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 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.

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.

Mike Madigan's Folly? Don't Be So Sure

Mike Madigan's Folly? Don't Be So Sure

April 11, 2015 — RESCUING ILLINOIS

The Speaker’s so-called ‘millionaires’ tax’ could have legs despite intense opposition from powerful opponents, including the governor, says a BGA Rescuing Illinois report.

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ACTION ALERT: Stop Rita's Bad FOIA Bill

April 14, 2015 — ACTION ALERT

Lawmaker pushes a bad law that injures the public's right to know what some cities, villages and towns are doing with tax dollars and public assets.

Despite Mayoral Loss, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia A Pension Winner

Despite Mayoral Loss, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia A Pension Winner

April 12, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Unsuccessful mayoral candidate will see his government pensions rise after retroactively contributing to city pension fund, covering his long-ago time in City Council.

Suburbs Need Internal Watchdogs to Hold Officials Accountable

Suburbs Need Internal Watchdogs to Hold Officials Accountable

April 13, 2015 — COLUMN

Investigative reporters and groups like the BGA watch from the outside, but someone—preferably an independent inspector general with broad powers— should be watching from the inside.

BGA Joins Legal Fight To Preserve Police Records

BGA Joins Legal Fight To Preserve Police Records

April 6, 2015 — COLUMN

Consider: It’s cost Chicago taxpayers more than $500 million to settle brutality lawsuits over the last decade.

 
 
 

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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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Despite Mayoral Loss,“Chuy”Garcia A Pension Winner

April 12, 2015

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Unsuccessful mayoral candidate will see his government pensions rise after retroactively contributing to city pension fund, covering his long-ago time...

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Mike Madigan's Folly? Don't Be So Sure

April 11, 2015

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The Speaker’s so-called ‘millionaires’ tax’ could have legs despite intense opposition from powerful opponents, including the governor, says a BGA...

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BGA Live

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 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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BGA Nominated For 23 Lisagors

March 27, 2015

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The Better Government Association’s investigative reporting team and media partners have been nominated by the Chicago Headline Club for 23 Peter...

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BGA Sues To Get Koschman Records

March 13, 2015

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Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, Emanuel administration refuse to turn over documents related to Koschman/Vanecko investigation, so Better Government...

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