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

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

May 26, 2015 — GOOD GOVERNMENT SPOTLIGHT

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

City's Animal Welfare Agency Keeps Biting Taxpayers & Donors

City's Animal Welfare Agency Keeps Biting Taxpayers & Donors

May 25, 2015 — COLUMN

Latest mishap involving dog accidentally left in CACC van for days is latest evidence the public and benefactors are being ill-served.

Taxpayers To Buy Tavern Owned By Alderman’s Family

Taxpayers To Buy Tavern Owned By Alderman’s Family

May 24, 2015 — PUBLIC EYE

Calumet City’s government decides to pay alderman’s family $125,000 to buy their bar as part of initiative to reduce drinking establishments in the south suburb.

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.

 
 
 

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Taxpayers To Buy Tavern Owned By Alderman’s Family

May 24, 2015

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Calumet City’s government decides to pay alderman’s family $125,000 to buy their bar as part of initiative to reduce drinking establishments in the...

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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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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 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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