February 1, 2015 — COLUMN
Family members of municipal officials in Chicago-area communities – such as Glendale Heights, Summit and Calumet City – end up on public payrolls. Are connections or qualifications in play?
January 29, 2015 — THINK TANK
Mayoral hopefuls outline their reform plans and touch on some familiar themes in the BGA Mayoral Questionnaire.
January 29, 2015 — POLICY
City Hall aspirants respond to the 2015 BGA Chicago Mayoral Questionnaire, addressing major issues facing the next Mayor of Chicago.
January 28, 2015 — INVESTIGATION
Melrose Park mayor gets new Jaguar, and starts taking $500 monthly stipend from the municipal government to help cover vehicle expenses. Village officials say arrangement actually represents a savings...
January 27, 2015 — INVESTIGATION
Mayor of troubled south suburb pays elections board $72,750 for alleged campaign-finance violations – meaning he’ll now be able to appear on the ballot this spring. But where’d that money come from?
January 26, 2015 — INVESTIGATION
South suburban police department knew for months about incident in which cop roughed up suspect, but disciplinary proceedings weren't initiated until after repeated inquiries from BGA/CBS2.
January 26, 2015 — COLUMN
We had a highly competitive, in-your-face governor's race last fall that still failed to get even half of Illinois' registered voters to cast ballots.
January 23, 2015 — GOOD GOVERNMENT
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Discusses Governance, Politics and Getting Illinois’ “Mojo” Back.
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February 1, 2015
Family members of municipal officials in Chicago-area communities – such as Glendale Heights, Summit and Calumet City – end up on public payrolls. Are...
January 28, 2015
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Melrose Park mayor gets new Jaguar, and starts taking $500 monthly stipend from the municipal government to help cover vehicle expenses. Village...
January 27, 2015
Mayor of troubled south suburb pays elections board $72,750 for alleged campaign-finance violations – meaning he’ll now be able to appear on the...
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting recognize the best in government-related investigative reporting from across the Midwest region.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, January 31, 2015.
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...
January 30, 2015
BGA senior policy analyst Alden Loury gave Emanuel a 'C' for his administration's transparency efforts while making an appearance on WBEZ-FM on...
January 29, 2015
In one of the first mayoral candidate forums of the election season, mayoral candidates Alderman Robert W. "Bob" Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson...
Six candidates running in the brand new 2nd Ward addressed a packed room at the Drake Hotel last Thursday evening.