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Despite Reforms, Pension Spiking Still Stinging Taxpayers

Despite Reforms, Pension Spiking Still Stinging Taxpayers

August 2, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Roughly 450 municipalities have given employees end-of-career raises in recent years that translated to higher pensions. Taxpayers are paying the price in more ways than one.

No Teeth In Ethics Rules For Illinois Lawmakers

No Teeth In Ethics Rules For Illinois Lawmakers

August 3, 2015 — COLUMN

Illinois is about average when it comes to transparency, accountability and conflicts of interest, but has shortcomings.

Emanuel, Alderman Introduce Long-Awaited Privatization Ordinance

Emanuel, Alderman Introduce Long-Awaited Privatization Ordinance

July 29, 2015 — POLICY

Ordinance designed to prevent another fiasco like the parking meter deal is introduced in Chicago City Council.

BGA Files Series Of Pro-Transparency Lawsuits

BGA Files Series Of Pro-Transparency Lawsuits

July 29, 2015 — BGA NEWS

Better Government Association sues Emanuel and Rauner administrations, as well as State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, for failing to comply with state’s open records law.

Lawmaker Conflict? Illinois Stuck In The Middle

Lawmaker Conflict? Illinois Stuck In The Middle

July 28, 2015 — THINK TANK

Despite political flare-ups, Illinois in middle of national pack when it comes to key ethics laws, practices, BGA finds.

BGA Urges Preckwinkle To Dust Off Quigley Reform Plan

BGA Urges Preckwinkle To Dust Off Quigley Reform Plan

July 27, 2015 — COLUMN

Cook County should revisit the plan projected to save more than $130M in one year.

Fatal Shootings By Chicago Police: Tops Among Biggest U.S. Cities

Fatal Shootings By Chicago Police: Tops Among Biggest U.S. Cities

July 26, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Chicago police have shot and killed 70 people over a five-year period.

O'Hare Airport Tops In Nation With Noise Complaints

O'Hare Airport Tops In Nation With Noise Complaints

July 21, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Of top 10 busiest airports in America, O'Hare's noise complaints were far and away the most voluminous in 2014.

 
 
 

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Despite Reforms, Pension Spiking Still Stings

August 2, 2015

Patrick Rehkamp/BGA

Roughly 450 municipalities have given employees end-of-career raises in recent years that translated to higher pensions. Taxpayers are paying the...

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Fatal Shootings By CPD: Tops Among Big U.S. Cities

July 26, 2015

Andrew Schroedter/BGA

Chicago police have shot and killed 70 people over a five-year period, the highest number among America’s 10 largest cities.​

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O'Hare Airport Tops Nation With Noise Complaints

July 21, 2015

Rosalind Rossi

Of top 10 busiest airports in America, O'Hare's noise complaints were far and away the most voluminous in 2014.

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BGA Live

The BGA hosted Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times and current editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project at the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Investigative Reporting. Watch the interview and find out who took top honors..

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BGA Files Series Of Pro-Transparency Lawsuits

July 29, 2015

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Better Government Association sues Emanuel and Rauner administrations, as well as State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, for failing to comply with state’s...

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BGA Wins Associated Press Media Award

June 16, 2015

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The Better Government Association and the Chicago Sun-Times won an Associated Press award for enterprise reporting for an investigative story on a...

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Pothole? Abandoned Car? There’s an App For That…

May 26, 2015

John T. Slania

Tech advances make it quicker, easier to connect with City Hall with concerns, complaints.​

BGA: By The Numbers Since 2009

405
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114
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11,500
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