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Better Government Association Wins Press Awards

Better Government Association Wins Press Awards

October 21, 2014 — PRESS RELEASE

BGA stories on Congressman Bobby Rush, ex-U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello and UNO are singled out for distinction by the Chicago Journalists Association.

No-Bid Trash Deal Emits Foul Odor In Cicero

No-Bid Trash Deal Emits Foul Odor In Cicero

October 20, 2014 — COLUMN

Cicero is back in the news, and not the famous Roman orator or the avenue in Chicago.

Indicted Attorney Weighs Suburban School Board Run

Indicted Attorney Weighs Suburban School Board Run

October 19, 2014 — COLUMN

Parent in Schiller Park elementary district, charged with felony theft and official misconduct, may run for seat on board of education. But this isn't the only flap in the public school system.

CPS Hires Clout-Heavy Firm Accused Of Fraud

CPS Hires Clout-Heavy Firm Accused Of Fraud

October 17, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Chicago Public Schools pays electrical contractor more than $3 million after it's barred by Emanuel administration for allegedly lying about ownership to get city contracts.

BGA’s newest hire: Watson the Watchdog!

BGA’s newest hire: Watson the Watchdog!

October 16, 2014 — Watson The Watchdog

At the BGA's Annual Luncheon on Oct. 14, the BGA introduced Watson the Watchdog — our new "watchdog in chief" — to a crowd of nearly 1,000 supporters.

Fighting Public Corruption — Over Lunch

Fighting Public Corruption — Over Lunch

October 13, 2014 — COLUMN

Lunch is a lot more than a midday meal when you run a nonprofit watchdog organization like the Better Government Association.

Illinois Public Hospitals Pay $180 Million For Wrongful Death Cases

Illinois Public Hospitals Pay $180 Million For Wrongful Death Cases

October 15, 2014 — RESCUING ILLINOIS

Illinois taxpayer-backed medical centers paid $180 million since 2004 for negligence cases after deaths,...

New Runway Controversy – This Time Not At O'Hare

New Runway Controversy – This Time Not At O'Hare

October 12, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Residents fear study by northwest suburban Chicago Executive Airport will lead to runway expansion, knocking out homes and increasing noise. Echoes of O'Hare debate.

 
 
 

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Indicted Attorney Weighs Suburban School Board Run

October 19, 2014

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Parent in Schiller Park elementary district, charged with felony theft and official misconduct, may run for seat on board of education. But this isn't...

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CPS Hires Clout-Heavy Firm Accused Of Fraud

October 17, 2014

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Chicago Public Schools pays electrical contractor more than $3 million after it's barred by Emanuel administration for allegedly lying about ownership...

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Illinois Hospitals Pay $180 Million For Deaths

October 15, 2014

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Payments range from multimillion dollar settlements to tens of thousands for 184 cases, a BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation found.

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Controversial Chicago State University president lives at sprawling Beverly home, tosses elegant bash for neighbors, alumni (October 9, 2014). Learn more...

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Better Government Association Wins Press Awards

October 21, 2014

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BGA stories on Congressman Bobby Rush, ex-U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello and UNO are singled out for distinction by the Chicago Journalists Association.

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BGA Updates Popular Pension Database

October 20, 2014

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Visitors to BGA web site can access retirement data on more than 400,000 public-sector retirees and their dependents throughout Illinois.

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"Connected to Chicago" Interviews Andy Shaw

October 14, 2014

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BGA CEO and President Andy Shaw sits down with "Connected to Chicago" 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron to discuss the latest in the race for governor.

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