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.
April 4, 2014
The City of Chicago has spent more than half a billion dollars for police misconduct-related claims over the past decade or so – and only a fraction of those payouts involve tortuous ex-police Cmdr. Jon Burge.
Chicago's municipal finances are so precarious, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has shuttered schools, police stations and mental health clinics to save money. Read more...
April 4, 2014
Police misconduct allegations span suburban departments, too, and are costing taxpayers in those towns a pretty penny.
The City of Chicago isn't the only municipality in Cook County with mounting expenses related to police misconduct. Read more...
March 31, 2014
New law means police must react differently when they stop people with firearms, a Rescuing Illinois investigation discovers.
For decades, police officers have been taught to immediately view suspects with guns as potential criminals. Now, that's all starting to change. Read more...
February 5, 2014
In a bizarre twist, Dixon's record-breaking embezzlement ends up putting the city in solid financial shape, a Rescuing Illinois report reveals.
The city of Dixon has a new problem and it's probably the last one residents thought they'd have 21 months ago. Read more...
February 4, 2014
Maywood Park District’s police department was disbanded in the 1990s amid a massive corruption scandal. Officials in the western suburb are now pushing to resurrect the force – in what critics say is a huge step backwards.
The Maywood Park District Police Department was shut down in 1997, not a moment too soon. Poorly trained and supervised, park district officers were accused of stealing from suspects, brutalizing residents and buying their way onto the force – $3,000 was reportedly the going price for a badge. Read more...
December 8, 2013
Government leaders of an affluent Chicago suburb were forced to referee a nasty fight between its residents and a famous Big Box retailer. That battle is over but the store war may only be starting, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report reveals.
Throughout the past year, the serene Village of Northbrook found itself in an uncomfortable position: Smack in the middle of a spirited brawl between one of the world's biggest and most indomitable companies and a small but determined group of local activists. Read more...