Tag: Pam Zekman

What will it take to get more Chicago police on the streets?

Courtesy of flickr/rogue3w A guy was robbed at gunpoint in the 6th police district, an area that includes the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. It took the cops an hour and 36 minutes to show up. On another recent night it was 26 minutes before police arrived after someone was robbed while waiting for the bus at 76th... Read more »

Chicago calls out residents and businesses for unpaid water bills, but the city's accounting could be flawed

The City of Chicago’s water department said Chicagoans owe more than $30 million in unpaid water bills. But it turns out there may have been a problem in the accounting. CBS 2 reporter Pam Zekman found errors in the water department’s list of accounts and “collection chaos for some consumers.” The report was part of... Read more »

Doors at Cook County's maximum-security jail in South Lawndale not secured

Many accused murderers, rapists and robbers can leave their cells and cause mayhem among other inmates in Cook County’s jail in the South Lawndale neighborhood, according to a joint investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Better Government Association. More than one in 10 of the maximum-security cells in Cook County’s oldest jail are not... Read more »

Lawsuit, bad tickets become the latest woes for Chicago's parking meter lease deal

Chicago’s inspector general had already questioned whether the city got shortchanged in it’s $1.15 billion deal to lease 36,000 parking meters for 75 years. Now a taxpayer watchdog group says the deal may be illegal, and a local investigative reporter finds that dozens of bogus parking tickets have been issued this year. Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization,... Read more »