Recent Stories

31

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On The Craig Fahle Show: The man behind the “Grand Bargain”

Detroit Free Press reporter Nathan Bomey speaks with Craig Fahle about Ron Weiser, a successful Ann Arbor businessman, the former U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, and former head of the Michigan Republican Party. Bomey reports Weiser was in on early talks to raise funds to safeguard the art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and help the city through bankruptcy.

31

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Bankruptcy Trial Delay: Judges pushes start date a week

Writing that “the record does establish extraordinary cause for the limited adjournments of hearing dates and the limited extensions of deadlines,” Judge Steven Rhodes moved the start date for Detroit’s bankruptcy “trial” a week into the future. The confirmation hearing on the city’s Plan of Adjustment, as the court sessions are formally known, is scheduled […]

31

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Latest Plan of Adjustment: See the changes from previous versions

The city filed an updated Plan of Adjustment this week, and it reflects the myriad happenings since the previous version was entered into the court record in early May: The Michigan Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills providing $195 million for pension funding as well as oversight of the city’s finances. […]

29

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Detroit insolvent prior to Chapter 9 filing

A new report finds that Detroit was not just broke but actually insolvent weeks before the city filed for bankruptcy last summer. Here’s what WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter reports: For many years Detroit officials were known for delaying the release of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – an audit of just how well it kept […]

29

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

In Bridge: Detroit fire fighters and city change decades of promotions policies

The city of Detroit and the union that represents firefighters have reached a tentative agreement to overhaul the fire department’s 128-year-old promotional system that mayors have tried to overturn for nearly half a century. Writing for Bridge Magazine, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, Bill McGraw explains how revolutionary the agreement is.

25

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On MiWeek: WDET’s Sandra Svoboda reviews voting results, feasibility report

On DPTV’s weekly news program, host Christy McDonald interviews Sandra Svoboda about the results of the pensioners’ voting, what the vote means, how a consultant’s feasibility report views the city’s restructuring efforts and what’s next in the historic bankruptcy case.

24

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On The Craig Fahle Show: The DJC looks at Mayor Duggan’s fundraising

As part of WDET’s partnership in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, WDET’s Bankruptcy Reporter and Next Chapter Detroit Blogger Sandra Svoboda teamed up with Bridge Magazine’s Mike Wilkinson to look at Mayor Mike Duggan’s campaign finances. They look at his Super PAC from last year’s election, and discuss the other fundraising efforts he has underway. Theircollaborative reports are the first to document Duggan’s campaign finances and […]

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Next Chapter Detroit is a place to explore and understand the city’s bankruptcy, its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications. Powered by coverage and conversations from the media outlets of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, the site provides fact-based reporting from trusted sources and opportunities for citizen engagement.

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda is your site guide. A veteran Detroit journalist and 24-year area resident, she’ll share stories, add insight and ask questions to help decode the bankruptcy process and the city’s restructuring.

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