After almost a year of visiting the suburbs, we brought our program back to the city at Lakeview's Second Unitarian Church.
We travelled back to DuPage County for our first visit to Naperville and talked to a group about keeping watch over their governments at the DePaul University campus there.
Citizen Watchdog Training came to Lake County for the first time with a session at Rosalind Franklin Unviersity. We had a great response from watchdogs and concerned citizens there.
Following investigations into DuPage County, the BGA conducted watchdog training at National-Louis University in Lisle.
Thanks to some great media attention, a large group of South Siders came out to Saint Xavier University for a training about keeping watch over their government.
Maywood watchdogs were in strong attendance the night we visited the town for training at Rock of Ages Baptist Church.
City watchdogs were at our training session at the Union League Club in Chicago.
We visited the Oak Park and River Forest area for a talk with a large group of watchdogs about the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act. We met at the Concordia University campus there.
The BGA traveled to Springfield to host its first ever downstate Citizen Watchdog Training. Michael Luke, Counsel to the Illinois Attorney General, gave a comprehensive presentation on the Open Meetings Act.
Joliet Junior College in Will County was home to the first Citizen Watchdog Training outside of Chicago. We covered the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act and national award-winning watchdog Brian Costin shared his efforts to make government more transparent and efficient in his hometown of Schaumburg.
Tammy Raynor shared her story about how she blew the whistle on a licenses-for-bribes scandal in some Illinois Secretary of State facilities. Raynor's tip sparked the federal investigation Operation Safe Road, which eventually resulted in 75 convictions.