Soccer Stadium Investigation
A Courant investigation into city spending on a project to upgrade an ailing stadium and bring professional soccer to Hartford uncovered multiple layers of wrongdoing and led to federal indictments.
"Records: Stadium Developers Paid Themselves Hundreds Of Thousands As Bills Went Unpaid" [Link] [PDF]
For the complete collection of Soccer Stadium Investigation stories, please click here.
hartford nonprofit investigation
The director of a Hartford nonprofit admitted in an interview with The Courant that she used company funds for personal use, triggering a probe by the state attorney general's office.
"Hartford Community Group Might Fold; Director Admits Using Money For Personal Expenses" [Link] [PDF]
On Election Day in November 2014, frustration set in around Hartford as several polling places failed to open on time. Some people had to wait more than an hour, and others left without voting. A judge ordered that two polling places remain open for an extra half-hour that day. The Courant examined – and uncovered – what led to problems at the polls.
hartford insurance investigation
The spotlight turned on city hall after The Courant revealed that Hartford's treasurer had questionable ties to a local insurance broker. After numerous stories, the broker was indicted on federal fraud charges and is now serving a six-year prison term.
For additional stories in The Courant's Hartford Insurance Investigation, please click here.
Analysis & Enterprise
How a young, political upstart defeated a seasoned incumbent to become Hartford's mayor. "How Luke Bronin Captured The Primary" [Link] [PDF]
Amid a fiscal crisis, Hartford leaders said they're doing everything they can to limit spending. But a review by The Courant found that policies still exist allowing workers to accrue considerable sick and vacation time, leading to massive payouts. "Hartford Has Paid Millions of Dollars For Unused Sick And Vacation Time" [Link] [PDF]
Analysis of campaign contributions in Hartford's 2015 mayoral race. "Bronin Leads Segarra In Fundraising With National Coalition Of Donors" [Link] [PDF]
Features & Profiles
Profile of Hartford's new mayor, a Rhodes Scholar who raised more than $1 million in his first bid for elected office. "Mayor Luke Bronin Risking His Fortunes In Crucible Of Hartford Politics" [Link] [PDF]
For The Courant's 250th anniversary, the staff examined key trends throughout the paper's history and commemorated important events. This story examines the gang wars in Hartford that raged through the 1990s. "20 Years Ago, Shooting Death Drove City's War On Gang Violence" [Link] [PDF]
Profile of a Hartford muralist. "Colors of Hope; Artist Says Her Murals Can Help Brush Away Crime" [PDF] [Link no longer available]