The Better Government Association urged members of the Chicago City Council on Wednesday to consider moving on certain good government areas ripe for reform as the Council embarks on its final stage of budget considerations before passing or rejecting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s financial blueprint.

Testifying in City Council Chambers during the public hearing on the 2016 budget, BGA Policy Coordinator Judy Stevens spoke in favor of three BGA priority areas in an effort to convey their urgency to aldermen:

  • Immediate consideration and passage of the Privatization, Transparency, Accountability and Performance Ordinance
  • Consideration and passage of an ordinance that would merge the Office of the Inspector General with the City Council Office of the Legislative Inspector General, and
  • Reducing the high cost of legal fees related to violations of the Freedom of Information Act and other attempts to skirt transparency laws.

Read Stevens’ full testimony.