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The inside story on a billion-dollar chemical company’s fight to keep its secrets from the public

After the Cicero Independiente and MuckRock published investigative articles about air pollution and the chemicals company Koppers, it hired a public-relations firm to organize a secret, behind-the-scenes campaign to influence local officials.

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Koppers disputes most recent environmental violations but plant records reveal two decades of run-ins with Illinois EPA

After the Illinois EPA sent them a lengthy violations notice last fall, Koppers executives began selling stock at an unprecedented rate. After MuckRock and the Cicero Independiente reported on those violations, the publicly-traded company hired a crisis communications firm to meet with elected officials and manage the community fallout.

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After critical series, Cicero town president calls Independiente journalists ‘jerks’ and threatens to ban them from speaking at public meetings

Cicero Town Board President Larry Dominick, in publicly-recorded comments at the end of a biweekly town meeting on Dec. 12, said the Cicero Independiente‘s staffers routinely don’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and, as a result, “from now on, I don’t think I’ll let anyone there talk that does not stand for the pledge.”

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