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BGA investigations are getting attention and even accolades. Check out the recent investigations that have won awards and nominations.


Lisagor Award - May 2015

Best In-Depth Reporting in a magazine or magazine section
Best Political Reporting in a newspaper or magazine
Best Education Reporting in a newspaper or magazine

The ABC's of UNO

Best Investigative Report
Best Health or Science Reporting

Fire Suppression

Best Business Or Consumer Reporting

Illinois Public Hospitals Pay $180 Million For Wrongful Death Cases

Best News Specialty/Religious Category

Nuns and Strippers


Kogan Media Awards May 2015

2014 Online Stories

"Next Up: Illinois Municipal Bankruptcy?"

"Suburban Pension Peril"

Two BGA stories about municipal finances in Illinois were recognized in the online category by the Chicago Bar Association, which sponsors the awards contest.



Edward R. Murrow Award - April 2015

Regional Small Online News Organization Website

The BGA's web site, the main vehicle for BGA investigative stories, was recognized for regional excellence by the Radio Television Digital News Association.



Chicago Journalists Association Award - October 2014

Investigations, Politics and Education Reporting

A Rush Of Financial Questions

Cashing In On Congressional Connections


The Better Government Association – with media partners Chicago magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times – was honored by the Chicago Journalists Association for three high-caliber investigative news pieces.


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Silver Dome Award - June 2014

Best Local Program, Series or Documentary

Protect and Served?

The BGA/NBC 5 project won in the Best Program, Series or Documentary category from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.



Kogan Media Award - May 2014

2013 Online Stories

"Disorder in the Bureaucracy of the Courts" series including: 

Dorothy's Deed, Done Dirt Cheap; Record Delays; Circuit Court Clerk's Failed Cash Grab


Lisagor Award - May 2014 


Daily Newspaper: Best Political and Government Reporting

A Rush of Financial Questions

Daily Newspaper: Best Business or Consumer Reporting

Rescuing Illinois: Government Surplus

Non-daily: Best Political Reporting in Newspaper or Magazine

Lawmakers Gone Wild

Broadcast Television: Best In-Depth News Story or Series

Trouble in the Courts

Broadcast Television: Best Health or Science Reporting

Pilfered Pills at County Pharmacy?

Broadcast Television: Best News Specialty/Education/School News

Globetrotting Principal Grounded

Broadcast Television: Best News Specialty/Politics/Government

Down the YouTube

Scripps Howard Award - March 2014

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Honoring the best work in the communications industry and journalism education in 2013.

The staff of the BGA has won the 2013 Scripps Howard Foundation's Edward Willis Scripps Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment for a body of work that has fostered open communication for 90 years.


Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Award - March 2014

The BGA/NBC 5 project won in the Best Series or Documentary category in the Metro TV section.

Protect and Served?


Emmy Award - November 2013

Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Better Government Association is proud to announce our investigative staff has won a Chicago/Midwest Emmy award for our work with media partner NBC 5.

Protect and Served?


Kogan Media Award - May 2013

2012 Broadcast Stories

Maywood Confidential


Lisagor Award - May 2013

Business Reporting: Online

Rescuing Illinois

In-Depth Reporting, Non-Daily Publication: Specialty/Trade

Rescuing Illinois

In-Depth News Story or Series: Television

Maywood Confidential

Investigative Reporting: Television

Maywood Confidential

undefinedEmmy Award - October 2012

Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

This story was a collaboration with our media partner FOX Chicago and investigative reporter Dane Placko.

Outstanding Achievement for News Specialty - Report/Series, Education/Schools, Feature or Series: Globetrotting Principal
CPS Principal Spends Thousands of Taxpayer Dollars on Travel


undefinedLisagor Award - May 2012

Multimedia Collaboration: Credit Card Crackdown

CHA CEO Used Credit Cards for Expensive Dinners

undefinedEdward R. Murrow Award - April 2012

Website: The High Costs of Wrongful Convictions

The High Costs of Wrongful Convictions