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Don't Let Dixon's Recovery From Massive Ripoff Obscure Oversight Lessons
Feb 8, 2014 7:24 PM
Every government office should display this famous line from Dixon's favorite son, Ronald Reagan: "Trust but verify."
Tragic Reminder That We Should Also Recognize Good Government
Feb 2, 2014 8:26 AM
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind us that public service is more than high level officials with fat salaries and generous benefits, and low-level bureaucrats who watch the clock as they push paper around.
"Smart Streamlining" Tops Our New Springfield Agenda
Jan 25, 2014 9:24 AM
It’s “show time” again in Springfield — Gov. Pat Quinn kicks off the new legislative session with the State of the State speech on Wednesday — and what a difference a couple of months can make.
CTA Pension Fund Gives Us More To Rail About
Jan 19, 2014 8:23 AM
Let’s say a trustee on the board of a public pension plan is running for political office, and solicits campaign contributions from the fund’s investment advisers — firms the trustee has the power to hire or fire.
When A Teen Plays Cop
Jan 12, 2014 9:36 AM
The teenage son of DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba was too young to vote, buy a beer or work as a deputy in his father’s cop shop.
Before Getting Another Dime In Funding, Circuit Clerk Needs To Embrace Reforms
Jan 6, 2014 10:17 AM
Dorothy Brown’s 13-year reign as Cook County’s Circuit Court Clerk gets mixed reviews, but two things are pretty evident: She’s bold, and politically connected.
One Resolution: Lose The Fat (From Governmental Bodies)
Jan 3, 2014 9:02 AM
This is how a wishful watchdog hopes our Illinois state legislators spent New Year's Eve: Popping a Champagne cork, strapping on a party hat, pulling out a kazoo — and then considering some serious resolutions.
Top Ten Investigations Of 2013
Dec 30, 2013 9:20 AM
In the spirit of the season, here's what we consider the Better Government Association's "Top Ten Investigations of 2013" — not in order of importance because that's too arbitrary, but chronologically.
Pension Reform: Not Done Yet
Dec 15, 2013 8:21 AM
Public employees, past and present, consider the financial sacrifices they’re being asked to swallow in the state’s pension deal an unconstitutional betrayal by the Illinois lawmakers who supported the bill.
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