December 22, 2014 — COLUMN
Once upon a time, Illinois was known as the "Wild West" of campaign finance...
December 22, 2014 — INVESTIGATORS' NOTEBOOK
With a bit of Grinch-like remorse, the Illinois Department of Transportation called off Christmas-week appraisals of properties in the path of the proposed Illiana expressway.
December 21, 2014 — COLUMN
Controversial south suburban mayor refuses to pay tens of thousands of dollars in campaign finance-related fines. The state elections board may seek to strip him from ballot.
December 19, 2014 — BGA EVENT
Chicago mayor delves into ethics, privatization and his plans for future.
December 19, 2014 — INVESTIGATION
Thornton Township youth services director, who helps oversee drug counseling in south suburbs, is part of private group seeking state permission to grow medicinal pot.
December 18, 2014 — BGA EVENT
Governor-elect discusses State's Fiscal Crisis During Sangamo Club luncheon.
December 15, 2014 — COLUMN
In my wildest dreams — cynics might call them my worst nightmares — the Better Government Association has a hundred employees, a budget of $20 million a year...
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December 21, 2014
Controversial south suburban mayor refuses to pay tens of thousands of dollars in campaign finance-related fines. The state elections board may seek...
December 19, 2014
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Thornton Township youth services director, who helps oversee drug counseling in south suburbs, is part of private group seeking state permission to...
December 14, 2014
Trying to find out nutritional information – including fat, calorie and salt content – on cafeteria offerings at Chicago Public Schools is no easy...
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Debt-burdened local governments explore the contentious option of going to court to cut, reorganize and dump their financial obligations, a Rescuing Illinois report reveals. (December 6, 2014). Learn more...
December 18, 2014
December 2, 2014
The Better Government Association is pleased to announce the election of a new leadership team for our Board of Directors in 2015 and 2016.