BGA Policy Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire

The results are in!  The commitment to transparency, accountability and equity within city government is key for any elected official. After all, we can’t successfully attack our most pressing problems without improving the very foundation of honest and transparent governing. Allowing the release of public documents through the Freedom of Information Act and committing to…

How Illinois Courts Are Hidden From FOIA

Transparency allows the people of Illinois to see into the inner workings of their government and hold their elected officials accountable. But there is still one area shrouded in darkness: the judicial branch of Illinois government.

BGA Budget Hearings Snapshot: Department of Assets, Information and Services, Department of Procurement Services and Chicago Animal Care and Control

Department of Assets, Information and Services The Department of Assets, Information and Services, which oversees the city’s physical buildings and facilities, motor pool and IT infrastructure, was created in the 2020 budget by the merger of the city’s Fleet and Facility Management and Information Technology departments. An August 2022 Better Government Association analysis found that…

BGA State Policy Agenda 2023

The Better Government Association policy team researches, drafts,  supports  and advocates for legislation that improves transparency, efficiency, equity and accountability in government in Illinois. We actively seek to work with other policy advocates, the public and government officials to advance these important goals, for the benefit of the people of Illinois. Outlined below are BGA’s…


Transparency Watchdog

BGA OpenGov is the Illinois affiliate of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

Without access to information about the workings of government, it would be impossible for citizens to determine whether taxpayer dollars were being spent responsibly and equitably, or to hold public servants accountable for their actions. 

Policy Statements

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Tools to help you locate your elected lawmakers based on where you live and follow legislation we’re tracking.

See What the Illinois State Legislature Is Doing

Better Government Association believes in transparency and accountability, which is why we have partnered with FastDemocracy to bring you some of the most powerful tools to keep tabs on your lawmakers in Springfield and their legislative actions.


Research & Analysis

BGA Budget Hearings Snapshot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced her proposed city budget for 2023 on Monday, Oct. 3. City Council begins meeting on Thurs., Oct. 6 for a twelve-day series of departmental budget hearings, at which budget staff and department heads are available to answer questions from the alderpersons.


Greising: If State’s High Court Blocks It, Pritzker May Find Another Path To Carry Out Cash Bail Reform

It was a no-brainer that the Illinois Supreme Court needed to step in to avert chaos once a Kankakee County judge invalidated portions of a state law designed to end most forms of cash bail in Illinois. Trouble was, Judge Thomas Cunnington’s ruling affected 65 of 102 Illinois counties, the ones that sued to block implementation of…