December 4, 2013 — GOOD GOVERNMENT SPOTLIGHT
The Illinois comptroller's new online site showcases muni finances and is part of a growing trend to release more data to the people.
December 2, 2013 — RESCUING ILLINOIS
A BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation explores the glut of closed public facilities and why they are becoming a strain on communities statewide.
December 1, 2013 — COLUMN
Dorothy Brown says it's a "personal" matter, but the state's economic interest and campaign finance disclosure requirements may not agree with the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk's lack of transparency after a windfall profit on a land deal.
November 25, 2013 — INVESTIGATION
Campaign donor gives Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown's husband a building worth $100,000. Why? And why didn't Brown disclose the freebie as apparently required?
November 25, 2013 — COLUMN
Question: What proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, that Chicago aldermen need a financial watchdog to help them analyze an administration’s mega-buck spending, borrowing and contracting proposals?
November 24, 2013 — COLUMN
Here’s the inherent dilemma that keeps me up at night as the head of a full-service anti-corruption watchdog organization...
November 18, 2013 — INVESTIGATION
Gray & Co., the main adviser to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's billion-dollar pension fund, is under SEC investigation. Should Chicago taxpayers be worried?
November 17, 2013 — COLUMN
Students of the Cold War remember the "domino theory," the prevailing argument for American military involvement in Vietnam.
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December 02, 2013
November 25, 2013
BGA and FOX 32
Campaign donor gives Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown's husband a building worth $100,000. Why? And why didn't Brown disclose the freebie as...
November 18, 2013
Gray & Co., the main adviser to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's billion-dollar pension fund, is under SEC investigation. Should Chicago...
NBC's Lester Holt speaks at the Better Government Association's 90th Anniversary Luncheon in Chicago (Nov. 7, 2013). Learn more...
November 26, 2013
BGA's Emily Miller weighs in on pension loophole.
BGA President and CEO Andy Shaw spoke at the Citizens Club of Springfield's Policy Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.
November 14, 2013
Andy Shaw brought the BGA's watchdog message to the western suburbs on Wednesday, November 13th.