| Jul 20, 2014
Thousands of drivers have been ticketed in error under highly questionable circumstances that neither the city nor the private vendor that operated the cameras has explained.
Reporters David Kidwell and Alex Richards analyzed more than 4 million tickets...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 1:06 PM
For eight years, a controversial list of the most complained-against Chicago cops remained under seal while the city fought its release in court battle after court battle.
But after a last-ditch effort by the union failed to stop it, the list was...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 4:38 PM
A blogger sued the CTA on Wednesday to obtain copies of the losing bids and other documents related to the transit agency awarding an almost half-billion-dollar contract in 2011 for the new Ventra fare-collection system.
Jason Prechtel filed the lawsuit...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 6:28 PM
The union that represents Chicago police wants to halt the release of internal investigation files for alleged police misconduct.
In an injunction filed Monday in Cook County circuit court, the Fraternal Order of Police claims the release of the...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 10:49 AM
Internal investigation files for alleged police misconduct will now be made public, officials said Sunday in a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.
With the new policy, the Chicago Police Department will release investigative files relating to...
| Jul 15, 2014
When public officials refuse to provide information about the alleged misconduct of police officers, they invite some damning conclusions:
They're hiding something. They're protecting bad cops. They're more worried about appearances than about...
| Jun 17, 2014
Illinois voters would love the chance to grab the once-a-decade job of redrawing legislative boundaries from the politicians who have abused that process.
Year after year, in poll after poll, support for giving that power to the people has been...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 12:11 PM
An Elgin city councilwoman is the Democratic choice to replace an Illinois State Representative who resigned earlier this month for health reasons after computers were seized from his office in a search for child pornography.
Anna Moeller, 42, will be...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 6:48 AM
Citizen complaints about Chicago police misconduct and the related investigative files are public records and must be turned over by the city, an Illinois appeals court ruled this week.
A three-judge panel of the state Appellate Court in Chicago...
| May 22, 2009
In a unanimous rebuke of an argument the attorney general once called an "outrageous" abuse of public records law, the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against the Wheaton Warrenville school board for claiming it would be an invasion of its...
| May 21, 2009
Illinois' leading lawmakers privately circulated their own proposal for a new public records law Wednesday that would essentially gut months of work by interest groups attempting to strengthen the state's notoriously weak public access to government...