Tim Novak

Watchdogs Reporter

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.

The Democratic National Committee is using CTA offices near the United Center that are sublet from developer Scott Goodman, whose company has stiffed the CTA and Cook County for more than $2 million in rent and property taxes.
The Chicago Illusions building gets a tax break because it has two apartments — even though it appears those units are used as part of the business.
When Lori Lightfoot was mayor, her ally and campaign contributor Carmen Rossi was fined for violating lobbying rules. Under Chicago’s current mayor, he’s in line to get tens of millions in taxpayer-funded city deals.
Al dictar la sentencia, la jueza Virginia Kendall le dijo a Janice Weston: “Es muy preocupante. Tuviste unos momentos en los que sabías que era ilegal y pudiste irte”.
In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall told Janice Weston, “It’s very troubling. You have a few moments in time where you knew it was illegal and you could have left.”
A federal judge also fined George Kozdemba $25,000 for his role in an embezzlement scheme that led to the 2017 collapse of Washington Federal Bank for Savings.
Barbara Glusak, who was Washington Federal Bank for Savings’ chief financial officer, kept sounding the alarm about falsified loan records, court records show. But no one heeded the warning, allowing an embezzlement scheme to continue six more years.
If the White Sox succeed in getting the city and state to build them a new home on ‘The 78' site in the South Loop, this little-known Iraqi-British billionaire stands to profit.
One reason for the long-delayed payments for traffic control outside big events is the city takes so long to send a bill, according to Live Nation and others.