Chicago

A Patchwork Quilt
Pamela Zekman
Task Force reporter Pamela Zekman delves into Illinois' election code, unpacking its most contradicting and impossible statutes and inefficiencies.
Editorial
An editorial by The Chicago Tribune praising the action taken by U.S. Attorney James R. Thompson to bring those who committed vote fraud to justice.
William Currie
Tribune reporter William Currie gives a historical account of vote fraud in Chicago.
How Tribune Got Vote Fraud Story
William Currie
The Tribune reports on the experiences of reporter William Mullen, who pieced together evidence of vote fraud while working undercover as a Republican clerk in the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners office,
Pamela Zekman
William Currie
The Tribune publishes a list of those indicted for vote fraud by a federal grand jury, including poll judges, precinct captains, secretaries and clerks.
Fraud at Polls Described to House Unit
George Bliss
William Currie
The Tribune reports on hearings held by an Illinois House subcommittee charged with investigating the vote fraud in Chicago's March primary election. William Currie, the reporter who worked undercover as a clerk for the chairman of the Board of Election Commissioners also gives a brief account of the testimony of a Democrat serving as a Republican poll judge.
40 Reported Cited by U.S. Grand Jury
William Mullen
Pamela Zekman
The Tribune reports that at least 35 people were arrested by federal agents after they were indicted by a federal grand jury for vote fraud during the March primary elections in Chicago.
Vote Fraud Product of Patronage
William Mullen
William Currie
Task Force reporters Mullen and Currie explore reasons why fraud was so widespread in the poll judge certification process, concluding that not only were the judges motivated by Democratic loyalties but many precinct captains feared losing their jobs if they did not yield a high Democratic voter turnout.
George Bliss
Pamela Zekman
This article reports on the first indictments after the Tribune revealed widespread vote fraud in the March 21st primary election. The three people indicted are accused of falsifying ballot applications and voting in a precinct where they did not live.
George Bliss
William Currie
The Tribune reports that a community coalition has collected 20,000 signatures on their petition to station U.S. Marshals as Chicago polling places, after widespread fraud was uncovered after the March 21st primary elections.
Unsigned
This article takes a look at the investigators employed by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and why they failed to undercover any fraud in the March 21st primary elections.
William Mullen
Another follow-up article about the certification of poll judges reveals that oversight is so loose that the same poll judge can serve in a Democratic judge one year and a Republic the next. Reporter William Mullen finds examples of this in several precincts.
Pamela Zekman
Upon Task Force reporter William Mullen's return to the Board of Election Commissioners office, where he previously worked undercover as a clerk, chairman Stanley Kusper denies Mullen access to voter records.
William Mullen
George Bliss
In another follow-up article at the irregularities in the certification of Republican poll judges, who must have Republic voting records, the Tribune Task Force reveals paperwork that proves that many of the so-called "Republican" judges have markedly democratic voting records.
William Currie
This article reports that a suit was brought against the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, seeking an injunction against board chairman Stanley Kusper and asking that the Board come under federal control.
William Mullen
Pamela Zekman
The Tribune Task Force reports that in the 7th precinct of Chicago's 24th Ward, handwriting experts identified at least 17 ballot applications as being forged by the same person.
Ronald Yates
William Mullen
The Tribune reports on the reaction of U.S. Attorney Thompson, who announced that his office will investigated all instances of fraud as revealed by The Chicago Tribune Task Force's investigation.
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