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.
April 11, 2015
Illinois' controversial "millionaires' tax," one of Democratic House Speaker Michael J. Madigan's top revenue-generating ideas and legislative causes, is alive and kicking even as it stirs continuing resistance from opposing lawmakers, Gov. Bruce Rauner and business interests, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds. Read more...
March 4, 2015
Governor Bruce Rauner's bid to establish statewide "right-to-work zones," one of the major initiatives of his emerging state economic development plan, could become a rallying cry in Illinois' city halls and county seats. But it's a long way from becoming a reality, a BGA Rescuing Illinois examination finds. Read more...
February 14, 2015
The state Department of Corrections racked up a whopping $320 million in overtime and additional compensation pay over five years, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report reveals.
The worker who out-earned almost every rank-and-file employee in the Illinois prison system in 2014 was not a corrections officer, administrator or counselor. It was a nurse who more than doubled her annual income working overtime at the Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. Read more...
December 6, 2014
Debt-burdened local governments explore the contentious option of going to court to cut, reorganize and dump their financial obligations, a Rescuing Illinois report reveals.
At its recent annual conference the Illinois Municipal League, a century old adviser and advocate for local government, took the unprecedented step of sponsoring an in-depth session on a volatile topic: hometown bankruptcies. Read more...
November 17, 2014
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
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...