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Taxpayers’ Toxic Tenant
Aug 30, 2015 6:00 AM
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is supposed to safeguard our water supply. But it’s been leasing land to polluters, including an oil company with a history of chemical spills.
State Parks’ Cash Crunch: $720 Million For Repairs
Aug 22, 2015 10:19 PM
Illinois’ inability to fix or upgrade hundreds of basic projects threatens the environment and public safety, according to a BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation.
More Contracting Irregularities Alleged At Pace
Aug 18, 2015 8:54 AM
Taxpayer-funded suburban bus agency is hit with lawsuit alleging misconduct in bidding process. Complaint follows arrest of another Pace official for alleged kickback scheme.
Neighborhood Schools Hit By Cuts, Charters Spared
Aug 16, 2015 6:00 AM
Dollar reductions target traditional Chicago public schools for upcoming year while privately managed learning centers get additional funding.
More City Colleges Campuses To Specialize
Aug 13, 2015 6:00 AM
As Chicago’s community college network further consolidates programs at specific campuses, critics worry that fewer students will enroll.
The Chicago River’s Rancid Wake
Aug 9, 2015 5:44 AM
City still routinely dumps sewage into the Chicago River, even as Mayor Emanuel touts the waterway for recreation. Environmentalists say now is the time for regulators to crack down.
BGA Updates, Expands Public Pension Portals
Aug 4, 2015 6:19 AM
Nearly all current and former government workers who are drawing a public-sector pension or may be eligible for one some day are now included on new and existing Better Government Association databases.
Despite Reforms, Pension Spiking Still Stinging Taxpayers
Aug 2, 2015 5:46 AM
Roughly 450 municipalities have given employees end-of-career raises in recent years that translated to higher pensions. Taxpayers are paying the price in more ways than one.
BGA Files Series Of Pro-Transparency Lawsuits
Jul 29, 2015 6:39 AM
Better Government Association sues Emanuel and Rauner administrations, as well as State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, for failing to comply with state’s open records law.
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