The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is considering forming an inspector general’s office, a move that Better Government Association (BGA) said it welcomes as long as the district does not employ half measures.
The Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times are questioning the adequacy of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) special education care following an in-depth investigation into the death of Rosario Gomez, a teenager with autism who drowned during gym class last winter.
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis has called the tax credit scholarship program created by recent education funding reform a “voucher program,” a characterization that lacks nuance, according to the Better Government Association (BGA).
Several recent political reversals are the manifestation of former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley’s adage, “Good government is good politics and good politics is good government,” according to Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association (BGA).
The City of Chicago is facing two years of contract negotiations on each of the 44 collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) it holds with labor unions, and the Better Government Association (BGA) is encouraging the city’s taxpayers to make their views heard in the process.
A fiasco involving the Chicago officials and the funneling of tax increment finance (TIF) district money away from where it was intended is proof that reforms and even an investigation are needed, the president of the Better Government Association (BGA) contends.
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.