May 21, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS
The BGA finds that Rivers Casino in Des Plaines hired a maintenance and security contractor whose president has had ties to reputed mob figures. Now the Illinois Gaming Board is investigating.
May 17, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS
Though some public employees have taken advantage of pension “sweeteners” over the years to boost benefits, political leaders also failed to keep pension systems adequately funded.
May 18, 2015 — COLUMN
We don’t expect to be loved when we carry out our watchdog mission. It’s enough to be respected, and perhaps appreciated.
May 17, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE
Rope hung in firefighter union official’s locker may reflect internal dissent in west suburban fire department as work rule changes are pushed through. Village says it’s “a lot about nothing.”
May 12, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS
Nearly two-dozen retired Chicago police officers are collecting taxpayer-supported pensions, and are now back on the city payroll.
May 11, 2015 — COLUMN
The landscape has indeed changed, so reform efforts have to change too.
May 10, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE
Top Cook County Criminal Courts judge is asked to recuse himself.
May 5, 2015 — THINK TANK
BGA beats back a bad FOIA bill; other reform efforts slowly advance.
May 24, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE
Calumet City’s government decides to pay alderman’s family $125,000 to buy their bar as part of initiative to reduce drinking establishments in the south suburb.
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May 24, 2015
Calumet City’s government decides to pay alderman’s family $125,000 to buy their bar as part of initiative to reduce drinking establishments in the...
May 21, 2015
The BGA finds that Rivers Casino in Des Plaines hired a maintenance and security contractor whose president has had ties to reputed mob figures. Now...
May 17, 2015
the BGA and Chicago Sun-Times
Though some public employees have taken advantage of pension “sweeteners” over the years to boost benefits, political leaders also failed to keep...
The BGA hosted Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times and current editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project at the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Investigative Reporting. Watch the interview and find out who took top honors..
May 12, 2015
Better Government Association Recognized For Outstanding Local Journalism
April 23, 2015
Two additional contests recognize Better Government Association’s news stories and online presence in 2014.
Better Government Association seeks data on officers missing work-related court appearances. CPD blows off request, violating state’s open records...