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Follow the money paid to public-sector employees throughout Illinois.
Find out who in Illinois may qualify for a public-sector pension some day.
Follow the money paid to retired public-sector employees throughout Illinois.
See active labor contracts relating to municipal government and ultimately other public agencies in the Chicago region.
See important documents (contracts, budgets, payroll, etc.) from hundreds of public school districts.
See detailed information on public-sector pension plans for Downstate and suburban police and fire departments.
See news stories, opinion pieces, lawsuits, videos and other public records related to law enforcement.
See lawsuits filed by the BGA in the name of government transparency and accountability.
The FBI maintains files on select individuals. Here are some of the Chicago FBI files we've obtained.
Want to know the qualifications and backgrounds of current and former government leaders in Illinois?
Unless a specific exemption applies, public bodies must allow public access to all public records. Learn how to file a Freedom Of Information Act request.
A state law that requires meetings of public bodies to be open to the public except in certain, specific situations.
Not sure who represents you? Use this tool to find your elected officials.
This Index is the culmination of a year’s worth of exhaustive and, occasionally, painstaking research, analysis, writing, editing and other related tasks performed by the BGA’s policy team, co-workers and contributors.
A sampling of municipal apps the BGA found while researching its most recent Good Government Spotlight Report.
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