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Mob Questions Surface Over Casino Contractor

Mob Questions Surface Over Casino Contractor

May 21, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

The BGA finds that Rivers Casino in Des Plaines hired a maintenance and security contractor whose president has had ties to reputed mob figures. Now the Illinois Gaming Board is investigating.

Most Blame Goes To Pols For Pension Mess

Most Blame Goes To Pols For Pension Mess

May 17, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Though some public employees have taken advantage of pension “sweeteners” over the years to boost benefits, political leaders also failed to keep pension systems adequately funded.

Rauner Administration Should Welcome BGA Watchdogs

Rauner Administration Should Welcome BGA Watchdogs

May 18, 2015 — COLUMN

We don’t expect to be loved when we carry out our watchdog mission. It’s enough to be respected, and perhaps appreciated.

“Noose” Isn’t News In Westchester, Village Insists

“Noose” Isn’t News In Westchester, Village Insists

May 17, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Rope hung in firefighter union official’s locker may reflect internal dissent in west suburban fire department as work rule changes are pushed through. Village says it’s “a lot about nothing.”

No Retirement Parting – Chicago Cops Draw Pensions, Return To Payroll

No Retirement Parting – Cops Draw Pensions, Return To Payroll

May 12, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Nearly two-dozen retired Chicago police officers are collecting taxpayer-supported pensions, and are now back on the city payroll.

New Ways to Fight Corrupting Influence of Campaign Cash

New Ways to Fight Corrupting Influence of Campaign Cash

May 11, 2015 — COLUMN

The landscape has indeed changed, so reform efforts have to change too.

Lawyer Asks Judge To Step Aside On Alleged Wrongful Conviction Case

Lawyer Asks Judge To Step Aside On Alleged Wrongful Conviction Case

May 10, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Top Cook County Criminal Courts judge is asked to recuse himself.

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.

 
 
 

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Mob Questions Surface Over Casino Contractor

May 21, 2015

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The BGA finds that Rivers Casino in Des Plaines hired a maintenance and security contractor whose president has had ties to reputed mob figures. Now...

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Most Blame Goes To Pols For Pension Mess

May 17, 2015

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Though some public employees have taken advantage of pension “sweeteners” over the years to boost benefits, political leaders also failed to keep...

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“Noose” Isn’t News In Westchester, Village Insists

May 17, 2015

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Rope hung in firefighter union official’s locker may reflect internal dissent in west suburban fire department as work rule changes are pushed...

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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 Wins Seven Lisagor Awards

May 12, 2015

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Better Government Association Recognized For Outstanding Local Journalism

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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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