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Poof! An Illinois Township Vanishes

Poof! An Illinois Township Vanishes

September 17, 2014 — GOOD GOVERNMENT

Evanston is model for the state's 'Smart Streamlining' initiative and there's more government consolidation on the way.

Rent Check

Rent Check

September 15, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Clout-heavy landlords – including a future member of the Obama cabinet – make big money from taxpayers by building and leasing FBI's new Chicago headquarters. Why didn't the feds just build the structure themselves?

Pension Crisis Also Roiling Suburban Police & Fire Pensions

Pension Crisis Also Roiling Suburban Police & Fire Pensions

September 15, 2014 — COLUMN

Unless you've been living in the Deep Tunnel, you've probably heard the State of Illinois is facing a daunting public employee pension crisis, and Chicago...

Municipal Official's Hiring A Family Affair

Municipal Official's Hiring A Family Affair

September 14, 2014 — COLUMN

Summit's now-former village administrator had none of the usual skills for the job, but he had a big booster in his uncle – the mayor of the south suburb.

BGA, NBC Sue CPS For Violating Open Records Law

BGA, NBC Sue CPS For Violating Open Records Law

September 12, 2014 — PRESS RELEASE

Complaint contends that Chicago Public Schools withholds records in violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act; fails to follow transparency requirements.

Video Violence

Video Violence

September 11, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Lynwood police officer is shown on surveillance footage allegedly shoving, punching handcuffed prisoner inside police station. Did officials try to cover up the incident?

BGA Calls On Suburb’s Leaders To Pass Reforms

BGA Calls On Suburb’s Leaders To Pass Reforms

September 11, 2014 — THINK TANK

The BGA’s CEO urges Village of Summit’s board to pass and enforce protocols that will help protect the public from cronyism and dubious business practices.

IL Voters Deserve More Straight Talk from Quinn & Rauner

IL Voters Deserve More Straight Talk from Quinn & Rauner

September 8, 2014 — COLUMN

The latest is Gov. Pat Quinn, whose administration is still reeling from an Illinois Department of Transportation hiring scandal a year after the Better Government Association broke the story.

 
 
 

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Obama Aide, Daley Pal Cash In On FBI Project

September 15, 2014

Chuck Neubauer and Sandy Bergo/BGA

Clout-heavy landlords – including a future member of the Obama cabinet – make big money from taxpayers by building and leasing FBI's new Chicago...

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Municipal Official's Hiring A Family Affair

September 14, 2014

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Summit's now-former village administrator had none of the usual skills for the job, but he had a big booster in his uncle – the mayor of the south...

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Video Shows Cop Allegedly Hit Handcuffed Suspect

September 11, 2014

Andrew Schroedter/BGA and Pam Zekman/CBS2

Lynwood police officer is shown on surveillance footage allegedly shoving, punching handcuffed prisoner inside police station. Did officials try to...

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BGA Live

As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term winds down, the Better Government Association is revisiting some of the major "good government" reforms introduced at the outset of his administration with an eye toward determining how much, if any, progress has been made (September 3, 2014). Learn more...

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BGA, NBC Sue CPS For Violating Open Records Law

September 12, 2014

Complaint contends that Chicago Public Schools withholds records in violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act; fails to follow transparency...

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Government Consolidation Bill Becomes State Law

August 20, 2014

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BGA-supported "Smart Streamlining" effort gains momentum.

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BGA Launches Suburban Schools Database

August 15, 2014

New portal includes payrolls, budgets, and teacher and administrator contracts, among other documents, covering roughly 150 public school districts in...

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