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Mar. 20, 2011 — The Secretary of State’s Inspector General launches an investigation after the BGA’s ongoing look into the management practices of Oak Brook Village President John Craig, who’s also working for the Illinois Secretary of State as a $64,000-a-year “dealer rep” (someone who checks on local car dealerships to inventory temporary licenses). Craig is defeated in his

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Jan. 31, 2011 — Philanthropist Richard Driehaus approves a $1 million matching grant to the BGA to help us elevate the scope and impact of our investigations, civic engagement and public policy advocacy. The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust will match every dollar donated to the BGA up to 1 million over the next 3 years, and we’ll be announcing details of our “Million

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Jan. 12, 2011 — A BGA/CBS 2 investigation uncovers serious budget and operational irregularities in Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office. A total of three stories on the treasurer’s office air over the next month on CBS 2, identifying more than $343,181 in “questionable salaries.”