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Lawmaker Conflict? Illinois Stuck In The Middle

Lawmaker Conflict? Illinois Stuck In The Middle

July 28, 2015 — THINK TANK

Despite political flare-ups, Illinois in middle of national pack when it comes to key ethics laws, practices, BGA finds.

BGA Urges Preckwinkle To Dust Off Quigley Reform Plan

BGA Urges Preckwinkle To Dust Off Quigley Reform Plan

July 27, 2015 — COLUMN

Cook County should revisit the plan projected to save more than $130M in one year.

Fatal Shootings By Chicago Police: Tops Among Biggest U.S. Cities

Fatal Shootings By Chicago Police: Tops Among Biggest U.S. Cities

July 26, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Chicago police have shot and killed 70 people over a five-year period.

O'Hare Airport Tops In Nation With Noise Complaints

O'Hare Airport Tops In Nation With Noise Complaints

July 21, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

Of top 10 busiest airports in America, O'Hare's noise complaints were far and away the most voluminous in 2014.

New O'Hare Runway To Spare City, Hammer Suburbs

New O'Hare Runway To Spare City, Hammer Suburbs

July 19, 2015 — INVESTIGATIONS

In near term, flights from soon-to-open O'Hare Airport runway will be routed over suburbs, away from city neighborhoods - including Mayor Emanuel's.

Sanguinetti Task Force Maintains "Smart Streamlining" Momentum

Sanguinetti Task Force Maintains "Smart Streamlining" Momentum

July 20, 2015 — COLUMN

IL residents pay $2,350 per capita in various taxes to support local units of government.

School Discipline of Young Children Questioned

School Discipline of Young Children Questioned

July 19, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

More than 2,000 kindergarten suspensions were recorded during one school year in Illinois -- a number that is far too high, parents and children’s advocates say.

 
 
 

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Fatal Shootings By CPD: Tops Among Big U.S. Cities

July 26, 2015

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Chicago police have shot and killed 70 people over a five-year period, the highest number among America’s 10 largest cities.​

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O'Hare Airport Tops Nation With Noise Complaints

July 21, 2015

Rosalind Rossi

Of top 10 busiest airports in America, O'Hare's noise complaints were far and away the most voluminous in 2014.

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New O'Hare Runway To Spare City, Hammer Suburbs

July 19, 2015

Rosalind Rossi

In near term, flights from soon-to-open O'Hare Airport runway will be routed over suburbs, away from city neighborhoods - including Mayor Emanuel's.

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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 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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Pothole? Abandoned Car? There’s an App For That…

May 26, 2015

John T. Slania

Tech advances make it quicker, easier to connect with City Hall with concerns, complaints.​

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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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