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

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.

Paul Green: A Character And One Of A Kind

September 18, 2016
Paul Green's inside view of Chicago politics gave him a unique perspective on the battle between "regulars" and reformers.

Food For Thought At The 2016 BGA Luncheon: Elections Matter

September 11, 2016
Illinois can't afford more civic disengagement. That's why we're working to reform the election process.
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