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.


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

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

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”.


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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

U.S. cash (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

Retired Pols Drawing Six-Figure Pensions

Some of the most notable — and even some of the most obscure — retired state officials are drawing massive pensions as the Illinois budget is bleeding red ink, a Better Government Association report reveals. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


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