Sandra Svoboda


Five tips on getting info from Michigan governments without going broke

February 15, 2018 | Sandra Svoboda

Filing a FOIA is often an exercise in frustration in Michigan. Here’s some tips on making the process somewhat less painful.

A Mexican immigrant’s past was no big deal in California. But deportable once he moved to Michigan.

February 24, 2017 | Sandra Svoboda

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether the man, convicted of having sex with his underage girlfriend, should be allowed back into the U.S.

Refugees in Michigan by the numbers

January 31, 2017 | Sandra Svoboda

People from six of seven countries named in President Trump’s temporary immigration ban have come to Michigan in the last 15 years. Here are the data.

Detroit pension funds under pressure to reach ‘Grand Bargain’ goals

August 2, 2016 | Sandra Svoboda

Early payments to city retirement funds from the state and the Detroit Institute of Arts were heavily discounted, which means the troubled pensions must produce even bigger returns over two decades.

Detroit by the numbers – the truth about poverty

March 19, 2015 | Sandra Svoboda

Separating fact from fiction, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative digs into the difference between what’s enough money to survive versus the amount needed to be stable.

Legislature weighs 2 bills to aid wrongly convicted felons

December 4, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda

Bipartisan bills to ensure DNA testing is available for some convicted felons and to compensate those who are wrongly convicted remain stalled in Lansing.

Regular Detroiters get their day in bankruptcy court

October 16, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes gave 15 ordinary Detroit retirees, appearing without lawyers, an opportunity to appear at the city’s bankruptcy trial to voice their objection to the restructuring plan.

Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda

Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.

New private Duggan fund to support 'Detroit’s agenda'

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda, Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.