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Luke Hammill

Journalist

Buffalo, N.Y.

Luke Hammill

Reporter whose work has appeared in The Buffalo News, Investigative Post, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, Crain's Chicago Business, Newsday and others. Alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University at Buffalo's independent student newspaper, The Spectrum.

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Pleasant Prairie buys land to lure more jobs over Wisconsin border

The plan marks another example of the business-friendly approach adopted in Wisconsin, where officials have used low taxes and incentive deals to attract investment. Gov. Scott Walker has slashed income and property taxes and led the state to a low unemployment rate while working to curtail workers' collective bargaining rights and reduce education spending.
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Cunningham to tighten Waukegan spending rules

Waukegan Mayor-elect Sam Cunningham has asked city staff to tighten the rules related to expenses for elected officials, effective Monday, when he is set to take office, the city's finance director said. The directive comes amid a News-Sun inquiry into Mayor Wayne Motley's use of a city-issued credit card and his additional monthly expense allowance that has ranged between $1,500 and $1,650 during his tenure as mayor.
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Zion nuisance property ordinance raises concerns among affordable housing, property rights advocates

Zion acknowledged problems with its enforcement of a "crime-free" property ordinance. Advocates say such laws disproportionately harm minorities, crime victims and people with disabilities.
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North Chicago mayor's luxury car raises questions about wasteful spending

North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr.'s new 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 — a luxury car worth $47,000 and leased for $524 a month at taxpayers' expense — has some in the city, including three aldermen, worried about wasteful spending, while Rockingham and others say the vehicle is necessary for travel and entertaining business and government leaders.
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Zion supervisor: Daughter was on township phone plan, expense paid back

Zion Township Supervisor Cheri Neal has publicly acknowledged that her daughter's cellphone bill was being paid with township funds, but she said she regularly reimbursed the payments on her expense reports.
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Zion taxpayers paid for office decor

The News-Sun reviewed township spending records in the wake of Township Supervisor Cheri Neal's public admission that her daughter's cell phone bill was being paid with township funds, and that she regularly reimbursed the payments on her expense reports.
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2 Zion men charged with providing material support to Islamic State

The two friends from far north suburban Zion believed they were helping train and equip fighters for the Islamic State terrorist organization, federal prosecutors say.
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Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley will collect two pensions when he retires

Between the two pensions he'll collect upon retiring, Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley, 66, will make nearly six figures next year, according to a News-Sun analysis.
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Out-of-state data centers find tax haven in Hillsboro, in exchange for a job or two

Out-of-state companies have been building data centers in Hillsboro to take advantage of a state program giving them up to five years of property tax breaks worth millions of dollars. In return, the companies promise job creation. But the program, dubbed an "enterprise zone," only requires that such companies create one job.
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Developer will add windows to Portland's Yard building; city will help pay

The developers behind the new 21-story Yard tower at the east end of the Burnside Bridge in Portland say they will add up to 67 glass windows to the building in the wake of revelations it differed significantly from schematics approved by the city's design commission.
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Seattle's housing deal, political shift may provide Portland a blueprint

SEATTLE –– Like Portland, San Francisco and a handful of other cities, Seattle is dealing with a housing-affordability crisis resulting from an exploding population and a limited supply of homes.
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Falling behind by staying in place: Portland's prosperity bypasses many

Long-term trends and an ongoing hangover from the Great Recession have combined to hollow out the middle class. The climate is particularly bad for those who, through mistakes or bad luck, fall to the bottom of the economic ladder and are faced with the challenge of trying to climb back up.
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About

Luke Hammill

I was born in the Chicago area and lived in six U.S. states from California to Georgia before settling down prior to sixth grade near my parents' hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. I hold honors degrees from the University at Buffalo and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and have interned at The New York Times, Newsday and The Buffalo News. From 2013 to 2016, I was a reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where I reported on education, local government, housing and development; I also was part of the award-winning team that covered the 41-day standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. I did a stint from 2016 to 2017 covering Lake County government and politics for the Chicago Tribune Media Group.