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"The Mirage Takes Shape" - Zay N. Smith and Pamela Zekman - Columbia Journalism Review

"The Sun-Times tavern series exposed city-wide corruption - but raised questions about press ethics. Here, the reporters who wrote the series describe how, and why, their newspaper started pouring shots in ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-06-10 15:35

I-"Our Bar Uncovers Payoffs, Tax Gyps" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith First in the Sun-Times' 25-part Mirage Tavern series, exposing ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 03:52

II-"Cheating the Taxpayer - 'Mr. Fixit' Tells How" -Mirage- Chicago Sun-Times

Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith The Mirage team follows the pace of a local fixer. ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 03:55

III-"Payoff Parade Begins" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

"Mirage Clears Fire Inspection - for $10" Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 03:56

IIIA - "Building Code Gives Muscle to Inspectors" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith Inspector ignores basement fire. ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 03:58

IV-"The Envelope Please . . . " - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

"Building Aide OKs Mirage for $15" Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2011-11-12 12:33

IV-"The Envelope, Please . . ." - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

"Building Aide OKs Mirage for $15" Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 04:00

IXA - "What Permits? City Bind to Own Rules" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith Mirage team discovers that no permits are needed for non-illuminated ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 04:05

V-"Shakedown Time Again" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

Also -- "Shakeup vowed by city building chief" Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 04:00

VI- "'Quick, the Cash; 'I'm Promoted'"- Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

Pamela Zekman Zay N. Smith Part VI in the Mirage tavern sting expose of fraud and corruption ...

Published Article - brookekroeger - 2013-01-24 04:02