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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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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.

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More Ed Burke case fallout: Lawyer accused of bribing alderman for sign is being foreclosed on

A new lawsuit accuses attorney Charles Cui of failing to make mortgage payments since shortly after he was indicted. The building is now in foreclosure.

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Ald. Walter Burnett, wife wrongly claimed 2 homeowner tax exemptions for 8 years

Only 1 of the tax breaks, which is for someone’s primary residence, is allowed. Asked about that, the alderman wrote a check. It covers 4 years. That’s all the county can make him pay.

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State orders $1 million tax refund for Trump, county moves to block it

If Trump ends up with the tax refund, it would come out of taxes due to the city of Chicago and eight other government agencies; Chicago Public Schools stand to lose the biggest chunk of money — about $540,000.

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Attorney at center of Bridgeport bank case has long ties to City Hall, powerful players

Robert M. Kowalski is accused of embezzling at least $31 million from Washington Federal Bank for Savings, which operated in the Daley family political fiefdom for generations.

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A short war: Foxx ends Yarbrough-Kaegi fight that threatened to delay Cook County tax bills

Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough had delayed doing the calculations on taxes, citing a Sun-Times report on errors with ‘senior freeze’ assessments. Bills will be due Oct. 1.

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‘Senior freeze’ tax errors exposed by Sun-Times could delay property tax bills

Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough tells county Assessor Fritz Kaegi she won’t calculate tax rates till he fixes ‘major errors.’ Kaegi says she doesn’t have that authority.

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CPS fires company that leased school lots for paid Cubs parking for not paying its bills

Parking operator Premium 1 also was in arrears to the city, repeatedly having been cited for violations — including for not being licensed to use the school lots.

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Kitchen cabinets, sump pumps were kickbacks, says indictment charging Ald. Carrie Austin with bribery

She’s now one of three sitting members of the Chicago City Council under federal indictment, along with Edward M. Burke and Patrick Daley Thompson.