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BGA Top10 2012

Breaking the Piggy BankDEC 14, 2012
Breaking the Piggy Bank
Some Illinois politicians appear to be living high on the hog by using their campaign funds to supplement their lifestyles. Is this legal?

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While Illinois Hits Bottom, Lawmakers Get Top DollarNOV 29, 2012
While Illinois Hits Bottom, Lawmakers Get Top Dollar
Despite state pension woes and ailing finances, legislators among nation's highest paid, a BGA "Rescuing Illinois" examination reveals.
A Perplexing Pension in Calumet CitySEP 14, 2012
A Perplexing Pension in Calumet City
Dennis Gianopolus is an attorney for Cal City’s municipal government. But he’s not full-time, and also maintains a private law practice with other clients. So why does he stand to collect a six-figure taxpayer-funded pension some day?
Maywood ConfidentialAUG 4, 2012
Maywood Confidential
Most cop murders get solved. But nearly six years after Maywood Police Officer Tom Wood was gunned down, the killer is still at large and the investigation is in shambles. Who murdered him and why aren’t the only nagging questions.
Public Debt Crisis Hits Home Town, ILJUL 31, 2012
Public Debt Crisis Hits Home Town, Illinois
A BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation finds a flood of red ink is crashing over Chicago-area suburbs, threatening to sweep away basic government-backed services and support while also dramatically altering the very standard of living that makes many of them desirable places to live, work and raise families.
Lansing's Last-Day Raises Last a LifetimeJUN 18, 2012
Lansing's Last-Day Raises Last a Lifetime
Taxpayers are left holding the bag as Lansing leaders give pay hikes to cops and firefighters as they retire – prompting pensions to soar.

"I Deserve Every Penny"MAR 31, 2012
"I Deserve Every Penny"
Oak Brook’s clout-heavy former police chief is unapologetic about benefitting from a taxpayer-funded pension sweetener quietly passed by the General Assembly in 2007.

Ex-City Colleges Chief Gets "A+" in Personal FinanceMAR 29, 2012
Ex-City Colleges Chief Gets "A+" in Personal Finance
While departing Chicago’s troubled community college network to take a job running Chicago State University, Wayne Watson secured taxpayer-funded benefits that are much more lucrative than previously known – totaling as much as $800,000.
Milk Money: Clout-heavy Family Got $162 Million in ContractsMAR 24, 2012
Milk Money: Clout-heavy Family Got $162 Million in Contracts
The McMahons supplied milk to Chicago Public Schools for years, and also ran electrical and plumbing companies that secured big government contracts.
Ill-Gotten Gains? At CPS, Unused Sick Days Pay OffFEB 2, 2012
Ill-Gotten Gains? At CPS, Unused Sick Days Pay Off
As part of the BGA's Rescuing Illinois project, this investigation is the first in the Education Watch series shining a light on the state's school systems.
 

Citizen Watchdogs of Education: Urban League

Tuesday, January 29. 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Are you satisfied with your local public schools? Do you want to know how decisions are made and how school budgets are managed? Become a watchdog.

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