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BGA v. City Of Chicago Commission On Animal Care And Control (Case is pending)

The Emanuel administration refuses to release unredacted emails relating to City Hall's response to the accidental killings of dogs at the city animal pound.
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August 4, 2014

BGA v. Illinois High School Association, District 230 (Case is pending)

The IHSA refuses to release documents, claiming it's not subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, so the BGA sues in Cook County Circuit Court.
Read the complaint file | Read the press release | Read the story
July 23, 2014

BGA v. Elk Grove Village (Case is pending)

Elk Grove Village's municipal government refuses to, among other things, turn over public records about police training, so the BGA sues in Cook County Circuit Court.
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July 17, 2014

BGA v. Cook County (Case is pending)

Preckwinkle administration refuses to release documents showing the extent of patronage in Cook County government, so the BGA sues.
Read the complaint file | Read the press release
June 30, 2014

BGA v. Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority; Navy Pier, Inc. (Case is pending)

McPier and a nonprofit spinoff refuse to release records related to Navy Pier's operations, so the BGA sues in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming they violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Read the complaint file | Read the press release
June 19, 2014

BGA v. Chicago Transit Authority (Case is pending)

The BGA sues the Chicago Transit Authority for violating the Illinois Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release the employment photo of a politically connected worker.
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June 16, 2014

BGA v. City Of Chicago Commission On Animal Care And Control (Case is pending)

The BGA sues Chicago Animal Care and Control for violating the Illinois Freedom of Information Act by refusing to turn over surveillance video of an employee allegedly choking a dog that ended up dying.
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June 12, 2014

BGA v. Retirement Plan For Chicago Transit Authority Employees (Case is pending)

The BGA files a lawsuit against the Chicago Transit Authority's pension fund for failing to comply with the state's open records law and turn over records relating to gifts and perks.
Read the complaint file | Read the press release
May 15, 2014

BGA v. City Of Harvey (Case is pending)

The BGA sues the Chicago Transit Authority for violating the Illinois Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release the employment photo of a politically connected worker.
Read the complaint file | Read the press release
April 25, 2014

BGA v. Schiller Park School District 81 (Case is pending)

The BGA sues Schiller Park School District 81 for failing to turn over confidentiality agreements requested under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
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April 9, 2014

ARDC Complaint (Matter is pending)

The Better Government Association files a complaint — with the state agency that regulates lawyers — against a retired public-sector attorney for alleged ethical transgressions while in government service.
February 2014

BGA Letter To U.S. Attorney's Office (Regarding David Koschman case)

The BGA asks the U.S. Attorney's office to open an investigation into how Chicago police, Cook County prosecutors handled the David Koschman homicide case.
Read the letter
February 12, 2014

BGA Requests Audit (Regarding Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg)

The BGA submits a formal request to the Illinois State Board of Elections to order an audit of the campaign fund run by Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg.
January 2014

ARDC Complaint (Matter is pending)

The Better Government Association files complaints — with the state agency that regulates lawyers — against three current and former public-sector attorneys for alleged ethical transgressions.
November/December 2013

Garlick v. Madigan Amicus Brief (Appeal dismissed by Illinois Supreme Court)

The Better Government Association files paperwork with the courts showing support for a pending pro-transparency lawsuit against the Illinois attorney general. The suit came after the state agency refused to release public records in a more accessible electronic format.
Read the BGA's brief of amicus curiae | Read the press release
November 1, 2013

Nelson v. Kendall County Amicus Brief (Illinois Supreme Court agrees with BGA's position)

The Better Government Association, with two media groups, asks for court permission to file an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against the Kendall County state's attorney after prosecutors argue they shouldn't have to submit to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Read the BGA's brief of amicus curiae | Read the press release
October 30, 2013

BGA v. Pace Suburban Bus (Records obtained through settlement)

The Better Government Association sues Pace, the suburban bus agency, for violating the Illinois Freedom of Information Act by failing to turn over payroll data in a usable format as requested.
Read the complaint file | Read Andy Shaw's blog post
June 18, 2013

BGA v. Cook County Recorder Of Deeds (Records obtained through settlement)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in state court accusing the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office of violating the Illinois Freedom of Information Act by refusing to accept document requests via email.
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May 14, 2013

BGA v. The County Of Cook (Records obtained through settlement)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in state court against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for refusing to provide, under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, names and addresses of people who have sought her appointment to government boards and commissions.
Read the complaint file | Read the press release
March 26, 2013

BGA v. Village Of Maywood, Illinois (Records obtained through court order)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Village of Maywood, alleging officials there violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act by refusing to turn over a copy of a grand jury subpoena.
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August 21, 2012

BGA v. Zaruba (Case is pending)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba for failing to turn over, under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, documents showing how his teenaged son used a confidential law enforcement data system through the sheriff's office.
Read the press release
June 28, 2012

BGA v. Village Of Maywood, Illinois (Records obtained through settlement)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Village of Maywood for trying to drag out a request (by mischaracterizing it as a "commercial" request rather than one made for news-gathering purposes) for documents under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
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May 7, 2012

BGA v. Pace Suburban Bus (Records obtained through court order and settlement)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Pace, the suburban bus agency, alleging it violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act in refusing to turn over documents related to bus accidents, and alcohol and drug testing of bus drivers.
Read the complaint file | Read the press release
March 22, 2012

BGA Amicus Brief In Koschman Case (A judge later appointed a veteran lawyer to serve as the outside investigator)

The BGA filed a court document formally supporting the appointment of an independent "special prosecutor" to investigate the death of a Mount Prospect man nearly eight years ago, allegedly at the hands of a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, and a possible cover-up by police and the state's attorney's office.
Read the amicus curiae | Read the press release
January 5, 2012

BGA v. Chicago Police Department (Records obtained through settlement)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court to compel the Chicago Police Department to release information about the size and cost of the security detail assigned to Chicago Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th).
Read the complaint file | Read the press release
January 5, 2011

BGA v. Chicago Police Department Request for Review (Records obtained through Attorney General opinion)

After the BGA's attorneys threatened to sue the Chicago Police Department, the agency released records relating to the death investigation of Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott.
October 10, 2010

BGA v. Cook County (Records obtained through settlement)

The BGA filed a lawsuit in federal court against an Ohio-based partisan political group that named itself the "Better Government Association."
August 3, 2009

BGA v. Blagojevich (Records obtained through court order)

The BGA sued Illinois' state government in Sangamon County Circuit Court to force then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich to release federal subpoenas issued to his administration.
January 4, 2007