Posts tagged "Better Government Association"

An Illinois pension primer gets to the heart of the problem

The Better Government Association recently published an apologia for Illinois’ high government worker pensions, diminishing them as a reason for the state’s financial problems. Its “Big pensions just a tiny part of big pension mess” is a disappointing and thin explanation that is based on union-friendly or financed sources, such as Ralph Martire, executive director of the... Read more »

Yet another transit favor for Speaker Madigan? Sheesh

House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn’t limit throwing around his clout to getting pay raises for pals in Metra and other state and local government agencies. Let’s not forget the even more lucrative practice of rounding up government contracts for pals. Here’s a fine piece of reporting by Bob Hergurth of the Better Government Association on... Read more »

Ex-City Colleges Chief owed $500,000 in Unused Sick Pay

By Patrick Rehkamp/BGA, with the Chicago News Co-op  For Wayne Watson, it sure paid to stay healthy. By the time Watson left his job as chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago in 2009, he had accrued around 500 unused sick days over his three-decade career with the community college system. While many public and private... Read more »

Must reading: Andy Shaw

Any one who cares anything about Chicago and Illinois needs to read this op-ed in the Chicago Andy Shaw Tribune. Andy Shaw, one of the best TV reporters in town, now is head of the Better Government Association, a storied and respected corruption fighting group in Chicago. In this op-ed, he helps open our eyes... Read more »
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