With one month to go in the spring General Assembly session, the BGA is pushing hard for reforms that create a more just, accountable and efficient Illinois government.
Appearing on the latest edition of CANTV's Chicago Newsroom, author and publisher of We the People Media Ethan Michaeli takes on the NRA, whose instructors, he said, trained him in the use of firearms.
Don Harmon's street cred as a "reformer" or progressive has to be questioned. Judged through a larger prism, Don Harmon, the state senator who represents Oak Park, isn't challenging the status quo. He is the status quo.
Having information about potential conflicts of interest held by public officials is vital to ensuring our government is accountable to taxpayers -- not to private or personal interests.
Voters get to weigh in on the hot topic of fixing state pensions this upcoming election. But the big question is: Will their vote really do anything to reform Illinois' financially devastated retirement system?
Criticism mounted in recent years as media exposed the legislative scholarship program as often being used for political, not educational, purposes. With a flourish of the pen, Gov. Quinn put an end to the state's scandal-tainted program.
An increasingly growing list of pension abuses in Illinois unfairly boosts taxpayer costs while the state's public pension system is breaking down and the overall economy is ailing.
While the state's latest legislative session ends with a whimper and not the big bang of much-needed public pension reform, taxpayers can still chalk up a few important victories.
A recent BGA investigation found a high rate of absenteeism among some DuPage County Board members. This begs the question: should governing bodies require elected officials to prove they are properly qualifying for a public pension?
At first glance I assumed it was another $50 donation. Another 999 of those and we'll hire a new investigator, I thought. But as I examined the numbers more closely the written amount jolted me like an electric shock: $50,000. From people I'd never met.