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10/26/10 AG candidates weigh in on corruption busting
By Marni Pyke - All four candidates running for Illinois attorney general promise to fight corruption while some are taking pot shots at the incumbent for her track record on that issue. FULL STORY
10/24/10 'Lobbyists get payments and lobbyists pay legislators'
By Marni Pyke - Public money paid to state and federal lobbyists hired by transit agencies doesn't necessarily stay in neutral for long. Instead, thousands of dollars from lobbying firms flow to the political campaigns of federal and state lawmakers and political... FULL STORY
10/23/10 Transit agencies spend millions on lobbyists
By Marni Pyke - In a climate of austerity, transit agencies are shelling out millions for high-paid state and federal lobbyists. But whether riders are getting their money's worth is elusive to prove. Dispatching lobbyists to Springfield or Washington, D.C., is... FULL STORY
10/23/10 Tollway job reductions and cell phone cretins
By Marni Pyke - They agree in theory about an independent inspector general and they agree to talking it over, but state Sen. Susan Garrett and Regional Transportation Authority directors still seem far apart on who appoints an inspector general for the RTA, Metra... FULL STORY
10/21/10 RTA tightens pension rules in wake of Pagano mess
By Marni Pyke - Regional Transportation Authority directors on Thursday tightened controls over the agency's pension plan to prevent any hanky-panky leading to super-sized payouts. FULL STORY
10/20/10 Metra execs got special treatment, report suggests
By Marni Pyke - Rules that apply to underlings didn't affect a select group of executives at Metra who were bestowed with perks and privileges, a report states. FULL STORY
10/19/10 Tollway whistle-blower demoted, lawsuit states
By Marni Pyke - A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges the Illinois tollway wrongfully disciplined an employee after she reported suspected ethics violations involving a high-ranking official. FULL STORY
10/18/10 Attorney general hopefuls speak out
By Marni Pyke - Attorney General Lisa Madigan promised that going after child predators would continue to be a top priority if re-elected, while her GOP opponent suggests electronic monitoring as a way of preventing sex crimes against minors. FULL STORY
10/18/10 Tollway watchdog named inspector general
By Marni Pyke - With a full load of investigations, including many that end up requiring disciplinary action, Illinois tollway watchdog Jim Wagner said it's time to expand his unit. Now Wagner will get a chance to see that request through after Gov. Pat Quinn... FULL STORY
10/16/10 Quiet cars, budget constraints and a female pioneer
By Marni Pyke - I don't object to incessant cell phone chatter on Metra as long as it's interesting. FULL STORY
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