Columns by BGA President & CEO David Greising.
Staring into a fiscal abyss can cause strange plans to enter the minds of even responsible public officials. We've seen how badly this can go in Chicago.
The Illinois House Speaker has not been charged with a crime, and if that ever were to happen, he would be entitled to a presumption of innocence. The court of public opinion is a different story.
The government-for-sale system needs to come to an end. But let’s reserve some outrage — and demand for reform — for the complicity and corrupt behavior of ComEd, the state’s largest utility.
The Rockford area and the southern suburbs have deep needs for equity-focused investment. Here's an airport plan that can work for both.
Yet, while it may seem odd to use the case of a governor who lost his job as an example, there are lessons to take from the Ogilvie experience.
Amazon is on a building boom in the area. It has around 10 fulfillment centers in northeastern Illinois. But the e-commerce giant is making its new investment — and likely planning more — without so much as a public hint that it needs an extra airport in Peotone.
The mayor is seeking systemic approaches to address the violence and poverty that plague the city. It's the right way to frame the problem. It also reveals the difficulty of the task she faces: Systemic change will be difficult, and cost a lot.
The call has gone out all across the land: “Defund the police.” It’s a popular slogan, even if the details are far from clear.
This year, perhaps the worst bad idea was a proposal to suspend the Freedom of Information Act and block access to public records during the height of the COVID-19 crisis.