Advocating for term limits for an office you hold is not the norm. Chicago Inspector General Deborah Witzburg deserves praise.
Growth of “Finance General” Category in Chicago’s Budgets Obscures Departmental Costs; Reflects Rising Pension and Borrowing Expenses
A yearly Chicago ritual is about to begin. Oct. 16 marks the start of two weeks of budget hearings, when department heads will appear before City Council to take questions about their administrative budgets, part of the city’s 2023 municipal budget cycle – the first under Mayor Brandon Johnson. As they are each year, these…
Highlighting Their Roles and How to Submit Claims of Wrongdoing to Each Office
100 days ago this Wednesday, Brandon Johnson was sworn in as mayor of Chicago. During the campaign, Johnson, along with all other candidates except incumbent mayor Lori Lightfoot, responded to a Better Government Association questionnaire focused on transparency, accountability and ethics in government. Below are Johnson’s responses from the campaign trail, with the BGA policy…
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s proposed municipal budget for the 2024 fiscal year is scheduled for release on Wed. Oct. 11. Get the details of each department’s proposed budget with BGA Budget Snapshot
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Better Government Association Statement: Supreme Court FOIA Ruling Limits Transparency; Significantly Broadens Exemptions to FOIA
A unanimous Illinois Supreme Court ruling yesterday in a case called Chapman v. Chicago reverses a lower court’s ruling and blocks plaintiff Matt Chapman’s open records request for information from the City of Chicago’s Department of Finance. The court’s ruling undermines the public’s right to know about the workings of government and is a threat…
In response to today’s guilty verdict in the federal corruption of former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, lobbyist Mike McClain, former ComEd lobbyist John Hooker, and former lobbyist and City Club president Jay Doherty Better Government Association President David Greising said the following: “The jury’s guilty verdict on all counts strikes a blow against the culture…
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It’s hardly news that the juvenile justice system in Illinois is failing the young people it is supposed to serve. In the Cook County detention center alone, advocates and…
The City Council has an opportunity to eliminate the practice of letting individual committee chairs control the hiring of their staff.
There’s no reason for the City Council to maintain its unspoken power-sharing agreement with the mayor when it comes to committees.
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Chicago’s historically short budget deliberations are creeping longer and longer, but still wrap up much faster than most major U.S. cities.
Executive-office pens in the City of Chicago saw a flurry of activity during the transition from Lori Lightfoot’s mayoralty to Brandon Johnson’s. The outgoing mayor issued thirteen executive orders during her last week in office, while Johnson signed four following his May 15th inauguration ceremony. Neither Illinois’ statutes nor Chicago’s municipal code contain explicit language…
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