BGA Community Forum: Black Youth, Carjacking and the Cook County Juvenile Justice System

Join us on Monday, July 26, from 6 - 7 p.m. for an interactive virtual discussion moderated by BGA's Investigative Reporter Sidnee King on Facebook Live. King will be joined by community advocates to discuss the criminalization of Black youth, the issues that affect young Black life in Chicago, and where the solutions are for Black youth involved in carjackings and other crimes considered violent.

Set your reminders to join us on Facebook Live or register for the event through our Eventbrite page.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Tune in to ABC-7 Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to catch the latest Weekend Watch segment where we focus a spotlight on government. Director of Investigations John Chase will discuss a false statement made by Gov. Pritzker on the American Rescue Plan Act.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Tune in to ABC-7 Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to catch the latest Weekend Watch segment where we focus a spotlight on government. Investigative Reporter Madison Hopkins will discuss our follow-up from our April investigation we published with the Chicago Tribune that found Chicago city officials allowed dangerous conditions to go unfixed at dozens of buildings that later became the sites of fatal fires.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Tune in to ABC-7 Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to catch the latest Weekend Watch segment where we focus a spotlight on government. Investigative Reporter Alejandra Cancino will discuss an update on the controversial Near North TIF. The city's Community Dev Commission approved an additional $600M in tax revenue to use for the completion of the project in a public hearing on Tuesday.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Tune in to ABC-7 Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to catch the latest Weekend Watch segment where we focus a spotlight on government. Investigative Reporter David Jackson will discuss the latest in the Loretto Hospital scandal. We have learned that Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is investigating the findings we've reported in collaboration with Block Club Chicago about the probe which comprises nearly $4 million in contracts awarded by the hospital to a friend and business associate of Loretto’s former chief financial officer, who resigned in March. Right now, the probe by the AG's office is focused on the hospital's charitable assets.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Director of Investigations John Chase will talk about Rep. Sean Casten. Rep. Sean Casten, a Democrat from suburban Chicago, has been making some solid points recently about global warming and the environment and its potential impact on the world, the nation, Illinois and Chicago. But in comments made last week at a news conference he overstated a couple of things. We will address what Casten said & how his people said he misspoke and then focus on what experts are saying about climate change in Chicago & what can be done to help.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Tune in to ABC-7 Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to catch the latest Weekend Watch segment where we focus a spotlight on government. Director of Policy Bryan Zarou will discuss BGA policy team's overall thoughts from the big players in support/against Lightfoot's proposal, the key parts of the budget, where the shortcomings are and how this affects communities

Understanding Cook County’s Pattern of Dead-End Drug Arrests

In Cook County, thousands of people are arrested every year for possessing small amounts of drugs only to have their cases thrown out just days later. It’s due to an unwritten rule in the courts that costs millions of dollars in taxes and costs those getting arrested their jobs, their homes and their freedom.

A new investigation, “Dead-End Drug Arrests,” examines this pattern in Cook County. The Better Government Association and the Chicago Sun-Times found those charged with carrying less than one gram of drugs are still routinely arrested although their charges are overwhelmingly dismissed in the earliest stages of their court cases.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Tune in to ABC-7 Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to catch the latest Weekend Watch segment where we focus a spotlight on government. David Kidwell, BGA's special projects editor,will discuss "Cabrini-Green: A History of Broken Promises." - a multi-part series by senior investigative reporter Alejandra Cancino, who spent a year sifting through hundreds of documents and conducted dozens of interviews to document the broken promises, delays and neglect of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex.

ABC 7 Chicago Weekend Watch

Tune in to ABC-7 Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to catch the latest Weekend Watch segment where we focus a spotlight on government. BGA President and CEO David Greising wrote a column breaking down the Mayor's strategy that includes solutions like increasing the involvement of the feds, suspending custody alternatives for people who have been charged with violent crimes (i.e. electronic monitoring). Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell and many law advocates have opposed Lightfoot's plans — Mitchell even calling it "unconstitutional." The Mayor expects to put a strategy in place by summer 2022.