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2 Investigators, BGA: Seized Gun Went Missing At Dolton Police Department

You’ll be surprised what 2 Investigator Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association discovered.

08/18/2014

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2 Investigators, BGA: Superintendent Salaries Costing Taxpayers

Most people would agree that a child’s education is priceless, but how much is too much to pay school superintendents?

05/20/2014

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2 Investigators, BGA: Does Chicago Have An Ambulance Shortage?

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association investigate claims by some paramedics that response time is too slow.

02/06/2014

CBS 2's Pam Zekman talks with Patrick Daley Thompson about a tax exemption he wrongly received. (CBS)

2 Investigators, BGA: Daley Relative Gets Extra Tax Break — For 12 Years

A nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley saved thousands of dollars because one of his properties wrongly received an exemption. 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports.

09/19/2013

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BGA Questions $750K ‘Golden Parachute’ For Former Metra Boss

A government watchdog group wants the Regional Transportation Authority to look into why former Metra executive director got a severance package worth up to $750,000 when he stepped down, even though he apparently wasn’t legally entitled to any severance pay.

06/25/2013

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BGA, 2 Investigators: County Treasurer Holds Wedding In Her Office During Business Hours

Is she a wedding planner now? We’re talking about Cook County treasurer Maria Pappas.

05/30/2013

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BGA, 2 Investigators: Ambulance Breakdowns Could Prove Deadly

It could have been a matter of life or death last month when a city ambulance broke down while rushing a gunshot victim to a hospital for emergency care. How could that happen? Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association investigate.

05/22/2013

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2 Investigators, BGA: Casino Treats Joliet Officials To VIP Cards

It’s not illegal, but it’s a bad bet, the BGA says. 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports.

04/04/2013

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BGA: Doctors Getting Rehired While Collecting State Pensions

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine, working with the Better Government Association, reports how they get away with it and where to find them.

03/26/2013

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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

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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: City Ambulances On Life Support?

Does the Chicago Fire Department’s vehicle fleet need a stretcher for itself?

02/18/2013

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School Investigator: Widespread Fraud Pervades Chicago School Lunch Program

CBS 2 and the Better Government Association first disclosed how Chicago Public School employees were gaming the $175 million program meant for poor children.

01/07/2013

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr leaving his house in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15, 2012 (Photo by ABACAUSA.COM)

Jackson Jr.’s Four-Month Absence ‘Troubling’ For Government, BGA Says

The head of the Better Government Association says the continued absence of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is troubling. and certainly not good government.

10/17/2012

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BGA Lawsuit Wants To Know: Did Sheriff’s Son Tap Into Sensitive Records?

The Better Government Association is trying to determine if Patrick Zaruba, son of the DuPage County sheriff, had access to a police database. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.

06/28/2012

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

Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association and Nanci Koschman react following a decision to appoint a special prosecutor to review the death of Nancy's son.  (Credit: WBBM Newsradio/Lisa Fielding)

Judge Allows Special Prosecutor In Deadly Fight Involving Mayor Daley’s Nephew

A special prosecutor will investigate a politically charged, fatal fight involving a nephew of retired Mayor Richard M. Daley.

04/06/2012

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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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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

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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

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