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2 Investigators, BGA: Pension-Collecting Cops Rehired By City One Day After Retirement

They retire as Chicago police officers and get rehired by the city, doubling up on two taxpayer subsidized paychecks.

05/12/2015

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BGA: Rauner Pick For Environmental Post Previously Worked At Oil And Gas Pipeline Company

A government watchdog is questioning one of Governor Rauner’s picks for posts in his administration.

04/26/2015

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Dog Left In Animal Control Van For Days

A major benefactor of Chicago Animal Care and Control tells WBBM the latest foul-up at the facility is “unconscionable.”

04/24/2015

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Sanitary District Cop Caught On Tape Talking About Sleeping And Drinking On The Job

The Better Government Association has released tapes it obtained of a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District police officer who accidentally left his radio microphone open last year, talking about how politically-connected employees get away with avoiding work.

03/26/2015

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2 Investigators, BGA: ‘Prince Of Pensions’ On Rauner Transition Team

Bruce Rauner campaigned on the promise of government reform and fixing Illinois’ pension system, but CBS 2 and the BGA found that Rauner appointed Glenn Poshard, a 1998 candidate for governor, to his transition team, even though Poshard’s government pensions are among the highest in Illinois.

11/18/2014

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Rosemont Ordinance Would Keep Some Financial Information Secret

Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens said it comes down to Rosemont being at a competitive disadvantage by having to turn over to the public information about finances, incentives, and more for the Allstate Arena, the Donald Stephens Convention Center and the Rosemont Theater.

11/13/2014

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2 Investigators, BGA: Wrongful Death Settlements At Government Hospitals Costing Taxpayers

Hospitals supported by taxpayers have paid out more than $180 million in Illinois for wrongful death cases — deaths that could have been prevented.

10/15/2014

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Watchdog Accuses Chicago Public Schools Of Violating Open Records Law

The Chicago Public Schools have been hit with a lawsuit accusing the administration of violating the law when it comes to providing the public with information about how the district is run.

09/12/2014

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2 Investigators, BGA: Lynwood Police Investigate Brutality Claims

2 Investigator Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association have been working for a year to get videotape of the alleged incident.

09/11/2014

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BGA Suing City Over Blacked Out Emails About Animal Care And Control Commission

The Better Government Association is suing the Emanuel administration for blacking-out large chunks of emails about the troubled Chicago Animal Care and Control Commission.

08/12/2014

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BGA: Suburban Police, Fire Pension Fund Shortfalls Total $3.3 Billion

Police and fire departments across suburban Cook County might be in line for some budget cuts, as huge pension problems loom, according to a report from a government watchdog.

08/06/2014

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BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.

07/03/2014

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BGA Sues City To Release Video Of Dog Possibly Being Choked To Death

As WBBM has reported, employees at Chicago Animal Care and Control apparently choked a dog to death in March – and now the Better Government Association is suing the city for not releasing the videotaped evidence of that incident.

06/16/2014

BGA: Animal Control Mistakes Led To Deaths Of 2 Dogs

Chicago’s Animal Care and Control is charged with controlling and caring for unwanted or abused animals, but a WBBM investigation with the Better Government Association has uncovered recent mistakes that killed two dogs at the South Side facility.

05/15/2014

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Quinn’s Lawyer Acknowledges Inspector Probe Of Hiring

The topic came up at a status hearing in a civil case in front of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Attorney Michael Shakman asked in a motion last week for an investigation into Quinn’s hiring practices.

04/29/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner gives the thumbs-up after casting his ballot in the Illinois primary election on March 18, 2014 in Winnetka.  (Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Rauner Pounces On IDOT Patronage Hiring Allegations To Attack Quinn

Questions about alleged patronage hiring violations at the Illinois Department of Transportation have become a flashpoint in the race for governor.

04/25/2014

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Aldermen Call For Investigation Into Apparent Ambulance Shortage

A CBS 2 and Better Government Association investigation is getting results as alderman are calling for an investigation and hearings into potentially life threatening ambulance shortages in the city of Chicago.

04/02/2014

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BGA Questions Spending Meant For Congressman Rush’s Tech Center

An investigation by the Better Government Association has raised questions about a technology center launched by Congressman Bobby Rush more than a decade ago.

12/13/2013

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Aldermen Urge Mayor To Reappoint Inspector General Ferguson

Members of a City Council reform coalition were banding together to pressure Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reappoint Inspector General Joseph Ferguson to his job, despite his sometimes critical reports on the Emanuel administration.

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BGA: Overhaul Transit Boards To Change ‘Culture Of Corruption’

A government watchdog group said Wednesday that the resignations of two Regional Transportation Authority board members this week pointed to larger, troubling issues for the Chicago area’s transit agencies.

WBBM Newsradio–08/07/2013

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