As a young reporter at the Chicago Tribune in the early 1970s, Pam Zekman had repeatedly asked her editors to buy her a tavern. Then she went across the street to the Sun-Times, and she found an editor ready to say yes. To be clear, Zekman’s desire to open a bar was stri
Another issue hung over the state's head is its pensions; more money was promised than available to distribute. But, a new investigation from the Better Government Association took a closer look at one group that continued to make out nicely upon retirement.
This week, Rahm Emanuel marks his 100th day as Chicago's mayor. This is an artificial milestone - we know - but one Emanuel himself set before taking office, when he laid out some early goals.Among the promises: making city hall more transparent than in the past.
A wrongful conviction is a horrible cost to the person who goes to prison for a crime they did not commit. But they're also a huge burden for taxpayers. That’s according to a new report out from the Better Government Association and the Center on Wrongful Convictions.
Currently, there are 50 aldermen on city council—one for each ward. But according to one of "Eight Forty-Eight's" guests Monday, it could be smaller. Emily Miller is a policy and government affairs coordinator with watchdog organization the Better Government Association.
The handful of mayoral candidates who attended a mayoral forum at Walter Payton College Prep Wednesday night just barely gave public schools a passing grade.Former School Board President Gery Chico, City Clerk Miguel Del Valle, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun and State Senator James Meeks agreed
The Regional Transit Authority oversees CTA, Pace and Metra; in a system that big, fraud is a fact of life.But the RTA has tended to focus on internal abuses of resources.A new report out from the Better Government Association and Fox Chicago News finds that riders have also been abusing the system.