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Legislative Halftime: Good Start; More To Do

Legislative Halftime: Good Start; More To Do

May 5, 2015 — THINK TANK

BGA beats back a bad FOIA bill; other reform efforts slowly advance.

Prosecutors Revisit ‘94 Murder Conviction

Prosecutors Revisit ‘94 Murder Conviction

May 3, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

State’s attorney’s office is reviewing case amid allegations that an ex-Chicago cop framed two suspects who have long proclaimed their innocence.

BGA To Mayor Emanuel: Finish Leftover Reform Work

BGA To Mayor Emanuel: Finish Leftover Reform Work

May 4, 2015 — COLUMN

BGA's "open letter" to Mayor Emanuel: Time to finish the reform work that's left over from your first term.

Melrose Park Mayor’s Conflict-Of-Interest Question

Melrose Park Mayor’s Conflict-Of-Interest Question

April 29, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Mayor Ron Serpico’s administration taps local bank to handle municipal finances, bank taps Serpico to work as lawyer. Are taxpayer interests being well served?

City Pound Leaves Pooch In Van For Five Nights

City Pound Leaves Pooch In Van For Five Nights

April 24, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

In the latest embarrassment for Mayor Emanuel’s animal welfare agency, city workers apparently forgot that a dog was inside a cage in a city vehicle for nearly a week.

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Register Today To Meet Pulitzer Prize-Winner Bill Keller

April 28, 2015 — EVENTS

Join us May 11 to find out who wins top honors for investigative reporting.

Rauner Gambling Board Pick Leads Group With Casino Ties

Rauner Gambling Board Pick Leads Group With Casino Ties

April 26, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Hector Alejandre heads a law enforcement association that received donations from Rivers Casino – which he is regulating after Gov. Rauner appointed him to the Illinois Gaming Board.

Biggest IL Governments Teeter On Edge Of Fiscal Cliff

Biggest IL Governments Teeter On Edge Of Fiscal Cliff

April 27, 2015 — COLUMN

There’s red ink flowing over every level of government—villages, towns, cities, and, of course, the State of Illinois.

 
 
 

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Prosecutors Revisit ‘94 Murder Conviction

May 3, 2015

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State’s attorney’s office is reviewing case amid allegations that an ex-Chicago cop framed two suspects who have long proclaimed their innocence.

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Melrose Park Mayor’s Conflict-Of-Interest Question

April 29, 2015

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Mayor Ron Serpico’s administration taps local bank to handle municipal finances, bank taps Serpico to work as lawyer. Are taxpayer interests being...

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Rauner Gambling Pick Leads Group With Casino Ties

April 26, 2015

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Hector Alejandre heads a law enforcement association that received donations from Rivers Casino – which he is regulating after Gov. Rauner appointed...

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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 Nominated For More Journalism Awards

April 23, 2015

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Two additional contests recognize Better Government Association’s news stories and online presence in 2014.

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BGA Sues Chicago Police Department – Again

April 23, 2015

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Better Government Association seeks data on officers missing work-related court appearances. CPD blows off request, violating state’s open records...

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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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