As a result of a BGA investigation and legal action, The City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have agreed to release all of Emanuel's private emails related to city business. View the documents in this story.
A bill that would limit how much public officials can spend on taxpayer-subsidized travel is passed by legislators and heads to Gov. Rauner's desk. The legislation was inspired by news stories from the BGA and other media groups on questionable spending by school districts.
Following questions from the BGA about nonprofits donating money to Illinois politicians, despite an IRS ban on tax-exempt charities engaging in politics, a number of elected officials agree to refund money.
After BGA asks Emanuel administration about millions of dollars in city contracts awarded to company with serious workplace safety violations on previous municipal projects, city officials said they hadn't known, and demand answers from contractor.
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