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.
December 2, 2013
A BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation explores the glut of closed public facilities and why they are becoming a strain on communities statewide.
On the mantle of a marble fireplace amid shards of glass from a broken mirror, something small and metallic catches Kevin Senor's eye. He's making his way through the old and obsolete Joliet Correctional Center, through rooms where ragged wallpaper hangs in strips and crumbled drywall coats piles of litter on cracked floors. Read more...
November 18, 2013
Gray & Co., the main adviser to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's billion-dollar pension fund, is under SEC investigation. Should Chicago taxpayers be worried?
A financial advisory firm facing federal scrutiny after allegedly failing to disclose a conflict of interest to an Atlanta public-sector pension board also works for the retirement funds of two government agencies in Chicago. Read more...
November 11, 2013
A top investment adviser to CTA pension fund is facing troubling accusations, and an SEC probe, for out-of-state business dealings.
A financial consultant that helps oversee more than $2 billion in Chicago Transit Authority retirement assets has been accused of misconduct by members of a public-sector pension board in Atlanta – and is now the subject of a federal investigation, the Better Government Association has learned. Read more...
September 8, 2013
More than ever, the local cop, firefighter or emergency responder may not be from the neighborhood.
A Better Government Association investigation finds municipal budget shortfalls are forcing a growing segment of Northern Illinois suburbs to consider what was once unthinkable: Merging basic hometown public safety operations with neighboring or regional governments, such as the county sheriff's departments. Read more...