Chicago Clout: How campaign finance rules are used and abused in the Windy City

In Chicago, influence is bought and sold.

How Chicago aldermen decide which restaurants get sidewalk cafés

When systems allow individuals to easily abuse them, people—especially Chicago aldermen—inevitably will. One of the many comforts and attractions of…
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Chicago Aldermen Received More Than $500,000 in Potentially Illegal Political Contributions in 2015

CHICAGO (July 18, 2016) – The year 2015 was an election year for Chicago aldermen. During that year, the…

New rideshare regulations for Chicago

The Chicago taxi lobby donated more than $107,000 to Chicago aldermen from January 1, 2015 to June, 2016. These…
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Launch of Project Six: New task force to battle corruption in Chicago 

CHICAGO (June 2, 2016) – Today, Chicago’s former legislative inspector general, Faisal Khan, is proud to announce the launch…

Battling the Chicago Way

When I came to Chicago, I had a lofty goal: Take on the city’s infamous corruption problem. Corruption runs deep…

About Project Six

The name for Project Six is drawn from the “Secret Six.” The Secret Six were a group of businessmen and city leaders in Chicago during the 1930s whose economic, political and legal efforts led to the demise of Al Capone and his criminal empire.

During the prohibition era in Chicago, nearly every political, law-enforcement and business leader was corrupted by Capone’s crime network. The Secret Six worked behind the scenes to choke off Capone’s business interests and take away his deep-rooted influence in the city.

The Secret Six were integral in assembling “the untouchables”—the group of federal agents that successfully investigated and arrested Capone—and ensuring Chicago had a trustworthy and capable force to stop the unchallenged reign of corruption by “Scarface Al” and his mob. Like the inspiration for our name, Project Six will be fighting to expose the corrupt system operating inside City Hall and changing the “Chicago way” to one of open and honest government.