Andy Shaw

2 Investigators/BGA

Lobbyists Drawing Lucrative Pensions Partially Paid By Taxpayers

They aren’t government employees. They are in effect lobbyists, but their salaries and pensions are funded in part by your tax dollars.

CBS 2–01/18/2012

Andy Shaw

BGA Calls For Abolition Of Legislative Scholarship Program

The Better Government Association doesn’t trust lawmakers to reform the state’s legislative scholarship program, so it is calling for the abolition of the program.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2012

Andy Shaw

BGA: Transparency ‘Training Course’ Insufficient For Illinois Officials

A new law taking effect on Jan. 1 will mandate Illinois public officials learn more about transparency, but a good government group says it’s not enough.

WBBM Newsradio–12/28/2011

Cook County government seal (CBS)

2 Investigators: County Official’s Family Ties To Contractor Leads To Ethics Probe

You could call it a family affair: A Cook County government official helps oversee the work of a company that employs his relatives. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman investigates.


Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: Some State Board Members Paid More Than $300 An Hour

How would you like to make $40,000 a year for working just over 10 hours a month? Too good to be true? Not if you’ve got “the right stuff” for a state board like the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

CBS 2–11/08/2011

Solar panels installed on a Chicago rooftop. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Green Tech Boondoggle

A deal to install solar panels on public buildings seven years ago did not live up to expectations. 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports.


Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

Maywood Trustee Used Cop As Chauffeur

Andy Shaw, President and CEO of the Better Government Association is taking issue with the police chief in Maywood describing the use of officers to chauffeur trustees as a “courtesy”.


Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: City Owed Millions In Unpaid Water Bills From Suburbs

The city of Chicago is owed $47 million in unpaid water bills. It’s a big number for a cash-strapped city. A Better Government Association study found that those who owe much of that money might not be who you expect.

CBS 2–09/21/2011

Community College

BGA Investigation: Community College Pensions ‘Run Amok’

They’ve been called the poster children for a system run amok. The Better Government Association has found retired community college teachers bringing in six-figure retirement checks – earning far more state money in retirement than they did on the job.

CBS 2–09/07/2011

Countryside City Hall (CBS)

Countryside Mayor’s Wife Pushed Her Company On City Employee, Memo Says

Cathy Krzeminski reportedly urged a police employee to send city workers to her occupational health firm, a city memo says. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports.

CBS 2–08/04/2011

2 Investigators/BGA

CPS Moving To Fire Principal Over Fraud In Free Lunch Program

The Chicago Public Schools are moving to fire a principal and discipline 15 other employees, following disclosures by the CBS 2 Investigators and Better Government Association of apparent fraud in the free lunch program.

CBS 2–07/26/2011

Andy Shaw

Shaw: Transition Plan Will Keep Emanuel Accountable

The transition plan that Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel unveiled this week is a blueprint for how he intends to change things at City Hall. Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association weighs in.

CBS Chicago–05/12/2011

Mayor Daley's Last City Council Meeting

BGA: Corruption Tarnishes Mayor Daley’s Reign As Great American Mayor

Mayor Richard Daley is presiding over his final City council meeting. His legacy was the topic of this week’s Watchdog Wednesday segment on Newsradio 780 with Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association.

WBBM Newsradio–05/04/2011

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the thriller "Source Code," part of which was shot in Chicago. (Summit Entertainment LLC)

Like Something Out Of A Movie: Alleged Shakedown On Metra Film Location

Independent investigators are looking into allegations that a film location manager was hit up for a $2,000 bribe when the thriller “Source Code” filmed in Chicago last year. A Metra employee purportedly demanded the kickback.


Vegas Spa

Taxpayers Send Teachers To Vegas Resort

The 2 Investigators and the Better Government Association uncover questionable spending by a Chicago grade school that has neglected special-education students.


Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas

Treasurer Cuts ‘Party Planners’ In Wake Of Investigative Report

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is making some big changes after the 2 Investigators and the Better Government Association raised questions about the high salaries paid to her driver, her cleaning lady and now her party planners.


Andy Shaw

BGA: Tax Hike Plan Is ‘Backroom Dealing’

The Better Government Association describes the income tax hike being cooked up in Springfield as “closed-door backroom dealing.”

WBBM Newsradio–01/10/2011

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn And Republican Bill Brady (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

BGA’s Shaw: Gov Debate Lacked Substance

Following the latest debate in the race for Illinois Governor, the head of a civic watchdog group says there wasn’t much substance.

WBBM Newsradio–10/21/2010