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

FOIA At 50: Public Records Laws Important, Often Ignored

July 17, 2016
You'd think at this point it wouldn't be so hard for us to get the public information we're entitled to. Think again.

Chicago's Airbnb Battle Brings Back Memories

July 3, 2016
Watchdog shares memories of his own home sharing experience.

Term Limits For Chicago's Mayor? Ex-Gov. Pat Quinn Says Yes

June 26, 2016
Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is back in the limelight with a new campaign that targets Chicago's City Hall.
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