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02/26/14 COD trustees reimbursed for driving to meetings
By Jake Griffin - Two College of DuPage trustees combined to charge taxpayers more than $1,500 over the past two years to drive to the Glen Ellyn campus and back to their Naperville homes. Some trustees defend the practice, but government watchdog groups and even... FULL STORY
02/25/14 Mundelein pharmacist sentenced to 7 years
By Jake Griffin - A pharmacist from Mundelein was sentenced to seven years in prison after a jury convicted him of health care fraud, obstruction of justice and identity theft. Prosecutors said Ronald Kielar, 76, falsified prescription records at a north side Chicago... FULL STORY
02/12/14 Daily Herald Watchdog reports spur new legislation, transparency
By Jake Griffin - State Rep. Fred Crespo introduces legislation that would allow the executive inspector general to inform state agencies of potential public safety risks uncovered during investigations, even if the investigation is ongoing. The bill was in response... FULL STORY
02/10/14 Rutherford denies charges of sexual harassment
By Jake Griffin and Mike Riopell jgriffin@dailyherald.com - As Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford faced explosive sexual harassment allegations that threaten to upend his campaign for governor, the Chenoa Republican forcefully rebutted the claims at a couple of events in Schaumburg. "This is a tough... FULL STORY
02/07/14 Republican Senate candidates Oberweis, Truax differ on Middle East
By Jake Griffin - While the primary election five weeks away, each Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is seeking to position himself as the one who could unseat Democratic incumbent Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin in November. During interviews with the Daily Herald... FULL STORY
02/05/14 Retiree bonuses cost taxpayers millions
By Jake Griffin - Every July, thousands of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensioners find a little something extra in their mailboxes in addition to their monthly pension check. In 2013, those little somethings added up to a big bill for taxpayers - $41,054,552. FULL STORY
01/29/14 Part-time elected officials can't undo pensions
By Jake Griffin - Grant Wehrli doesn't want a pension for serving as a Naperville city councilman, but thanks to his fellow council members it looks like he'll get one. And he won't be alone. Some 42 former suburban aldermen, mayors and clerks together receive more... FULL STORY
01/27/14 Owner of Lisle hospice charged with health care fraud
By Jake Griffin - The owner of a Lisle-based hospice company is facing federal health care fraud charges. Prosecutors said Seth Gillman, 46 of Lincolnwood, falsely elevated the level of care for some hospice patients. Gillman faces up to 10 years in prison if... FULL STORY
01/24/14 Arlington Heights police investigating bank robbery at Jewel
By Jake Griffin - Arlington Heights police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday afternoon at a grocery store on the village's north side. Employees at other stores in the area said they were alerted by an automated call from police at around 3 p.m. FULL STORY
01/22/14 Which school districts tax the most per student?
By Jake Griffin - Property taxes collected to run public schools range from $30,381 per student in Rondout Elementary District 72 to $2,815 per student in East Aurora Unit District 131, with 90 other suburban school districts falling somewhere between. For schools at... FULL STORY
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