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Single Step On Long Road To City Council Ethics Reform

Single Step On Long Road To City Council Ethics Reform

July 14, 2014 — COLUMN

The Emanuel administration apparently made enough progress in wringing illegal politics out of hiring, firing and promotions at City Hall...

Water Woes

Water Woes

July 20, 2014 — COLUMN

Three property owners in different parts of the Chicago region encounter severe water and sewer troubles – and discover government isn't always able or willing to help.

'Crash Tax' A Troubling Jolt For Distressed Drivers

'Crash Tax' A Troubling Jolt For Distressed Drivers

July 21, 2014 — COLUMN

One of our jobs at the Better Government Association is to look for warning signs that suggest trouble may be on the way.

IHSA Balks, Better Government Association Sues

IHSA Balks, Better Government Association Sues

July 23, 2014 — PRESS RELEASE

Illinois High School Association regulates athletics at public schools, holds events at public facilities and derives income from public events – but won’t submit to transparency laws. So BGA takes group to court.

House Ethics Panel Investigates U.S. Rep. Rush

House Ethics Panel Investigates U.S. Rep. Rush

July 25, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

BGA/Sun-Times probe sparks wider congressional inquiry.

Questions Abound At City Pound

Questions Abound At City Pound

July 27, 2014 — COLUMN

Why did Emanuel administration hire official with checkered past and no animal welfare experience to help run Chicago’s taxpayer-funded animal shelter?

Doomsday For Illinois? The Fiscal Clock Is Ticking.

Doomsday For Illinois? The Fiscal Clock Is Ticking.

July 28, 2014 — COLUMN

Remember the ominous "Doomsday Clock" with its symbolic "countdown" to a global disaster like nuclear war, and more recently, climate change?

New Watchdog, New Conflicts

New Watchdog, New Conflicts

July 28, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Downstate attorney is appointed new inspector general for the Illinois Legislature, but he and his firm have ties to top lawmakers, raising questions about his independence.

 
 
 

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New Watchdog, New Conflicts

July 28, 2014

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Downstate attorney is appointed new inspector general for the Illinois Legislature, but he and his firm have ties to top lawmakers, raising questions...

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House Ethics Panel Investigates U.S. Rep. Rush

July 25, 2014

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BGA/Sun-Times probe sparks wider congressional inquiry.

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Crash Grab

July 9, 2014

Katie Drews/BGA, with NBC 5

More victims of car accidents may have to foot the bill for first responders as so-called "crash tax" gains popularity with local fire departments.

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More victims of car accidents may have to foot the bill for first responders as so-called "crash tax" gains popularity with local fire departments (July 9, 2014). Learn more...

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IHSA Balks, Better Government Association Sues

July 23, 2014

Illinois High School Association regulates athletics at public schools, holds events at public facilities and derives income from public events – but...

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WBBM's Craig Dellimore Interviews BGA's Andy Shaw

July 7, 2014

"At Issue" WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore interviews BGA CEO and President Andy Shaw as he marks five years at the helm of the government...

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Navy Pier Records Withheld, BGA Sues

June 23, 2014

McPier and nonprofit spinoff refuse to release public records on Navy Pier, a popular taxpayer-owned tourist destination. Better Government...

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