Shaw Thoughts

I’ve been communicating with many of you for nearly 40 years as a newspaper reporter, a political correspondent on TV, a radio commentator and now as President & CEO of the BGA. This is where I post my weekly column on government issues you should know about. I’d love to hear what you think. Email me at

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Must Reads

BGA To Mendoza, Foxx: Follow FOIA Better Than Your Predecessors

December 11, 2016
Last year we had to sue both the comptroller's and state's attorney's offices for public documents. Don't make us do it again.

Let's Be Frank: Chicago Bag Tax More About Bucks Than Environment

December 4, 2016
Pretending the bag tax is about anything other than revenue just breeds cynicism in already suspicious Chicagoans.

Lots Of Chicago Police Reform In The Air But Not Enough On The Ground

November 28, 2016
How committed is Rahm to police reform? Depends on who you ask.
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