Rauner Enters Fray Over Water Testing Around 'Clean' Dumps

February 25, 2017
A debate over water testing at construction dumps leads to a clash between economic interests and public safety concerns. 

U Of I, Cook Hospitals Spend Millions On Malpractice Payouts

December 21, 2016
Taxpayer-funded health systems settle dozens of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits over five-year period, BGA finds.

Illinois Schools Pushed To Test Water For High Lead Levels

September 20, 2016
Environmental groups propose law requiring elementary schools to test drinking fountains, other sources. Legislator cites lessons from Flint, CPS.

Chicago Housing Authority Places Families In Crime-Plagued Neighborhoods

September 10, 2016
The high-rise projects were torn down years ago to place families in safer settings. Yet public housing residents today face violent crime throughout the city.

CHA's Transformation Reshaped A City

June 25, 2016
In some neighborhoods, new clusters of subsidized housing. In others, poverty is ‘a lot more invisible now.’

Public Housing Families Flee to Suburbs

June 25, 2016
The number of subsidized households in Chicago's suburbs jumped almost 30 percent since 2000.

Daley's CHA Plan Jolted Region

June 25, 2016
Every Chicago neighborhood and almost every suburb felt the impact of public housing transformation, a Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government Association analysis has found.

Explainer: What is GARS?

April 28, 2011
It’s the General Assembly Retirement System and it’s virtually broke—a sorry situation shared by other major state-backed employee pension plans, which must increasingly rely on taxpayer-supported  financing and accounting gimmicks to shore them up.

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