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Matteson Cries Poor But Spends Big

Matteson Cries Poor But Spends Big

March 1, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Staring down a nearly $8 million budget deficit next year, the Village of Matteson may draw down its public-safety work force significantly – with possible layoffs of 13 cops and eight firefighters.

BGA's Loury Talks Mayoral Race on CAN-TV

BGA's Loury Talks Mayoral Race on CAN-TV

February 27, 2015 — THINK TANK

BGA Senior Policy Analyst Alden Loury appeared on CAN-TV's "Political Forum" show this week to talk with host Teresa Cordova about the outcome of Tuesday's mayoral election...

New Book Chronicles Illinois' Disgraceful "Culture of Corruption"

New Book Chronicles Illinois' Disgraceful "Culture of Corruption"

February 23, 2015 — COLUMN

It's all there. Dishonest Chicago aldermen, crooked Cook County pols, sleazy suburban overlords and untoward state officials.

No Lift-Off Yet – Peotone Plan Faces Tough Critique

No Lift-Off Yet – Peotone Plan Faces Tough Critique

February 22, 2015 — COLUMN

Potential developers and investors in a proposed south suburban airport point out risks, weaknesses in the idea.

Fight For Good Government Requires Access To Public Docs

Fight For Good Government Requires Access To Public Docs

February 15, 2015 — COLUMN

"The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

Clout College – Back In Session?

Clout College – Back In Session?

February 15, 2015 — COLUMN

State legislator tries to resurrect controversial General Assembly scholarship program, which was abolished in 2012 amid concerns that politics and connections dictated which students got tuition waivers.

Staff Overtime Soars At Illinois Prisons

Staff Overtime Soars At Illinois Prisons

February 14, 2015 — RESCUING ILLINOIS

The state Department of Corrections racked up a whopping $320 million in overtime and additional compensation pay over five years, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report reveals.

 
 
 

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Chicago Suburb Warns Of Police, Fire Layoffs

March 1, 2015

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Staring down a nearly $8 million budget deficit next year, the Village of Matteson may draw down its public-safety work force significantly – with...

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No Lift-Off Yet – Peotone Plan Faces Tough Critiqu

February 22, 2015

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Potential developers and investors in a proposed south suburban airport point out risks, weaknesses in the idea.

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Clout College – Back In Session?

February 15, 2015

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State legislator tries to resurrect controversial General Assembly scholarship program, which was abolished in 2012 amid concerns that politics and...

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Abner Mikva carries a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution in his suit jacket. When he's searching for inspiration, or seeking assurance about the direction of our country, he pulls out the dog-eared paperback (January 23, 2015). Learn more...

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Andy Shaw Talks Chicago’s Mayoral Election Results

February 25, 2015

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The president and CEO of The Better Government Association talks about the results of the mayoral election.

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Public Transparency Stinks At Sanitary District

February 24, 2015

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District officer allegedly makes racial remarks, boasts of drinking on the clock – while being recorded over a police...

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BGA assesses Mayor Emanuel on Transparency

January 30, 2015

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BGA senior policy analyst Alden Loury gave Emanuel a 'C' for his administration's transparency efforts while making an appearance on WBEZ-FM on...

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