"It looked like any neighborhood tavern in Chicago. The beer was cold, the bratwursts hot."
"The Mirage Tavern
was a drinking establishment at 731 N. Wells St. in Chicago purchased by the Chicago Sun-Times in 1977 to investigate widespread allegations of official corruption and shakedowns visited on small businesses by city officials. The journalists used hidden cameras to help ensure that city inspectors caught accepting payoffs for ignoring safety hazards were all properly documented."
Thirty-five years ago this week, the Sun-Times began a 25-part series, which documented its work with government watchdog organization Better Government Association
and venerated TV news program 60 Minutes
* to capture the shakedowns, shoddy inspections, and graft galore. And now Sun-Times digital editor Marcus Gilmer is reposting every story on the day it ran in 1977 here
along with additional reporting and details. [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara
on Jan 9, 2013 -