Shaw Thoughts

I’ve been communicating with many of you for nearly 40 years as a newspaper reporter, a political correspondent on TV, a radio commentator and now as President & CEO of the BGA. This is where I post my weekly column on government issues you should know about. I’d love to hear what you think. Email me at

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Must Reads

Don't Let Redistricting Setback Stop Reform Efforts

October 9, 2016
Fight to end legislative gerrymandering goes on despite court decision.

Chicago Police Oversight Plan Almost Ready For Council OK

October 2, 2016
When it comes to policing, the stakes are high. There's no room for "good enough."

Cook County Recorder, Clerk Merger Is Smart Streamlining We Need

September 25, 2016
Illinois has more units of government than any other state. Here's one instance where you can do something about it.
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