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.
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...
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...