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Awards and Recognition

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

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 Nominations - October 2012

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

All three stories were collaborations with our media partner FOX Chicago and investigative reporter Dane Placko.

Outstanding Achievement for News Gathering - Single Investigative Story and Series: Tax Dollars Up In Smoke
Cigar Time on County Dime

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

Outstanding Achievement for News Specialty - Report/Series, Religion, Feature or Series: Nuns vs. Strippers
Legal Issues Confront Strip Club Near Nuns

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


April 17, 2014

Patrick Rehkamp/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32

The Stone Park Trifecta

April 17, 2014

Andrew Schroedter/BGA

Prisons, Profits And Politics

April 16, 2014

Brett Chase/BGA, with NBC 5

The North Pour

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