CPS Over The Years: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

June 24, 2017
BGA President & CEO Andy Shaw reflects on his rocky, half-century relationship with CPS.

12 Reasons To Appreciate Springfield. Seriously.

June 10, 2017
Despite the budget blues, legislators passed several good government bills on their way to the governor's desk.

As Statehouse Press Corps Dwindles, Other Reliable News Sources Needed

May 27, 2017
In 2001, 40 journalists covered the Capitol full-time. Now there are only 10.

Andy Shaw: Chicago Has Tough Government Watchdogs, State Has Wimpy Lapdogs

May 13, 2017
Hats off to the Police Board, Ethics Board and IGs that are stepping up to hold public officials accountable.

Andy Shaw: No Budget Deal In Springfield But Progress On Good Government Reforms

April 29, 2017
While leadership flails on a budget deal, rank-and-file legislators in Springfield are moving the ball on good government issues.

Andy Shaw: Empty Voting Booths A Symbol Of Our Ailing Democracy

April 15, 2017
“By any statistical measure we’re a worse democracy today than 40 or even 20 years ago.” -Dick Simpson, political scientist

Andy Shaw: Illinois School District Administration A Bureaucratic Boondoggle

April 1, 2017
Illinois school districts are so administratively top heavy that they're depriving schools of valuable instruction dollars.

Andy Shaw: Time For Leaders To Walk The Walk On Chicago Reform Talk

March 18, 2017
Reforming gun sentencing, bail and police union contracts are just some of the encouraging efforts around Chicago.

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