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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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Bridgeport bank president had worker falsely make it look like Patrick Daley Thompson made loan payments: plea

That worker, Alicia Mandujano, has become the first person to plead guilty as a result of the massive investigation that has swirled for years since the failure of Washington Federal Bank for Savings and the death of its president, John Gembara, both in 2017.

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Indicted in Bridgeport bank failure case, William M. Mahon is out at Streets and San

He stayed on at City Hall for a month after being charged. His boss Cole Stallard got a mortgage from Washington Federal Bank for Savings while Mahon was on the bank board.

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Cook County assessor gave tax breaks to dead mobster — for 6 years

Other homeowners were given disabled veteran tax breaks — which could erase their property tax bills for life — even though they didn’t apply and weren’t vets, the Sun-Times found.

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A top Streets and San official with deep Daley ties indicted in Bridgeport bank failure case

William M. Mahon, who was once suspended for helping rig city job applicants’ test scores, now faces charges over his role as a Washington Federal Bank for Savings board member.

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Studio head who helped bring down Teamsters boss tied to illegal gambling ring

Already linked to two big federal cases, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios’ Alex Pissios also owed money to Vincent DelGiudice, who’s pleaded guilty to running a gambling ring with ties to a mob-connected bookie.

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Indicted alderman taps clout contractor on city-financed Bridgeport project as a character witness

Patrick Daley Thompson’s friend Michael Meagher is president of McHugh Construction, which is restoring the old Ramova Theatre with City Hall’s financial backing.

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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.