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WVXU Launches Public Integrity Project: Trust in Local Government

From Cincinnati Public Radio:

Over the past year, local politicians have been the target of FBI Investigations, leading to several city council members' arrests. The public was left wondering how this could happen. Is this how local government truly operates, making back door deals with votes for sale? Bribery and corruption can lead to decisions being made for the wrong reasons. Contracts are awarded because of kickbacks and not whether they are the best value for the community.

91.7 WVXU is going beyond City Hall's chambers to explore political corruption and discuss the issue with current council members and those seeking office in the upcoming November election. Is it possible to restore trust in local government? Find out, as our series, Trust in Local Government - WVXU’s Public Integrity Project, begins Monday, April 19.

First up, Howard Wilkinson takes a historical look at Cincinnati's various forms of government leading up to our current council-manager system. That afternoon on Cincinnati Edition, Michael Monks talks with Council Members Christopher Smitherman and Betsy Sunderman about their charter amendments designed to reinforce ethical standards and bring more transparency to City Hall. On Wednesday, April 21, Michael will talk with Mayor John Cranley, and the following week we will air interviews with all of this year's mayoral candidates.

Each afternoon May 17-20, as part of Open Government Week, Cincinnati Edition will focus on different aspects of restoring trust in local government.

And WVXU will continue with an ongoing series of features, interviews and candidate profiles by our reporters and the Cincinnati Edition team leading up to the November general election.

The Trust in Local Government - WVXU's Public Integrity Project will be available on 91.7 WVXU, 88.5 WMUB, streaming and archived on, through the WVXU mobile app, and by asking your smart speaker to “Play WVXU.”

Support for this project comes from The Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation.