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Special Report: Small White House Office Puts The Brakes On Life-Saving Regulations

By Scot J. Paltrow/Reuters
Barack Obama responsible for "a significant cost in human lives."

Posted on October 31, 2015

Uber's Surge Pricing May Not Lead To A Surge In Drivers

By Lauren Kirchner and Surya Mattu/ProPublica
Advice: wait out a surge - or just walk a few yards to a different zone.

Posted on October 30, 2015

U.S. CEO Retirement Packages: Bigger Than Yours

By Mark Miller/Reuters
Changes in our retirement benefit structure play a big role in account balances - especially the sharp decline in the share of private-sector workers receiving traditional defined benefit pensions.

Posted on October 29, 2015

Big Company Spins Off New Company. Loads It Up With 8,400 Retirees. New Company Goes Bankrupt. Retirees Lose Benefits.

By Alec MacGillis/ProPublica
"All I could think is, you dirty, low-down rotten scoundrels. How could anyone with a conscience do something like this?"

Posted on October 28, 2015

Kay Kay & Von Von

By Free Spirit Media
A Chicago mockumentary about the police, rappers and some old guy's lawn.

Posted on October 27, 2015

How To Investigate Student Debt At Your Area's Colleges

By Annie Waldman and Sisi Wei/ProPublica
Five story ideas to help jumpstart your own investigation.

Posted on October 23, 2015

REVEALED: The Boom And Bust Of The CIA's Secret Torture Sites

By The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
"We cannot have enough blacksite hosts," the official wrote.

Posted on October 14, 2015

Pretty Photos, Small Companies: How The White House Is Selling The TPP

By Roberta Rampton/Reuters
Omitted from the report: any overt sign that big U.S. corporations, which have pushed for the deal, stand to gain. Illinois is represented by a bulldozer, without mentioning Caterpillar Inc.

Posted on October 13, 2015

CTU: Please Call Bank Of America Illinois President Tim Maloney. Here's His Number.

By The Chicago Teachers Union
Predatory bank deals are stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from our schools.

Posted on October 9, 2015

What Can Be Done Right Now To Fix The (Racist) Legal System For Debt Collection

By Paul Kiel/ProPublica
Commonsense reforms - and the black neighborhoods in Chicago hit the hardest.

Posted on October 9, 2015

Impact: Plan To Divert $18 Million From The Health Insurance Of Retired Indiana Coal Miners To Pay Bankruptcy Lawyers Is Dead

By Alec MacGillis/ProPublica
The deal was especially striking given that the unionized miners had themselves never worked for Patriot. Instead, they were having their benefits stripped of their value through an elaborate bit of financial engineering.

Posted on October 9, 2015

Offshoring By 29 Companies Costs Illinois $1.2 Billion Annually

By The Illinois Public Interest Research Group
Thirty if you count pending taxpayer-subsidized Chicago corporate citizen ConAgra.

Posted on October 7, 2015

Deepwater Horizon Settlement Comes With $5.35 Billion Tax Windfall

By The U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Oil giant able to claim $15.3 billion of settlement as "cost of doing business."

Posted on October 6, 2015

If Joe Maddon Were Mayor . . .

Another Beachwood Thought Experiment
Taxes become voluntary, but for some reason you'll want to pay.

Posted on October 6, 2015

Is The Gun Lobby's Power Overstated?

By Alec MacGillis/ProPublica
Invincibility overstated.

Posted on October 5, 2015

Myth Vs. Fact: Violence And Mental Health

By Lois Beckett/ProPublica
I don't think we're ever going to live in a world where we're not going to have troubled, confused, isolated young men. But we shouldn't live in a world where men like that have very easy access to semi-automatic handguns.

Posted on October 4, 2015

Bankruptcy Lawyers Strip Cash From Indiana Coal Miners' Health Insurance

By Alec MacGillis/ProPublica
The cash for health care benefits guaranteed to miners who never worked for Patriot Coal - who live in a state far from Patriot's base in West Virginia - is now being used to pay the bills of lawyers and other professionals overseeing the break-up of Patriot Coal.

Posted on October 2, 2015

Roger Waters The Wall Is Back

New Twist On Classic Album
Power, media, Obama and a permanent state of war.

Posted on October 1, 2015

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
TV - Cricket vs. Brexit.
POLITICS - An Odd Call From Bermuda.
SPORTS - All Is Not Forgiven, Bears.

BOOKS - Turning Points Of The Civil War.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Baxter's IV Bag Shortages.


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