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David Jackson, Better Government Association

Top Lightfoot Aide Who Led Heavily Promoted Anti-Violence Efforts Gone From City Job

Tamara Mahal's departure comes months after the BGA reported the city overhyped the initiative and she had made false claims about her career accomplishments.


City Claims On Anti-Violence Program Are Overblown

Mayor Lightfoot’s choice to lead the city’s campaign against gun-crime has a history of hyperbole, both about her efforts to confront Chicago’s greatest crisis and her own career.


Former State Health Director Ezike Under Scrutiny By The State’s Top Ethics Investigator

Public health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike connected with ordinary people nearly every day during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now she is CEO of a top state medical contractor. Did Dr. Ezike’s quick switch violate the state Ethics Act?


Ald. Walter Burnett Softened Stance On Affordable Housing After Cash Flowed

Developer Onni Group wanted out of its obligation to include affordable units in its luxury Old Town highrises. Onni paid a Burnett friend more than $417,000 to lobby City Hall, helped sponsor a Burnett fundraiser and pledged $25,000 to a charity run by Burnett’s wife. Some tenants said the alderman abandoned them.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

FBI Investigating Vaccinations At Loretto Hospital CEO’s Suburban Church

The probe focuses on the city’s role in vaccinations done at the suburban church when West Siders were struggling to get their shots.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

FBI Investigating Loretto Hospital’s Vaccination Program As Part Of A Criminal Probe

After Block Club Chicago reported how doses went to ineligible people with ties to hospital administrators, a federal grand jury opened a criminal investigation.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Loretto Hospital Union Says Workers Need Meeting With Leaders, Spots On Board Amid State Investigation

A union for more than 200 Loretto workers said it's asked to meet three times with hospital leaders amid the scandals — only to be ignored.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Loretto Hospital Exec’s Pal Got $4 Million In Contracts, Patient Complaints And Assaults Soared

Locked inside Loretto’s psychiatric ward for five days, one man risked his life to flee.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Loretto Hospital Under Investigation For ‘Potential Misuse Of Charitable Assets’

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is investigating the West Side hospital after Block Club Chicago and the Better Government Association disclosed insider contracts.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Few Programs Steer Child Carjackers Away From Trouble

Children as young as 13 have been caught hijacking cars in Chicago. Experts say first-time arrestees can’t get the intervention they need.


Powerful State Senator Got Caribbean Trips, Campaign Donations And Cash Through Loretto Hospital

State Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford accepted campaign contributions from a Loretto Hospital contractor and Caribbean travel as part of her board duties.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Loretto Hospital Got Vaccines To Help Black West Siders — But More Than Half Of Early On-Site Shots Went To White And Asian People

The hospital also admitted to vaccinating ineligible people at Trump Tower and a luxury jewelry shop, according to an audit obtained by Block Club Chicago and the Better Government Association.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Cash-Strapped Loretto Hospital Paid Millions To Companies Formed By Ousted Executive’s Pal

Before COO Anosh Ahmed resigned after hooking up friends with early vaccines, Loretto Hospital was paying millions to companies founded by Ahmed's close pal and business partner.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘What’s Said Here, Stays Here.’ Work Of The Committee That Identified 41 Public Monuments For Possible Removal Remains Opaque

A committee formed by Lightfoot concluded statues of Columbus, Washington, Lincoln and others should be reviewed, but City Hall isn’t releasing many details about how those decisions came to be because it says the committee isn’t a public body.