Low-income seniors who rely on homes provided by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) have been the victims of poorly managed renovation projects, according to a recent investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA).
You'll need to dig deep to pop for a soda in the Chicago area, according to the Better Government Association (BGA), which says the new Cook County beverage tax has made it one of the most expensive places in the United States for soft drinks.
Chicago officials connected with the development of the new hotel at McCormick Place and the renovations at Navy Pier recently denied accusations by the Better Government Association (BGA) and Crain’s Chicago Business that tax increment financing (TIF) funds for the hotel were improperly used for the pier.
The Better Government Association (BGA) and Crain’s Chicago Business have accused Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration and the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA) of using creative bookkeeping to direct $55 million in tax-increment financing (TIF) funds to the Navy Pier for renovations.
Better Government Association (BGA) CEO Andy Shaw threw a bone to four government watchdogs recently whom he said have proven their dedication to moving Chicago away from politics as usual and toward good government.
Amid the discussions regarding the Chicago City Council's approval of a rule on public comments during meetings, the Better Government Association (BGA) outlined ways the council can promote an open line of communication that works for both government officials and residents.
A medical supply executive and the husband of a Chicago alderwoman have been cited by the Chicago Board of Ethics for lobbying Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his personal email account, according to the Better Government Association (BGA).
The Cook County Board of Commissioners is considering a measure to create an electronic "witness slip" system that would make the county – one of the largest in the country – a national frontrunner in public access and transparency.
A government oversight group has filed a motion to reopen its case against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for personal emails that relate to public business.
The Chicago Board of Ethics has sent letters of suspected lobbying violations to 14 individuals and their companies in cases tied to the release of thousands of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal emails, according to the Better Government Association (BGA).
It costs Illinois municipalities $5 million to maintain park district police forces that cover areas already under the watchful eye of the regular police department, the Better Government Association reported recently.
Illinois' 850 school districts spent more than $1 billion in 2014 on administrative costs alone, well above the amount spent by any other state, a Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) report said recently.