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'Watchdogs' appeal DuPage judge's OK of lawsuit over reporting of alleged 'pay to play' for COD contract

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 31, 2016, 4:14pm

Journalists who help chronicle corruption in Illinois governments have asked a state appeals court to step in, after a DuPage County judge refused to dismiss a $16 million defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who claims the men known as the Edgar County Watchdogs wrongly accused her of committing a crime when they wrote she engaged in “pay to play” and used an improper exemption to secure a no-bid contract from the College of DuPage – awarded the same day she joined the college’s fundraising fo