The Better Government Association is Illinois’ only nonpartisan, full-service watchdog organization. We’re shining a light on government in Illinois and holding public officials accountable.
Reporting on thousands of drug-possession cases in Cook County that were quickly dismissed at great cost to many received a best non-deadline reporting award from the Society for Professional Journalists. This was a USC Annenberg National Health Reporting Fellowship project as part of The Circuit, a multi-newsroom collaboration.
Reporting teams from Block Club Chicago, WBEZ, The Trace, Investigate Midwest and Harvest Public Media shared $27,000 in prizes, thanks to the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
The Better Government Association has named eight investigative projects as finalists for the 2022 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting.
Two BGA projects, with partners at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times respectively, won first and second place for public service in a contest judged by newspaper editors throughout the state