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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.


  • March 4, 2015

    Rauner's Long Shot: Right-to-Work Zones

    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

    Staff Overtime Soars At Illinois Prisons

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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