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February 22, 2012 @ 6:33 PM

MacArthur's non-denial

Yesterday, I advanced the theory that the MacArthur Foundation yanked funding from the Chicago News Cooperative because MacArthur has close ties to City Hall, writes large grants to programs at the Chicago Public Schools, and is likely uncomfortable with backing a news organization that might report critically on those programs.

The post seems to have kicked off a vigorous discussion, which is great. Foundations are far too frequently allowed to make these kinds of decisions without any kind of scrutiny or accountability. Read more...


February 21, 2012 @ 1:46 PM

What the CNC's demise says about MacArthur and Chicago

There's an old saying in the journalism business: A newspaper is a mirror of the community it serves. Usually this old saw is meant to imply that strong investigative reporting can force a community to notice its warts (or aldermen) and take action to remove them.

But for me, the saying has come to mean something else—that you can tell a lot about a city's civic health by the way it supports, or fails to support, news organizations that engage in public accountability reporting. Read more...


June 10, 2010 @ 8:46 AM

The City Colleges chancellor's new car

An alert tipster just sent me documents detailing the City Colleges of Chicago's decision to lease a $736 per month Chevy Tahoe for the district's chancellor.

Our tipster poses two questions. What is it about expensive leased vehicles that top public officials love so much? And wouldn't taxpayers would be better off simply reimbursing officials for mileage on their personal vehicles?  Read more...


April 14, 2010 @ 6:21 AM

Goslin stumps for Cook in D.C.

Cook County Commissioner Gregg Goslin is meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., today, discussing a number of issues affecting the county. Goslin, a board member of the National Association of County Officials says he and other NACO leaders are working to secure more federal funding for local projects.

"It's always good to hear form the local communities. It's a good use of time," says Goslin, a former state lawmaker. "There's a lot of federal money coming in to the county. A lot of people don't know that." Read more...


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