Clout-heavy contractor linked to federal investigations at Chicago City Hall and in the suburbs

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Chicago Tribune

At the heart of James Bracken’s multifaceted trucking, demolition and excavation operation is a small office in south suburban Markham surrounded by piles of dirt and rigs rumbling in and out of a trucking yard. Out front, a reserved parking spot is the only obvious sign of Bracken’s authority. But the unassuming office and dusty parking lot belie the clout Bracken and his family wield throughout Chicago and Cook County. The businesses have garnered government contracts from across Cook County worth up to$250 million for demolition services, equipment rental and materials. At the same time, Br…

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