Pension Crisis – What’s next for Chicago & Cook County?

Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 430 S Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, 60605

It's not just state pensions that are in trouble. The Cook County and Chicago public pension systems are also in crisis. In an effort to explore and discuss possible solutions, the BGA is hosting its second forum on the public pension crisis, this time with the focus on Chicago and Cook County.

Idea Forum: Charter Schools, Neighborhood Schools & Public Education in Chicago

Illinois Institute of Technology, Exposition Center, Hermann Hall, 3241 South Federal St., Chicago, 60647

 Registration Closed. Click here to watch the video. Join the Better Government Association and Catalyst Chicago for a discussion about how charter schools have and will impact the landscape of public education in Chicago.  Moderated by Linda Lenz, publisher, Catalyst Chicago.Panelists include (additional panelists to be announced):Andrew Broy, President, Illinois Network of Charter SchoolsCharles Payne, University of […]

TIFs In An Era Of School Budget Cuts

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60605

The Better Government Association and Catalyst Chicago host a panel to discuss TIFs and school budget cuts. Moderated by Linda Lenz of Catalyst Chicago, speakers include Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader, Chris Brown from LISC Chicago, Bill Vaselopulos from Cook County Clerk's Office and Emily Miller of the Better Government Association. This program was recorded and streamed by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

Smart Streamlining: DuPage County Idea Forum

National Louis University, 850 Warrenville Road, Lisle, 60532

The BGA hosted an Idea Forum on government consolidation at National Louis University in Lisle, Illinois on Monday, February 24, as part of its efforts to promote the "Smart Streamlining" of government units in Illinois.Moderated by Madeleine Doubek, Chief Operating Officer of Reboot Illinois, the panel featured a lively discussion and question and answer session […]

What’s the Force Behind the Lucas Museum?

Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, 60604

Is building the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago's lakefront a fait accompli? Many people may think so but there are a lot of unanswered questions and crucial points that should be discussed before construction gets underway at the Museum Campus.

Getting the Scoop on Charter Schools

Portage-Cragin Library, 5108 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, 60641

So how transparent and open are Chicago charter schools? Hear what BGA investigators think. They'll share their experiences getting info and public records about charter schools... and talk about the tools you need to get the info yourself.

FOIA Facts & Friction: The Future Of Open Records Laws In Illinois

State Journal-Register Building, One Copley Plaza, Springfield, 62705

Hosted by the BGA's Springfield Advisory Committee, "FOIA Facts & Friction: The Future of Open Records Laws in Illinois" will be a balanced panel discussion that will consider the viewpoints of both those who make public information requests and those charged with responding to them.

Municipal Bankruptcy: Is Your Hometown or School District the Next Detroit?

Union League Club of Chicago, Crystal Room, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 60604

It’s a topic that has been widely discussed in the media and across Illinois, with most specifics left unaddressed and many questions left unanswered.

Because of these outstanding questions and in light of the financial crises facing Illinois and its municipalities, the Better Government Association hosted "Municipal Bankruptcy: Is Your Hometown or School District the Next Detroit?" on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.