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It’s All Relative In Chicago’s Suburbs

It’s All Relative In Chicago’s Suburbs

February 1, 2015 — COLUMN

Family members of municipal officials in Chicago-area communities – such as Glendale Heights, Summit and Calumet City – end up on public payrolls. Are connections or qualifications in play?

Mayoral Hopefuls Talk Cops, Schools and TIFs

Mayoral Hopefuls Talk Cops, Schools and TIFs

January 29, 2015 — THINK TANK

Mayoral hopefuls outline their reform plans and touch on some familiar themes in the BGA Mayoral Questionnaire.

2015 Chicago Mayoral Election Questionnaire

2015 Chicago Mayoral Election Questionnaire

January 29, 2015 — POLICY

City Hall aspirants respond to the 2015 BGA Chicago Mayoral Questionnaire, addressing major issues facing the next Mayor of Chicago.

Suburban Taxpayers Subsidize Mayor’s Luxury Auto

Suburban Taxpayers Subsidize Mayor’s Luxury Auto

January 28, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

Melrose Park mayor gets new Jaguar, and starts taking $500 monthly stipend from the municipal government to help cover vehicle expenses. Village officials say arrangement actually represents a savings...

Harvey Mayor Settles Up

Harvey Mayor Settles Up

January 27, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

Mayor of troubled south suburb pays elections board $72,750 for alleged campaign-finance violations – meaning he’ll now be able to appear on the ballot this spring. But where’d that money come from?

Lynwood Fires Cop Who Threw Punch

Lynwood Fires Cop Who Threw Punch

January 26, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

South suburban police department knew for months about incident in which cop roughed up suspect, but disciplinary proceedings weren't initiated until after repeated inquiries from BGA/CBS2.

So Much Civic Energy, So Few Good Candidates

So Much Civic Energy, So Few Good Candidates

January 26, 2015 — COLUMN

We had a highly competitive, in-your-face governor's race last fall that still failed to get even half of Illinois' registered voters to cast ballots.

BGA Good Government Spotlight: Abner Mikva

BGA Good Government Spotlight: Abner Mikva

January 23, 2015 — GOOD GOVERNMENT

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Discusses Governance, Politics and Getting Illinois’ “Mojo” Back.

 
 
 

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It’s All Relative In Chicago’s Suburbs

February 1, 2015

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Family members of municipal officials in Chicago-area communities – such as Glendale Heights, Summit and Calumet City – end up on public payrolls. Are...

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Suburban Taxpayers Subsidize Mayor’s Luxury Auto

January 28, 2015

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Melrose Park mayor gets new Jaguar, and starts taking $500 monthly stipend from the municipal government to help cover vehicle expenses. Village...

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Harvey Mayor Settles Up

January 27, 2015

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Mayor of troubled south suburb pays elections board $72,750 for alleged campaign-finance violations – meaning he’ll now be able to appear on the...

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting recognize the best in government-related investigative reporting from across the Midwest region.

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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 assesses Mayor Emanuel on Transparency

January 30, 2015

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BGA senior policy analyst Alden Loury gave Emanuel a 'C' for his administration's transparency efforts while making an appearance on WBEZ-FM on...

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Alden Loury Joins UIC Mayoral Moderating Panel

January 29, 2015

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In one of the first mayoral candidate forums of the election season, mayoral candidates Alderman Robert W. "Bob" Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson...

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BGA's Bob Reed moderates 2nd Ward Candidate Forum

January 29, 2015

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Six candidates running in the brand new 2nd Ward addressed a packed room at the Drake Hotel last Thursday evening.

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