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Moving The Needle
Apr 10, 2014 3:02 PM
Separate investigations by the Better Government Association with CBS2 and the Chicago Sun-Times – on U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and Chicago ambulances – are seeing results, helping with transparency and public safety.
No More Free Ride
Apr 9, 2014 9:27 PM
The days of free ambulance service in the Chicago area are over – but how municipalities establish transport rates, and collect fees, is raising good-governance questions.
For Cops, Concealed Carry Means New Rules
Mar 31, 2014 11:34 AM
Recently-passed law means police must react differently when they stop people with firearms, a Rescuing Illinois investigation discovers.
Mar 25, 2014 10:14 PM
As ambulance delays mount in Chicago, city tries to cover up the problem by urging dispatchers not to talk about it over the air.
An Alarming Trend?
Feb 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Chicago's trauma ambulances appear to be taking longer to respond to emergencies and critics say it's a symptom of a worsening ambulance shortage.
Feb 4, 2014 8:42 AM
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.
BGA/NBC5 Probe Prompts State Cop Agency To Take Action
Jan 15, 2014 10:15 PM
A special task force recommends a new police department standard for cutting blood-alcohol levels for on-duty officers.
Lessons From Cheeseland
Oct 9, 2013 9:46 AM
Milwaukee's handling of duty-disability claims for police officers could serve as a model for Illinois – if legislators ever tackle pension reform.
BGA Exclusive: Why Public Safety Mergers Are Inevitable
Sep 8, 2013 7:47 AM
A Rescuing Illinois report finds cross-border consolidation of police, fire and emergency services is the next major step for cash-strapped municipalities.
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