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Feds probe tuition waivers awarded by state Sen. Annazette Collins

July 10, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times

Republican Opponent Accuses Cook County Board of Review Commissioner of Electioneering

January 13, 2012
Fox Chicago
By Dane Placko
Chicago - It's one of the golden rules of politics: you don't use taxpayer dollars to help on your campaign.

Chicago Alderman Jason Ervin's 28th Ward Office: 'A Rathole'

September 12, 2011
Fox Chicago 32

By Dane Placko, FOX Chicago News

Chicago - Residents of Chicago's 28th Ward say Ald. Jason Ervin's office in the 200 block of North Pulaski looks like a dump.

We walked in with a camera and found missing ceiling tiles, water stains, exposed wires and ducts, dangling extension cords, chips and cracks and stains on the floors, and a propane tank hiding in the corner.

Second Bianchi special prosecutor wants off case

June 28, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times

By Dan Rozek

A second special prosecutor wants out of the upcoming corruption trial of McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi, who’s accused of doing legal favors for political supporters and relatives.

The request filed Tuesday by Thomas McQueen raises questions about who — if anyone — will prosecute Bianchi at his criminal trial scheduled to begin Aug. 1.

State's Attorney investigating Will County board member's email use

April 15, 2011
Beacon News

By Cindy Wojdyla Cain

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has been asked to investigate whether county board member Kathleen Konicki used her county e-mail account and laptop for  political purposes.

In an e-mail sent from Konicki’s county account, she urged people to vote against Homer Glen Mayor Jim Daley in the April 5 election because he did not oppose the Will County Forest Preserve District’s deer culling program in Messenger Woods.

Illinois politicians can no longer put names on road signs

June 16, 2011
Chicago Tribune

By Monique Garcia Clout Street

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law preventing state officials from putting their name or likeness on taxpayer funded signs.

The measure was a response to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision years ago to plaster his name on nearly three dozen signs on the Illinois Tollway at what Quinn said was a cost of almost $500,000.

District 218 Says 'No' to Campaign Donations

May 26, 2011
Oak Lawn Patch

Question of ethics raised by a Patch report that Bloom Trail High School donated to the South Chicago Heights mayor's campaign fund.

By Dan Lambert

Should a school district be donating money to a political campaign?

That's the question raised by a south suburban school district's contributions to a local mayor with money earned through the school's pop machines. Whether those donations are illegal, or merely unethical, depends on how you interpret "public funds" under state law.

Bianchi case judge refuses to step aside

April 29, 2011
Northwest Herald


WOODSTOCK – The judge assigned to McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s criminal case has declined to recuse himself despite special prosecutors’ request.

Special prosecutors had asked Winnebago County Judge Joseph McGraw to step down based on his relationship with the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor.