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BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.

07/03/2014

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

Former Metra CEO Calls Madigan’s Requests ‘Moral Character Flaw’

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford said Wednesday he does not believe House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws by requesting a pay raise for a political supporter, but believes it was “an ethical and moral character flaw.”

07/17/2013

Joseph Berrios

Berrios Under Fire For Putting Relatives On County Payroll

In his first week in office, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios already was taking heat from critics after putting his son and his sister on the public payroll at his office.

CBS 2–12/09/2010