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The Newspaper That Bought a Bar

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Program Type: Lecture
Age: Adult, Teen

In 1977, a Chicago Sun-Times reporter bought a bar, using a false name. Over the next two months, a team of reporters and photographers documented a system of corruption and bribery at the appropriately named Mirage, as health and fire inspectors demanded payments to overlook frayed wires, leaking pipes, rats, maggots, and roaches. Now, 40 years after the story of corruption exploded across the pages of the Sun-Times, Jim Frost, a photographer for the newspaper, will provide an insider's look at the investigation.