The Watchdogs

Investigations of government, politicians, education, business and issues affecting taxpayers and consumers.

The middle child in a family of 10 children, Johnson grew up in a three-bedroom Elgin home with parents who were pastors and also foster parents. After his mother died, Johnson helped to carry the ministry forward. “This is really a faith walk,” he says of his run for mayor.
Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas has raised $5.6 million in campaign contributions to Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson’s $3.9 million. Here’s where it’s come from.
He was a longtime friend, customer and business partner of John F. Gembara, the Washington Federal Bank for Savings’ CEO authorities say oversaw a massive embezzlement scheme.
Illinois Comptroller Susan Mendoza choked up telling the panel how her brother, a Chicago cop, was left disabled by COVID-19 but denied full disability benefits.
The former Chicago City Council member from Bridgeport offered a glimpse Wednesday of his life behind bars as he fought to keep from having his license to practice law suspended for three years.
The issue might have arisen because of data errors in a data set provided by CoreLogic, according to a source with knowledge of the discrepancies.
The Illinois child-welfare agency for years has refused to issue “U visa” certifications to survivors of child abuse despite a law mandating that it must decide whether they qualify within 90 business days after they apply.
A previously secret watchdog report accuses officials of being negligent and incompetent before the 2020 debacle that coated the community in dust.
$24 million and counting. That’s how much money Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the eight men and women challenging her have raised. Where is it coming from?
His lawyers want a judge to consider a DNA test they say points to another man and witnesses who say they were told a relative of one of the victims arranged for mobsters to kill the three west suburban women.
Based in Chicago until last year, the aerospace giant has given $50,000 to legislative leaders and other politicians since it admitted in 2021 it deceived regulators about a new aircraft that crashed twice overseas.
A once-secret inspector general’s report says City Hall dropped the ball on the Crawford plant implosion in 2020.
John F. Gembara, the late boss of Washington Federal Bank for Savings, schemed with attorney Robert M. Kowalski, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday. Representing himself, Kowalski blamed Gembara.
Real estate magnate Elzie Higginbottom exploits loophole in city’s ethics rules to donate $50,000 to “independent committee” targeting mayoral challenger.
The period from when a gun is bought until it’s recovered in a crime was far lower in Chicago than in New York or Los Angeles, according to a new federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report.