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Illinois Government Consolidation Could Be Coming to an Agency Near You

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.20.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that gives local government bodies the power to vote themselves out of existence. House Bill 5785 gives lo...

The BGA fights for FOIA requests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In July, The Better Government Association sued the Illinois High School Association for denying a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request for in...

Madigan Accuses BGA's Shaw of anti-Democrat 'Bullying'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan last week accused Better Government Association President Andy Shaw of having a political agenda to damage the Democratic Party.

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

2014: Former Govs. Thompson, Edgar endorse Dillard

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard already had the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Edgar, for whom Dillard was chief of staff before launching his Illinois Senate career in 1993.

2014: Dillard, Rutherford Announce Running Mates via Social Media

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.03.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial candidates Dan Rutherford and Kirk Dillard used social media over the long holiday weekend to preview their running mate choices.

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

Daley raises $800k, demands campaign reform; Poll: Rutherford leads GOP pack; Government golden parachutes you pay for

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.31.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley tweeted Sunday night that he has raised $800,000 since announcing his candidacy three weeks ago. He...

Reboot Illinois introduces "2014" section: All 2014 election news all the time

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

INTRODUCING 2014: The race for governor in 2014 is loaded with issues critically important to the state's future: What will happen with the state's in...

Chicago's Mayoral Candidates Duke It Out on Education

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Education reform will take leadership from the top, but ultimately it's our collective responsibility to wrap our arms around our schools, and make them the heart of our communities.

Better Government Association: An Immense Force

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Miles J. Zaremski

Ever hear of the Better Government Association (BGA)? Hope you have, but if not, read on. The other evening at the Miramar Restaurant in Highwood, I...

Better Government Association Assembles 'Dream Team' Of Investigators

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago seems to be stepping up its game in terms of investigative journalism. The Better Government Association, which has teamed up with newspaper...

Bashing By Blagojevich A Badge Of Honor? Some Think So

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama is hen-pecked. U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid is a horse's behind. And U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is j...

Keeping Score in Chicago Episode 18: Crime and the Crusade of Andy Shaw

Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks

The guys on some funny - and not so funny - crime stories and Former ABC-7 political reporter and new Better Government Association boss Andy Shaw outlines his plan for combating corruption. It involves a teapot and you.

Hypocrisy in Chicago Politics is Deafening

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ray Hanania

This sordid pension fund investment is exactly the kind of scandal that should get every member of the pension boards fired, and Mayor Daley should not be given a pass.

Andy Shaw Retiring From ABC

Chicago Tribune | Phil Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Andy Shaw, a mainstay of Chicago media for more than 30 years, is retiring as WLS-Ch. 7's political reporter at the end of January, the Walt Disney Co...

State Has $831 Million In Capital Projects Ready

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At Barack Obama's press conference last Tuesday, ABC 7's Andy Shaw told him that across the country "mayors and county board presidents and governors ...

Obama Says No Extra Help For Chicago Friends (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama indicated Tuesday that his friends in Chicago and Springfield shouldn't expect special treatment for their debt-ridden g...

Obama Says Local Press Tougher Than National Media At McCain Meeting (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama gave a little media analysis during his meeting with John McCain Monday in Chicago, Abdon Pallasch reports in the Sun-T...