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Illinois Government

To Protect Their Missions, Nonprofits Must Actively Engage Legislators

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 02.11.2014 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

The state of Illinois took a big step toward resolving its dire financial position last week when the state assembly passed legislation to reform Illinois' public pension system. The bill aims to cut $160 billion in pension liabilities over 30 years.

How Well Do You Know the Illinois Supreme Court?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.10.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It tends to be the forgotten branch of government, so don't feel bad if you're not an expert on the Illinois Supreme Court.

Talking About a Little Illinois Revolution This Independence Day

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Those demonstrations in Egypt and Brazil, and the Arab Spring uprisings that came before them, remind me once again that our government can be better if we're willing, together, to put in some effort. To speak up. To demand change. To attend a meeting now and then.

BGA Legislative Wrap-Up: A Wrongful Convictions Win

Emily J. Miller | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

The BGA worked with Secretary of State Jesse White's office, stakeholders and lawmakers on a zero alcohol impairment policy for on-duty police in Illinois -- a new standard that would protect police and the public.

BGA Legislative Update: Progress on Wrongful Convictions

Emily J. Miller | Posted 07.06.2013 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

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.

BGA Backs New State Disclosure Effort

Emily J. Miller | Posted 02.02.2013 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

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.

Illinois Tax Site Down On Tax Day

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Jeralyn Camp waited until the last minute to file her taxes, but she thought it would be no problem because she would just use TurboTax software and s...

Blagojevich Corruption Scandal Paralyzes Illinois Government

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made a point of regularly going to work at his office in Chicago. He has signed ...