BGA, Chicago Sun-Times Form Exclusive Multi-Platform PolitiFact Partnership

Ahead of historic 2018 elections, BGA’s fact-checking service teams up weekly with the Sun-Times, in print and online.

CHICAGO, Aug. 6, 2018 — The most important Illinois election season in a generation is under way, and two of the state’s leading newsrooms are joining forces to help voters separate fact from fiction.

Beginning this month, the Chicago-based, nonpartisan government watchdog Better Government Association — the Illinois affiliate of PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking project — will publish its PolitiFact work exclusively with the Chicago Sun-Times.

The fact-checks, which hold politicians and government officials accountable for what they say, will appear weekly in the Sun-Times newspaper and on its website, and will be co-produced by the Sun-Times with online videos, optimized for social media platforms. The two newsrooms also will coordinate on community engagement efforts to get voters involved. Here's a recent video:

This partnership exemplifies what’s required to succeed in the evolving media landscape: an eye toward collaboration and an understanding that innovation requires shared commitment and investment.

“The BGA’s PolitiFact work is one part of our mission of fighting for transparency, efficiency and accountability in government. This partnership with the vigilant and hard-working Sun-Times newsroom will expand the reach and impact of all our work,” said David Greising, president and CEO of the BGA.

Here’s how voters can find and follow the PolitiFact work:

CONTACT: Solomon Lieberman, Vice President/BGA, slieberman@bettergov.org.