Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) might as well send Gov. Bruce Rauner a ransom note over the state's public school funding bill, the Illinois Republican Party said in a press release recently.
Senate Bill 1 isn't a reform bill meant to change the way schools are funded: It's a bailout of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and even the school system admits it, the Illinois Republican Party contended recently.
Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson's ongoing investigation into allegedly racist emails sent by Water District supervisors has revealed additional inappropriate messages, the Chicago Tribune reported recently.
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).
Illinois Republican Party Chair Chris Cleveland, who is also a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) parent, filed an ethics complaint against CPS CEO Forrest Claypool following a letter sent home with all 381,000 CPS students in February.
A government oversight group has sued Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration for allegedly failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding lead testing in the city's public schools.
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.
Chicago has failed to develop a strategy regarding affordable housing development, required no land for such housing in ideal areas in the last decade, and can't explain what happened to $4.5 million earmarked for construction of affordable housing units, an audit revealed recently.
The City of Chicago is preparing to replace high-pressure sodium lights with energy-efficient LEDs in 270,000 streetlights, but the investigative non-profit known as the Better Government Association (BGA) says residents have been kept in the dark about where the money to do the work is coming from.
Recent changes in the way the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is providing special education services and Individualized Education Programs (IEP) has ignited rage among parents, a questionable explanation from the CPS and a mathematical analysis by a watchdog group, the Better Government Association (BGA) reported recently.