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Special Project: Rescuing Illinois

The Better Government Association’s Rescuing Illinois Project is an ongoing series of in-depth reports about improving and reforming state government.

The project will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the inner workings of state government to identify irregularities and efficiency problems and to propose responsible solutions and reforms.


  • November 17, 2014

    Biz Lights Up For Illinois Medical Marijuana

    Wealthy investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion as new law takes off, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report reveals.

    The 900 block of West Lake Street is the northern border of a meatpacking and warehousing district now occupied by trendy restaurants and bars. Read more...

  • October 15, 2014

    Illinois Public Hospitals Pay $180 Million For Wrongful Death Cases

    Payments range from multimillion dollar settlements to tens of thousands for 184 cases, a BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation found.

    Public hospitals in Illinois paid more than $180 million over the past decade for patient deaths at the taxpayer-supported institutions, a figure that points to numerous medical errors despite efforts to reduce mistakes, a Better Government Association investigation found. Read more...

  • August 20, 2014

    City Inspectors General: Watchdogs On A Leash

    They launch hundreds of investigations but results are lackluster, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report reveals.

    The City of Chicago spends millions of taxpayer dollars every year on inspectors general, a post that in the U.S. heralds back to before the Revolutionary War's Continental Army, and whose local mission today is fighting corruption, fraud and waste in the trenches of municipal government. Read more...

  • August 5, 2014

    Suburban Pension Peril

    Money in dozens of Chicago-area police and fire pension funds is drying up – which should be a big worry not only for current and future retirees, but taxpayers, a BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation discovers.

    There are 217 police and fire pension funds in suburban Cook County. The taxpayer-supported systems, with collective assets of nearly $5 billion, are intended to provide public safety workers and their families with stable retirement incomes. Read more...

  • April 28, 2014

    Pension Free-For-All

    Public pension systems in the Chicago area have little or no oversight when it comes to trustees and staff members accepting gifts and other freebies from vendors or prospective vendors.

    For some Wall Street money managers, picking up the tab at dinner or giving away hot concert tickets can be a small price to pay to curry favor among public officials in charge of multi-billion-dollar retirement accounts. Read more...

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