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Illinois' Legislature Sits Backs and Lets the Courts Do All the Work

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Scott Reeder, from the Illinois News Network, shared an update on Illinois' continuing two-and-a-half-month-long budget standoff, saying that at this ...

After Rauner's Ad Blitz, Madigan and Cullerton Respond

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even with all the news of the budget stalemate coming out of the General Assembly, the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to remember that not all new developments out of Springfield this spring have been bad.

The Future of Illinois Is Just as Important as Caitlyn Jenner or the Blackhawks

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There have been so many important topics in the news this week that many Illinoisans might have missed the details of one of state's most far-reaching stories this week.

Shaw: Police Brutality Can Be Traced to Police Secrecy in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With a national conversation surrounding concerns about police brutality taking center stage, the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw examined where such issues come from when they happen in Illinois.

Shaw: Illinois' Freedom of Information Act Must Remain Functional to Uncover Instances of Corruption

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Ever since Illinois rewrote and bolstered its Freedom of Information Act in 2010, government officials of all stripes have done their best to chip away at it. Such is the case with a bill vetoed this year by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Does One Illinois Village Hold the Answer to All Our Pension Problems?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois pensions are in trouble. Everyone can agree on that. But not everyone can agree on how to fix it.

Shaw: Illinois Needs Responsible Voters

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois statewide election is only days away, and the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to think very carefully about their candidate choices before they vote. He says the state needs informed, responsible voters to make Illinois great.

Shaw: Illinois Governor's Race Is Dramatic, But Where Are the Answers?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The future of Illinois' governance is up for grabs, and with it come answers to questions about what could happen to the state's income tax, minimum wage and pension reform efforts. But Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association cautions voters from getting too caught up in the drama of it all and to focus on the issues.

BGA: Chicago Public Schools 'Willfully and Intentionally' Delaying FOIA Requests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Andy Shaw at the Better Government Association says the organization has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools for "willfully and intentional...

Illinois Government Consolidation Could Be Coming to an Agency Near You

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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...

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...