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BGA Citizen Watchdogs of Education: Free training sessions throughout Chicago where you'll learn how you can monitor what’s going on in your local public schools.


Free FOIA Clinics: Do you have questions about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? Schedule a free, one-on-one consultation.

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Jul 5, 2015

Harvey’s Mayor Resists Sheriff As Municipal Watchdog

South suburb’s City Council votes to appoint Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart as inspector general. Mayor Eric Kellogg vetoes move. The wrangling isn’t...
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Jun 28, 2015

Big Pensions For Small Sewage Board

The South Lyons Township Sanitary District doesn’t pay its elected officials much but the retirement benefits can be rich – despite efforts to end...
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Jun 25, 2015

Pain on Way: Illinois’ Budget Cuts Hit Home

Cash-strapped cities, towns and suburbs set to slash public safety, reduce pension costs, tap rainy day funds and explore bankruptcy, a BGA Rescuing...