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The Prince Of Pensions

The Prince Of Pensions

November 18, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Former Congressman Glenn Poshard, who lost the governor's race in 1998, is collecting more than $200,000 a year, in total, from four taxpayer-funded pensions – one of the largest takes among retired Illinois politicians.

Biz Lights Up For Illinois Medical Marijuana

Biz Lights Up For Illinois Medical Marijuana

November 17, 2014 — RESCUING ILLINOIS

Wealthy investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion as new law takes off, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report reveals.

BGA Urges State Lawmakers to Protect Open Records Law

BGA Urges State Lawmakers to Protect Open Records Law

November 17, 2014 — COLUMN

Bad ideas, unlike fine wine, don't get better with age. And that's especially true of HB 3796, a bill that would weaken FOIA, the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Bad Call?

Bad Call?

November 16, 2014 — COLUMN

A suburban cop quits amid allegations that he tipped off partygoers before his fellow officers responded to raucous hotel get-together.

BGA, Union League Host Lucas Museum Forum

BGA, Union League Host Lucas Museum Forum

November 13, 2014 — POLICY

Panel discussed proposed museum's location, design and relationship to community.

Congressional Investigators Not Done With Bobby Rush

Congressional Investigators Not Done With Bobby Rush

November 11, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Prompted by BGA/Sun-Times stories, U.S. House Ethics Committee forges ahead with probe into Congressman Rush’s campaign finances as report finds he may have broken state and federal law.

BGA To Governor-Elect Rauner: Let's Discuss Your Reform Plans Over Lunch

BGA To Governor-Elect Rauner: Let's Discuss Your Reform Plans Over Lunch

November 10, 2014 — COLUMN

Please join us at a Better Government Association luncheon in Springfield on Tuesday, Nov. 18...

 
 
 

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Poshard, The Prince Of Pensions

November 18, 2014

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Former Congressman Glenn Poshard, who lost the governor's race in 1998, is collecting more than $200,000 a year, in total, from four taxpayer-funded...

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Biz Lights Up For Illinois Medical Marijuana

November 17, 2014

Kari Lydersen

Wealthy investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion as new law takes off, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report reveals.

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Hoffman Estates Cop Resigns Amid Misconduct Claim

November 16, 2014

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A suburban cop quits amid allegations that he tipped off partygoers before his fellow officers responded to raucous hotel get-together.

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BGA Live

The BGA and the Union League Club of Chicago co-hosted a panel discussion Wednesday on the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, airing issues about the project before an audience of about 100 people and a wider viewing group online. (November 12, 2014). Learn more...

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Andy Shaw Addresses Chicago Tax Club

November 6, 2014

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400 tax professionals gathered to hear Andy Shaw speak at the Chicago Tax Club's 61st Annual Fall Seminar.

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BGA Sues CPD Over Transparency

October 22, 2014

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Better Government Association lawsuit accuses CPD of violating the state's open records law by refusing to respond to document requests. This is just...

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Better Government Association Wins Press Awards

October 21, 2014

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BGA stories on Congressman Bobby Rush, ex-U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello and UNO are singled out for distinction by the Chicago Journalists Association.

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