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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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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.

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‘Senior freeze’ tax program riddled with errors, lax oversight, Sun-Times finds

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi admits his office made numerous errors managing a program that shifted $250 million last year in taxes from eligible seniors onto everyone else.

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Dead CEO of failed Bridgeport bank worried over his safety, sister told feds

In a sealed deposition, Janice Gembara Weston said John Gembara began bringing Marek Matczuk to the bank’s annual board meeting after the ouster of a board member.

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Feds say Patrick Daley Thompson lied, claimed he made payments on loans from failed Bridgeport bank

The new revelation came after Thompson’s defense attorney, Chris Gair, again blasted the feds’ prosecution of Thompson and pushed for a trial as soon as this fall.

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Bridgeport bank failure a big headache for 2 prominent Chicagoans

Police consent decree monitor Maggie Hickey and chef Kevin Hickey are dealing with their late father’s losses from Washington Federal Bank for Savings’s shutdown.

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CPS leasing school lots to a company that hasn’t paid its bills to City Hall for 3 years

The school system replaced a parking operator who was indicted with one that’s in arrears to the city and repeatedly has been cited for violations. It also bounced two checks to City Hall.

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Company that got nearly $300M in city contracts banned for lying that workers lived in Chicago

Joel Kennedy admits payroll records were falsified, blames a former partner and threatens to sue if City Hall doesn’t drop the ban, which he says would put him out of business.