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BGA Nominated For 23 Lisagors

BGA Nominated For 23 Lisagors

March 27, 2015 — BGA NEWS

The Better Government Association’s investigative reporting team and media partners have been nominated by the Chicago Headline Club for 23 Peter Lisagor awards, long considered one of the highest honors in local journalism.

BGA Runoff Election Voters' Guide

March 26, 2015 — THINK TANK

On April 7, Chicago residents will cast their votes in the mayoral and aldermanic runoff elections. For answers to some important election questions, check out the BGA's voters' guide.

Sanitary District Cop: ‘Everyone Here Is Sleeping’

Sanitary District Cop: ‘Everyone Here Is Sleeping’

March 26, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District police officer is recorded talking about employees slacking, including napping and drinking on the job. He also talks about clout permeating the agency.

Rauner’s Campaign Manager Joins Lobbying Firm

Rauner’s Campaign Manager Joins Lobbying Firm

March 22, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

And that firm plans to lobby governor’s office, creating potential ethical issues for Bruce Rauner.

As Election Nears, Rahm & Chuy Answer BGA Questions

As Election Nears, Rahm & Chuy Answer BGA Questions

March 20, 2015 — COLUMN

Rahm and Chuy share their views on the critical issues facing Chicago. Highlights of our new BGA Mayoral Questionnaire & why it matters.

Suburban School Official Sent To Prison For Theft

Suburban School Official Sent To Prison For Theft

March 19, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

Guilty plea, prison term follow investigations by Better Government Association into irregular finances at Lyons Township School Treasurer’s office.

Plagiarism Suspected At Newspaper Owned By Legislator

Plagiarism Suspected At Newspaper Owned By Legislator

March 19, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

And that’s not the only ethical issue – relating to journalism, and government – confronting the Desplaines Valley News, led by state Sen. Steve Landek.

Rahm, Chuy Make Their Closing Arguments

Rahm, Chuy Make Their Closing Arguments

March 18, 2015 — THINK TANK

In the new BGA 2015 Mayoral Questionnaire, the opposing candidates in the April 7th election reveal plans for solving some of the city’s thorniest problems.

BGA Releases Chicago Mayoral Runoff Questionnaire

BGA Releases Chicago Mayoral Runoff Questionnaire

March 17, 2015 — POLICY

In an effort to shine a light on the major issues facing the next Mayor of Chicago, the BGA asked candidates to respond to the 2015 BGA Chicago Mayoral Questionnaire.

Schock Revelations Not A Shock To Watchdogs

Schock Revelations Not A Shock To Watchdogs

March 16, 2015 — COLUMN

Problem goes well beyond Schock’s use of public and political funds for helicopter rides and private plane trips to football games, concerts and staff weekends; pricey meals and hotel rooms; and a D.C. office remodeled to resemble Downton Abbey.

Mining Money – Coal Company Donates To Local Pols, Fund Tied To Regulator

Mining Money

March 15, 2015 — INVESTIGATION

Coal giant spreads around campaign cash in Illinois. Among recipients: A campaign committee created by the new chief of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which regulates the energy industry.

 
 
 

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Rauner’s Campaign Manager Joins Lobbying Firm

March 22, 2015

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And that firm plans to lobby governor’s office, creating potential ethical issues for Bruce Rauner.

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Suburban School Official Sent To Prison For Theft

March 19, 2015

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Guilty plea, prison term follow investigations by Better Government Association into irregular finances at Lyons Township School Treasurer’s office.

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Plagiarism Suspected At Lawmaker's Newspaper

March 19, 2015

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And that’s not the only ethical issue – relating to journalism, and government – confronting the Desplaines Valley News, led by state Sen. Steve...

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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...

BGA and Partners Win Lisagor Award

BGA Nominated For 23 Lisagors

March 27, 2015

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The Better Government Association’s investigative reporting team and media partners have been nominated by the Chicago Headline Club for 23 Peter...

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BGA Sues To Get Koschman Records

March 13, 2015

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Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, Emanuel administration refuse to turn over documents related to Koschman/Vanecko investigation, so Better Government...

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BGA Busy On Transparency Front

March 10, 2015

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Better Government Association files three new lawsuits, weighs in on another court case and updates FBI database.

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