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Black Teachers Hit Harder By CPS Layoffs

Black Teachers Hit Harder By CPS Layoffs

September 2, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Amid the current budget crisis, Chicago Public Schools is laying off a disproportionate number of African-Americans. Pending lawsuits allege discrimination in past job cuts.

Springfield Expert's Plan For Ending State Budget Stalemate

Springfield Expert's Plan For Ending State Budget Stalemate

August 31, 2015 — SHAW THOUGHTS

Few people understand the nuts and bolts of lawmaking as well as Charlie, or the inherent tension between governors from one party and legislative leaders from the other.

Taxpayers’ Toxic Tenant

Taxpayers’ Toxic Tenant

August 30, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is supposed to safeguard our water supply. But it’s been leasing land to polluters, including an oil company with a history of chemical spills.

Long-Awaited City Hall Privatization Plan Goes Public

Long-Awaited City Hall Privatization Plan Goes Public

August 17, 2015 — COLUMN

Privatization is an increasingly popular option for governments saddled with budget, pension and infrastructure woes.

Take The Air Out Of "Golden Parachutes"

Take The Air Out Of "Golden Parachutes"

August 24, 2015 — COLUMN

Recent dustup over exorbitant severance deal U. of I. offered its embattled chancellor brings to mind oft-quoted line: "This is like déjà vu all over again."

State Parks’ Cash Crunch: $720 Million For Repairs

State Parks’ Cash Crunch: $720 Million For Repairs

August 22, 2015 — RESCUING ILLINOIS

Illinois’ inability to fix or upgrade hundreds of basic projects threatens the environment and public safety, according to a BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation.

 
 
 

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Black Teachers Hit Harder By CPS Layoffs

September 2, 2015

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Amid the current budget crisis, Chicago Public Schools is laying off a disproportionate number of African-Americans. Pending lawsuits allege...

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Taxpayers’ Toxic Tenant

August 30, 2015

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is supposed to safeguard our water supply. But it’s been leasing land to polluters, including an oil...

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State Parks’ Cash Crunch: $720 Million For Repair

August 22, 2015

Katie Drews/BGA

Illinois’ inability to fix or upgrade hundreds of basic projects threatens the environment and public safety, according to a BGA Rescuing Illinois...

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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 Updates, Expands Public Pension Portals

August 4, 2015

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Nearly all current and former government workers who are drawing a public-sector pension or may be eligible for one some day are now included on new...

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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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