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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.

 

  • December 6, 2014
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    Next Up: Illinois Municipal Bankruptcy?

    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
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    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
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    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...

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