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Life In Chicago: Grant Fraud, Boot Bribery & Unnecessary OT

By The City Of Chicago Office Of Inspector General

With an assist to the Beachwood Added Value Affairs Desk.

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General has released its fourth quarter report for 2017 to the City Council. The report summarizes the Office's activity from October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

In his cover letter, Inspector General Joe Ferguson addresses the future of the Office of Inspector General, including the first-generation projects for the new Public Safety Section, a revitalized website that will include an interactive data portal, the establishment of a robust community engagement program; and continued use of technology to expand the reach of the OIG.

This quarter's report includes summaries of concluded OIG investigations, inquiries, and other activities, including:

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Posted on January 18, 2018
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By The Beachwood Bookmaking Bureau
For entertainment purposes only. Including gambling.
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Posted on January 8, 2018

Life In Chicago: Grant Fraud, Boot Bribery & Unnecessary OT

By The City Of Chicago Office Of Inspector General
Throw in some sexual harassment, illegal outside employment and misuse of sick time.

Posted on January 18, 2018

Illinois Legislators Urged to Act Quickly to Secure Voter Files

By Indivisible Chicago
Crosscheck voter database continues to struggle with security fixes that will protect voters' personal data.

Posted on January 12, 2018

Taking Short Break From Denouncing Trump Authoritarianism, House Dems Join With GOP To 'Violate The Privacy Rights Of Everyone In The United States'

By Jon Queally/Common Dreams
The renewal of the controversial Section 702 allows government agencies to spy on the e-mails, text messages, and other electronic communications of Americans (and foreigners) without a warrant.

Posted on January 11, 2018

Donald Trump And The Rhetoric Of Dictators

By Henry Giroux/The Conversation
Trump's words amount to more than empty slogans. Instead, his language comes "with consequences, and they legitimize bigotries and hatreds long harbored by many but, for the most part, kept under wraps by the broader society."

Posted on January 16, 2018

Confirmed: Exxon Knew

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
Researchers from Harvard studied nearly 200 ExxonMobil communications and concluded that the company actively misled the public about climate change, contradicting findings by even their own scientists.

Posted on January 8, 2018

CEO-Worker Income Gap Higher In U.S. Than Anywhere Else: Analysis

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
While corporations and wealthy Americans look forward to massive tax breaks, a Bloomberg analysis finds CEOs of U.S. companies make 265 times more than average workers

Posted on December 29, 2017

The Paradise Papers: The Long Twilight Struggle Against Offshore Secrecy

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
A groundswell of action.

Posted on December 28, 2017

2018 Preview: Chicago's Office Of Inspector General!

By The City Of Chicago Office Of Inspector General
Highlights to include: Has the City implemented the recommendations made by the Mayor's Tax Increment Financing Reform Task Force? Does the Chicago Police Department manage and maintain dashboard cameras and footage effectively?

Posted on December 22, 2017

The Real Story Behind Katharine Graham And The Post

By Norman Solomon/Common Dreams
The Washington Post was instrumental in avidly promoting the lies that made the Vietnam War possible in the first place.

Posted on December 21, 2017

Triumph Of The Oligarchs

By Robert Reich
Most Americans know that the tax plan is payback for major Republican donors. Gary Cohn, Trump's lead economic advisor, even conceded in an interview that "the most excited group out there are big CEOs, about our tax plan." Republican Rep. Chris Collins admitted "my donors are basically saying, 'Get it done or don't ever call me again.'" Senator Lindsey Graham warned that if Republicans failed to pass the tax plan, "the financial contributions will stop."

Posted on December 19, 2017

GOP Tax Plan Would Give 15 Of America's Largest Corporations A $236 Billion Tax Cut

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
Over the last 30 years, 15 of the largest U.S. corporations have already accepted $3.9 trillion of corporate welfare in the form of subsidies, tax credits, and bailouts, and another $108 billion in government handouts in the form of federal contracts.

Posted on December 18, 2017

Trailer: Swing District

By Michael Golden
Featuring a former Chicago police officer - and former Republican - who is now a 71-year-old freshman in Congress running for re-election.

Posted on December 15, 2017

Charter Schools Are Complicit With Segregation

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
A recent Associated Press analysis of national school enrollment data found that "as of school year 2014-2015, more than 1,000 of the nation's 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily."

Posted on December 14, 2017

Leaked Documents Expose How Corporations Use Spies to Subvert Political Movements Worldwide

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
Corporate spies embedded in protest movements frequently outnumber undercover law enforcement officers.

Posted on December 13, 2017

The Paradise Papers: An Odd Call From The Bermuda Government

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Plus: A state bank raid in Brussels, and the mystery of Luxembourg.

Posted on December 11, 2017

MUSIC - Jamming For Sambo.
TV - TV Guide: That's Entertainment!
POLITICS - Life In Chicago: Fraud, Bribery & Sick Time Misuse.
SPORTS - Hockey's Jackie Robinson.

BOOKS - The Myth Of A Litigious Society.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Speak Truth To Human Rights Abusers.


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