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City Pound Leaves Pooch In Van For Five Nights

City Pound Leaves Pooch In Van For Five Nights

April 24, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

In the latest embarrassment for Mayor Emanuel’s animal welfare agency, city workers apparently forgot that a dog was inside a cage in a city vehicle for nearly a week.

Rauner Gambling Board Pick Leads Group With Casino Ties

Rauner Gambling Board Pick Leads Group With Casino Ties

April 26, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Hector Alejandre heads a law enforcement association that received donations from Rivers Casino – which he is regulating after Gov. Rauner appointed him to the Illinois Gaming Board.

Biggest IL Governments Teeter On Edge Of Fiscal Cliff

Biggest IL Governments Teeter On Edge Of Fiscal Cliff

April 27, 2015 — COLUMN

There’s red ink flowing over every level of government—villages, towns, cities, and, of course, the State of Illinois.

Taking A Hit In Melrose Park

Taking A Hit In Melrose Park

April 27, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Arrest of detective on drug charges is just the latest problem with Melrose Park Police Department.

BGA Nominated For More Journalism Awards

BGA Nominated For More Journalism Awards

April 23, 2015 — BGA NEWS

Two additional contests recognize Better Government Association’s news stories and online presence in 2014.

BGA Sues Chicago Police Department – Again

BGA Sues Chicago Police Department – Again

April 23, 2015 — BGA NEWS

BGA seeks data on officers missing work-related court appearances. CPD blows off request, violating state’s open records law, so BGA files lawsuit.

Game Of (Pension) Pick-Up In Public Schools

Game Of (Pension) Pick-Up In Public Schools

April 13, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Many Chicago-area school systems cover pension contributions for teachers and administrators – a little known and, for taxpayers, potentially costly benefit.

 Let's Score Reform Runs In Final Legislative Innings

Let's Score Reform Runs In Final Legislative Innings

April 20, 2015 — COLUMN

At the Better Government Association, we’re also following another “season”—the annual legislative session in Springfield.

 
 
 

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Rauner Gambling Pick Leads Group With Casino Ties

April 26, 2015

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Hector Alejandre heads a law enforcement association that received donations from Rivers Casino – which he is regulating after Gov. Rauner appointed...

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City Pound Leaves Pooch In Van For Five Nights

April 24, 2015

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In the latest embarrassment for Mayor Emanuel’s animal welfare agency, city workers apparently forgot that a dog was inside a cage in a city vehicle...

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Game Of (Pension) Pick-Up In Public Schools

April 13, 2015

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Many Chicago-area school systems cover pension contributions for teachers and administrators – a little known and, for taxpayers, potentially costly...

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As part of the Better Government Association's expanding policy and civic engagement efforts in the state capital, the BGA Springfield Advisory Board hosted "FOIA Facts & Friction: The Future Of Open Records Laws in Illinois" on Tuesday, March 24. Learn more...

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BGA Nominated For More Journalism Awards

April 23, 2015

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Two additional contests recognize Better Government Association’s news stories and online presence in 2014.

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BGA Sues Chicago Police Department – Again

April 23, 2015

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Better Government Association seeks data on officers missing work-related court appearances. CPD blows off request, violating state’s open records...

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BGA Updates, Upgrades Popular Payroll Database

April 16, 2015

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Better Government Association adds new salary information on public-sector workers throughout Chicago region, Illinois.

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