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 28, 2014
Public pension systems in the Chicago area have little or no oversight when it comes to trustees and staff members accepting gifts and other freebies from vendors or prospective vendors.
For some Wall Street money managers, picking up the tab at dinner or giving away hot concert tickets can be a small price to pay to curry favor among public officials in charge of multi-billion-dollar retirement accounts. Read more...
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...