secretary of state

His political career was derailed by the collapse of his family’s bank. Now, he’s taken campaign money from four officials who ran the bank whose shutdown cost the FDIC $383 million.

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City clerk running for secretary of state got 2 contributions from trucking exec linked to government mole

Anna Valencia says she has no ‘personal connection to William Pacella or his company. . . . Given that Mr. Pacella has been a supporter of Democratic campaigns in the past, he was a part of our early donor outreach efforts.’

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Millennium Park gets food, beverage makeover; clout-heavy Park Grill will reopen with new name

City Hall picks Eleven North Hospitality as Millennium Park’s concessionaire, with renovations already underway at the 140-seat restaurant behind the skating rink.

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Kaegi is giving tax breaks to vets on pricey homes even though they don’t qualify

So some get big tax breaks despite being ineligible. The Cook County assessor says he’s following the policy on the disabled vets property tax exemption his predecessor set.

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You pay more in property taxes because 27,288 Cook County homeowners pay nothing

As disabled vets, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former Ald. James Balcer are among those with tax bills of $0. Income isn’t a factor in getting the tax break for disabled vets. In some states, it is.

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Chicago banker, lawyer who served 5 governors rejected for state gambling license

The Illinois Gaming Board rejected former Illinois Tollway board member James J. Banks for the coveted license, saying his ‘business and social associations . . . would discredit or tend to discredit the Illinois gaming industry.’

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Chicago teams are betting on a Daley to win City Hall OK for ‘sports book’ wagering at arenas

Cook County Commissioner John Daley’s son is lobbying the Chicago City Council to approve sports betting at or near Sox park, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and the United Center.

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Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson used same accounting firm that cleared Bridgeport bank before it failed

Defense attorneys in the alderman’s criminal case point to mistakes by the bank, the Bansley & Kiener accounting firm and even Thompson himself, writing that, "Mr. Thompson’s lack of organization and lack of attention to the details of his personal financial affairs are central to his defense."

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Donald Trump gets a $300,000 tax break on Trump Tower after Fritz Kaegi slashes assessment

The former president got the property taxes on Trump International Hotel & Tower this year after Kaegi agreed the skyscraper’s vacant retail space makes it less valuable.

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10 ‘senior tax freeze’ homeowners will have to pay $273,000 more this year in the wake of Sun-Times investigation

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has slashed their property tax breaks and is going after seven of them for $371,000 in back taxes he says they should have paid.