Better Government Association

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: Calumet City Pol Used Campaign Funds For Miami Trip

In the aftermath of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior’s conviction for misusing campaign funds, there’s been increased scrutiny of how politicians use the money donated by supporters. Now, the Better Government Association has found another lawmaker with questionable expenses.

03/06/2013

2 Investigators/BGA

2 Investigators, BGA: Suburban Cops Form Motorcycle Club

On-duty, they are police officers who took an oath to enforce the law. Off-duty, they formed a motorcycle club that looks like it supports outlaw biker gangs.

02/19/2013

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BGA: Some Suburban Cops Allowed To Work When Almost Drunk

The Better Government Association has found that local police are allowed to work when they’re close to what’s considered drunk.

02/15/2013

Midway International Airport (CBS File Photo)

BGA Urging Open Process For Any Deal To Privatize Midway

The Better Government Association has been putting pressure on the Chicago City Council as city officials weigh possible privatization of Midway International Airport, in an effort to make sure it won’t turn out like the disastrous parking meter lease deal.

02/13/2013

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: A Year Later, No Action From Governor On Review Of State Board Costs

Bloated and politically padded. Those are words a government watchdog group was using to describe state boards and commissions filled with members appointed by the governor.

CBS 2–01/16/2013

CTA crews replace wooden boards on a Brown Line train platform, because the boards originally installed as part of a $580 million reconstruction project were not weather treated, and had begun rotting just a few years after they were installed. (Credit: CBS)

Cost To Repair Brown Line Rehab Mistakes Swells To $5.7M

CTA fares are going up so that desperately needed infrastructure improvements can be paid for; all while the final fixes are underway to correct costly mistakes made on the CTA’s $580 million Brown Line reconstruction project.

CBS 2–12/11/2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

BGA President: Jackson’s District May Not Have Congressman For Several More Months

Constituents in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s district have gone without representation on Capitol Hill for more than five months, and the head of the Better Government Association said Wednesday that they might have go go without a congressman for several more months, thanks to Jackson’s ongoing health and legal problems.

11/14/2012

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: Cook County Treasurer Received Improper Property Tax Exemptions

She’s the Cook County Treasurer – the woman responsible for collecting property taxes, but now the Better Government Association has found the county did not collect thousands of dollars it should have gotten from Maria Pappas and her husband years ago.

CBS 2–10/17/2012

Stack of cash (CBS)

2 Investigators: Township Schools Treasurer Gets Questionable $539K Payment

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association investigate.

09/20/2012

School lunch (CBS)

Dozen High-Ranking Educators Accused Of Scamming School Lunch Program

A dozen principals and assistant principals have been removed for allegedly scheming to obtain free or reduced-price school lunches for their own children.

CBS 2–07/13/2012

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) talks to reporters on Dec. 8, 2011, about the sentencing of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich a day earlier. Blagojevich was convicted of trying to get $1.5 million in campaign cash from Jackson supporters in exchange for appointing Jackson to the U.S. Senate. Jackson has denied directing anyone to offer Blagojevich campaign cash. (Credit: CBS)

BGA’s Shaw: Rep. Jackson Owes Everyone A Better Explanation

Better Government Association president Andy Shaw says U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) owes the public more answers than he has provided.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2012

Malcolm X College (Credit: CBS)

BGA Praises End Of Controversial Sick Day Policy At City Colleges

The head of the Better Government Association is giving the Emanuel administration high marks for changing a controversial sick day policy at the City Colleges of Chicago.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2012

Richard M. Daley (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

BGA Blasts Pension Sweeteners For Daley, Aldermen

The Better Government Association is denouncing the latest examples of alleged government pension manipulation, uncovered by a Chicago Tribune investigation.

WBBM Newsradio–05/02/2012

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DuPage Sheriff’s Son Taken On Ride Alongs, Chased Fleeing Suspect

It could endanger people and cost taxpayers plenty. The DuPage County Sheriff’s son regularly goes on ride alongs with officers; he’s not a cop, but sometimes he acts like one.

CBS 2–04/25/2012

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: Teachers Retirement System Fund In Trouble

Illinois’ public employee pension funds are in trouble. The state’s largest retirement account is financially strapped, and many say it cannot go on unless big changes are made.

CBS 2–04/18/2012

David Koschman

BGA Fights For Special Prosecutor In Case Involving Daley Nephew

The Better Government Association is urging the appointment of a special prosecutor to reinvestigate the case of David Koschman, who died after being punched by a nephew of retired Mayor Richard M. Daley.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA Probe: Ex-City Colleges Boss Got Sweetheart Retirement Deal

He could be the king of double-dipping in Chicago. The Better Government Association says what’s happening with Chicago State University President Wayne Watson proves the public pension system is broken.

CBS 2–03/28/2012

Evanston Township High School

Evanston Residents Vote In Favor Of Abolishing Township

Voters in Evanston on Tuesday cast their ballots in favor of abolishing the township form of government.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Property Taxes

Study: Tax Levies In Cook County Rose 48 Percent In 10 Years

A new study shows how far and how fast taxes have been going up in various municipalities in Cook County.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2012

Illinois State Capitol

BGA Launches Petition To End Legislative Scholarships

The Better Government Association has set up an online petition to eliminate the state’s legislative scholarship program, with state Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) now accused of granting a scholarship to a political ally’s daughter.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2012

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