About Us

The Better Government Association is Illinois’ only non-partisan, full-service watchdog organization. We’re shining a light on government in Illinois and holding public officials accountable.

The BGA’s mission is to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in government by exposing waste, fraud and corruption, advocating effective public policy and informing and engaging the community.

The BGA works within Five Pillars of Action — to investigate, litigate, educate, advocate and communicate — in an effort to bring better government to Illinois. We go beyond exposing problems to proposing solutions and advocating good government reforms.

Since 2009, the BGA has experienced a tremendous revitalization. The staff has grown from two to more than 20 full- and part-time employees, and the budget has expanded from $300,000 to more than $3 million. We're grateful to our supporters who made this growth possible.

We've laid a strong foundation for reform in Illinois. This watchdog work is making a difference. We're seeing real and measurable progress. Together we can make an even bigger impact. If you believe government in Illinois needs a watchdog, please consider supporting the BGA.

The BGA is a nonpartisan and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We do not accept donations from government agencies or from political organizations.


Better government is up to us! An open letter from the BGA family to inspire all of us to step up, get informed and get engaged in bringing better government to Illinois. (4:03)