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Suburban Taxpayers Subsidize Mayor’s Luxury Auto

Suburban Taxpayers Subsidize Mayor’s Luxury Auto

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...

Harvey Mayor Settles Up

Harvey Mayor Settles Up

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?

Lynwood Fires Cop Who Threw Punch

Lynwood Fires Cop Who Threw Punch

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.

So Much Civic Energy, So Few Good Candidates

So Much Civic Energy, So Few Good Candidates

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.

Following Legal Trouble, Ex-Prosecutor Eyes Job With Police

Following Legal Trouble, Ex-Prosecutor Eyes Job With Police

January 25, 2015 — COLUMN

While detained in 2012 for an off-duty incident, a now-former prosecutor had an ugly encounter with Chicago police. More recently, she inquired about a job with sheriff.

BGA Good Government Spotlight: Abner Mikva

BGA Good Government Spotlight: Abner Mikva

January 23, 2015 — GOOD GOVERNMENT

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Discusses Governance, Politics and Getting Illinois’ “Mojo” Back.

BGA Sues Rosemont Over Transparency

BGA Sues Rosemont Over Transparency

January 22, 2015 — PRESS RELEASE

Rosemont refuses to reveal financial records relating to entertainment venues, so BGA takes village to court for violating the state's open records law.

BGA Resumes Reform Push In Springfield As New Legislative Session Begins

BGA Resumes Reform Push In Springfield As New Legislative Session Begins

January 19, 2015 — COLUMN

It’s show time again in Springfield, and the supporting cast is the same as last year...

 
 
 

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Suburban Taxpayers Subsidize Mayor’s Luxury Auto

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...

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Harvey Mayor Settles Up

January 27, 2015

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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...

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Lynwood Fires Cop Who Threw Punch

January 26, 2015

South suburban police department knew for months about incident in which cop roughed up suspect, but disciplinary proceedings weren't initiated until...

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting recognize the best in government-related investigative reporting from across the Midwest region.

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BGA Live

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...

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What Does It Take To Be The Mayor Of Chicago?

January 27, 2015

During its Afternoon Shift program last Thursday, WBEZ-FM posed that question to BGA policy analyst Alden Loury and Sun-Times columnist and ABC7...

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BGA Sues Rosemont Over Transparency

January 22, 2015

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Rosemont refuses to reveal financial records relating to entertainment venues, so BGA takes village to court for violating the state's open records...

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Rahm Talks Reform With BGA's Shaw

December 19, 2014

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Chicago mayor delves into ethics, privatization and his plans for future.

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