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IDOT Court Monitor Issues Initial Recommendations

IDOT Court Monitor Issues Initial Recommendations

March 6, 2015 — INVESTIGATORS' NOTEBOOK

Reforms are proposed for Illinois Department of Transportation in wake of patronage scandal first uncovered by Better Government Association.

Rauner's Long Shot: Right-to-Work Zones

Rauner's Long Shot: Right-to-Work Zones

March 4, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

Governor's employee "empowerment" tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.

Matteson Changes Tune On Police And Fire Layoffs

Matteson Changes Tune On Police And Fire Layoffs

March 3, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

After a Better Government Association investigation on questionable spending, Matteson’s elected officials decide against terminating police officers and firefighters, for now.

No Bonfires: Retain Police Misconduct Records

No Bonfires: Retain Police Misconduct Records

March 2, 2015 — THINK TANK

In a court brief, the BGA advocates for protecting, preserving key files.

Nepotism Unethical In Glendale Heights And Other Public Offices

Nepotism Unethical In Glendale Heights And Other Public Offices

March 2, 2015 — COLUMN

In Glendale Heights, your chances of getting a government job appear to be greatly enhanced if you’re related to the boss.

Matteson Cries Poor But Spends Big

Matteson Cries Poor But Spends Big

March 1, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Staring down a nearly $8 million budget deficit next year, the Village of Matteson may draw down its public-safety work force significantly – with possible layoffs of 13 cops and eight firefighters.

BGA's Loury Talks Mayoral Race on CAN-TV

BGA's Loury Talks Mayoral Race on CAN-TV

February 27, 2015 — THINK TANK

BGA Senior Policy Analyst Alden Loury appeared on CAN-TV's "Political Forum" show this week to talk with host Teresa Cordova about the outcome of Tuesday's mayoral election...

 
 
 

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Rauner's Long Shot: Right-to-Work Zones

March 4, 2015

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Governor's employee "empowerment" tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.

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Matteson Changes Tune On Police And Fire Layoffs

March 3, 2015

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After a Better Government Association investigation on questionable spending, Matteson’s elected officials decide against terminating police officers...

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Chicago Suburb Warns Of Police, Fire Layoffs

March 1, 2015

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Staring down a nearly $8 million budget deficit next year, the Village of Matteson may draw down its public-safety work force significantly – with...

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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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BGA On WBEZ's "Afternoon Shift"

March 3, 2015

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BGA's regular monthly appearance on WBEZ's "Afternoon Shift".

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Andy Shaw Talks Chicago’s Mayoral Election Results

February 25, 2015

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The president and CEO of The Better Government Association talks about the results of the mayoral election.

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Public Transparency Stinks At Sanitary District

February 24, 2015

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District officer allegedly makes racial remarks, boasts of drinking on the clock – while being recorded over a police...

BGA: By The Numbers Since 2009

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109
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