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  • Man charged with fraud in flood grant program, 4 years after WGN breaks story

    Four years after WGN Investigates broke the story about how Chicago area flood relief money was being spent, the Feds make an arrest. Barry Croall is accused of swindling $330,000 from a $10 million grant that was supposed to go to homeowners. WGN Investigates questioned Croall back in 2010 about a lavish party he threw at Brookfield Zoo for flood victims. He denied any wrongdoing, eventually sending us an incomplete pile of spending records. Croall was to be arraigned in federal court Thursday. […]

  • Country Club Hills: WGN told you so

    You know the old saying: I told you so? Well we told you so in several WGN- Better Government Association investigations into a small south suburban town. An audit confirms a whole lot of financial shenanigans going on. It’s been three years since we first went walking with Mayor Dwight Welch of Country Club Hills challenging him about outrageous credit card charges on the city’s dime. “It’s a small amount of money when you look at the overall emphasis of […]

  • Former top aide to Gov. Quinn pays money back after pension investigation

    An update to a WGN exclusive: A mistake in the pension system meant a former top aide to Governor Quinn was getting $137,000 per year. She should have been getting under $20,000. On Friday WGN was told, she has paid that money back. WGN traveled to downstate Paris, Illinois, to talk with 63-year-old Carolyn Brown Hodge. The former deputy chief of staff to Governor Quinn resigned in 2009. She said she only found out about the overpayment the day WGN […]

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    Lewd pictures lead to suspension of officer’s powers

    A Chicago police officer got his police powers taken away after a WGN Investigation discovered lewd and shocking pictures of a man’s private parts. It began with a tip to WGN Investigates in a simple, strange, anonymous envelope. Inside, a tiny piece of paper not much bigger than what you’d find inside a fortune cookie. On that paper was a web address, apparently set up, to bring down a Chicago police officer. It included his name, home address, the police district where he worked […]

  • Unexplained Beating: How a simple grocery run put a father in the hospital

    Even though what happened was caught on a security camera, our WGN Investigation shows answers are still missing. It is tough to watch a man getting walloped. But as Cleveland Walker watches surveillance video of his own beating in our editing room at WGN it makes him pause, saying, “Wow!” ‘They are like ‘Turn over! Turn over! Turn over! That`s what everybody`s yelling,” Walker explains. “I`m yelling back, ‘I can`t turn over! He`s holding me! I can`t turn over!’” The men on top are employees […]

  • WGN Investigates Exclusive: The unwitting murder plot target

    He was two days after from being sliced, diced and bled to death in a modern day torture chamber.  So how did this wealthy, suburban businessman live to tell his story?  And why was he targeted?  The following is what Steve Campbell told WGN-Investigates during an exclusive interview, as we look deeper at one of the wildest murder scheme caught right on camera. “Could you dream this up?” asked Steve Campbell after he asked us to blur his face on […]

  • Judging the Judges: Your honor, where do you live?

    In March, voters will be selecting Cook County judges from a long list of candidates. So, we asked some voters at a train station in Glenview and a nearby barber shop if they knew any of the judicial candidates running in the 12th subcircuit and none did. You can read all about one of the candidates, Judge James Kaplan, on his campaign web site. He’s dressed in judicial robes and stands shoulder to shoulder with his wife.  In big, bold, […]

  • Judging the judges: How could it be? Even the”Supremes” don’t follow the law

    Who knew, of all people, the most powerful judges in the state are not following the law. All this week, we’ve exposed how judges in Cook County are skirting more than one law, like getting tax breaks where they shouldn’t or living outside of their courtroom subcircuit. But in tonight’s joint WGN investigation with the Medill Watchdog unit of Northwestern, some question why should they follow the law if their big brothers and sisters, the Supremes aren’t? In Illinois no […]

  • Judging the judges: Knock, knock. Your honor are you illegally living here?

    Finding out where a judge lives ought to be difficult. After all, no judge wants an unhappy defendant knocking at their door or a reporter for that matter. But, the special protection afforded judges for their security also shields them from questions about whether or not they’re playing by the rules. And no one seems to be checking. The law says if you’re going to run for judge in a subcircuit you must live there. And, it added one more […]

  • Who is judging the judges? Part 2: It matters where judges live

    Does the judge live on the south side or along the Gold Coast? We know where he should live if he followed the law.  It’s one of the many questionable things we’ve found this week in our joint WGN investigation with the Medill Watchdog unit of Northwestern: Judging the Judges. Let’s start with the basics. Before Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans, or any judge for that matter, could put on the robe, they have to pass a test. One, […]