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State's "Diet Doctor" Has Rx For Obese Government

State's "Diet Doctor" Has Rx For Obese Government

April 21, 2014 — COLUMN

The Illinois legislature's "diet doctor" is asking his fattest patients to swallow a bitter streamlining pill and, as you might expect, the Rx is meeting a lot of resistance.

The Stone Park Trifecta

The Stone Park Trifecta

April 17, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

A former mayor and two former police chiefs in Stone Park are drawing pensions from the village’s obscure little fund. What else do they have in common? All three are felons.

Prisons, Profits And Politics

Prisons, Profits And Politics

April 17, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration awarded a lucrative contract to a prison healthcare company with a questionable track record. Turns out that company has ties to Quinn’s political opponent, Republican Bruce Rauner.

The North Pour

The North Pour

April 16, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Winnetka is grappling with an environmental controversy – how to alleviate bad flooding without over-polluting Lake Michigan and our drinking water.

Key To Cutting Costly Brutality Beefs? Change Chicago Police Culture

Key To Cutting Costly Brutality Beefs? Change Chicago Police Culture

April 13, 2014 — COLUMN

In Chicago, the term "police brutality" is inextricably linked to former Cmdr. Jon Burge's sadistic South Side homicide squad...

Clout Questions At CTA, RTA And CHA

Clout Questions At CTA, RTA And CHA

April 13, 2014 — COLUMN

The BGA, with the Chicago Sun-Times, resurrects The Public Eye column, digging deeper into local government – including agencies dealing with transit and housing.

Moving The Needle

Moving The Needle

April 10, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

Separate investigations by the Better Government Association with CBS2 and the Chicago Sun-Times – on U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and Chicago ambulances – are seeing results, helping with transparency and public safety.

No More Free Ride

No More Free Ride

April 9, 2014 — INVESTIGATION

The days of free ambulance service in the Chicago area are over – but how municipalities establish transport rates, and collect fees, is raising good-governance questions.

 
 
 

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The Stone Park Trifecta

April 17, 2014

Patrick Rehkamp/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32

A former mayor and two former police chiefs in Stone Park are drawing pensions from the village's obscure little fund. What else do they have in...

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Prisons, Profits And Politics

April 17, 2014

Andrew Schroedter/BGA

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration awarded a lucrative contract to a prison healthcare company with a questionable track record. Turns out that company...

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The North Pour

April 16, 2014

Brett Chase/BGA, with NBC 5

Winnetka is grappling with an environmental controversy – how to alleviate bad flooding without over-polluting Lake Michigan and our drinking water.

Springfield Reception - May 7

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Winnetka is grappling with an environmental controversy – how to alleviate bad flooding without over-polluting Lake Michigan and our drinking water. (April 16, 2014). Learn more...

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Term Limits: Edgar, Experts Tackle Hot Issue

April 8, 2014

BGA, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and Union League Club of Chicago sponsor symposium.

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BGA On WBEZ: Taxes And More

April 8, 2014

BGA's Andy Shaw and Alden Loury discuss Mayor Emanuel's pension plan, city property taxes, term limits and much more on WBEZ's "Afternoon Shift" on...

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Andy Shaw Recruits Watchdogs At Lewis University

April 4, 2014

On April 3, BGA President & CEO Andy Shaw talked about the watchdog organization's history, mission and recent accomplishments as the guest speaker at...

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