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John Kraft (jmkraft)
Member:  Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)(Graduate Student Membership), and the Chicago Headline Club

Kirk Allen
Member:  Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the Chicago Headline Club

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  1. Have you heard about the former dupage forest Preserve commissioner who was given a nice high paying job. Word is the professional staff were directed to create the position and hire Shannon Burns. None of the other applicants even had a chance regardless of qualifications. A lot of political manipulation and control of staff being done by “consultant” Mark Kauffman a very connected DuPage figure working for commission president Cantore on a no bid contract.

  2. You guys sounded great this morning! Thanks big time for what you’ve done in LaSalle co. Is there anyway possible to expose Lisa Madigans sole responsibility is protecting daddy?? Can you show how the theft in Springfield has been on steroids since princess became States Attorney, like the $140 “B” BILLION stolen from A.F.S.C.M.E, where in hell is all the Lotto cash, and the $ millions it brings in everyday. Like Brian Towne, this won’t stop unless you point it out. Thanks again and can I help in anyway? ?

  3. Why does the government make such a big deal about a shooting??? People get shot everyday but since the injured were members of the government we will be hearing about this for 6 months. These people are human beings just like everyone else. They are not SPECIAL!!!! We are all equal but noone makes a big deal when a child or a common citizan gets shot its a 20 sec segment. Thats why I have never voted. I do not want to be a part of this political mess in the USA. I am Korean and was adopted from Seoul in 1959. Should have stayed in my own country. Dont care if noone likes it!!! My own personal opinion!!

  4. Still waiting for you guys to mention something about the mismanagement
    of the new high school construction…When you run the numbers it
    dwarfs any other story currently running on your site…Starting to
    get a little suspicious that you guys are ignoriong this…Millions
    of tax payer monies are being squandered in the pissing contest
    between unit 4 and dist. 95 and you guys have a cover story about
    keith trogden resigning from the transit board??? Priorities my
    friends…lets not lose track of them.

  5. This is good stuff. Thanks for taking the time to keep us all informed and shining a light on all of these turd’s sleazy ways

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