Will Illinois Get Snubbed By Trump White House? Not Necessarily, Observer SaysThe BGA's Andy Shaw says key Illinois Republicans, like businessman—and fundraiser—Ron Gidwitz and some members of Congress are close to President Trump.
Retired Suburban Schools Chief Draws More Than $300,000 A YearLawrence Wyllie, who ran the Lincoln-Way High School District, has the largest pension in the Illinois Teachers Retirement System.
2 Investigators: Chicago Cop Lied, Stays On The JobWhy did Cook County prosecutors decline to pursue a perjury case against Officer Allyson Bogdalek? CBS 2's Pam Zekman reports.
Chicago Police Should Create 'Early Warning System' To Detect Bad Cops, Watchdog SaysJason Van Dyke, the white police officer who shot and killed black teen Laquan McDonald in October 2014, has 18 complaints against him and yet no disciplinary action.
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.
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.
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.
BGA Questions $750K 'Golden Parachute' For Former Metra BossA 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.
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.
BGA, 2 Investigators: Taverns Give Campaign Cash To Mayors Who Regulate ThemAt least 50 mayors who double as liquor commissioners have taken campaign contributions totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the same bars they watch over. CBS 2's Pam Zekman reports.
BGA Urging Open Process For Any Deal To Privatize MidwayThe 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.
School Investigator: Widespread Fraud Pervades Chicago School Lunch ProgramCBS 2 and the Better Government Association first disclosed how Chicago Public School employees were gaming the $175 million program meant for poor children.
Cost To Repair Brown Line Rehab Mistakes Swells To $5.7MCTA 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.
BGA President: Jackson's District May Not Have Congressman For Several More MonthsConstituents 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.
Jackson Jr.'s Four-Month Absence 'Troubling' For Government, BGA SaysThe head of the Better Government Association says the continued absence of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is troubling. and certainly not good government.