Better Government Association

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

Rod Blagojevich

BGA: Expect A Lengthy Sentence For Blagojevich

The Better Government Association thinks federal prosecutors will win the hefty sentence they are seeking for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

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

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Committee To Discuss High Costs Of Wrongful Convictions

An Illinois Senate committee holds hearings Monday on the high cost of wrongful convictions.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Scott Olson/ Getty Images)

Emanuel Has Plan To Recover Unpaid Water Bills From Suburbs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a plan to recover almost $15 million owed by some suburbs for unpaid water services provided by the City of Chicago.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

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City Taking Steps To Collect Millions In Unpaid Water Bills

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that he is actively going after $15 million in unpaid water bills owed to the city by four Chicago suburbs. He also promised to take another look at free water that the city supplies to various non-profit groups.

CBS 2–09/22/2011

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

Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine on July 20, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Seeking To Make City Government More Open, Accessible

Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought to bolster his credentials as a reformer Wednesday, in an online interview with the head of a leading good government group.

WBBM Newsradio–08/18/2011

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

Arthur Rodriguez effectively got a paid vacation while investigators sorted out an airport security breach he caused. (CBS)

City Is Slow To Discipline Worker Who Breached Airport Security

City employee Arthur Rodriguez helped friends get through security at Midway Airport, but got a slap on the wrist — and, arguably, a paid vacation — for his misconduct. The 2 Investigators report.

06/30/2011

The roulette wheel spins at Caesars Atlantic City July 8, 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn Still ‘Undecided’ On Gambling Expansion Bill

Governor Quinn continues to insist he hasn’t decided yet if he’ll sign that major Illinois gambling expansion bill.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2011

Prison fence

Report: Wrongful Convictions Cost Taxpayers A Fortune

Wrongful convictions not only cost prisoners their lives, but also cost taxpayers a fortune, according to a new investigation.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011

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.

04/11/2011

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.

02/07/2011

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