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  • You, Too - The Public Cost of Sex Harassment

    In a three-month investigation, NBC5 Investigates, Telemundo Chicago, and the Better Government Association tracked down case after case of government employees in the Chicago area, accused of sexual misconduct, harassment, abuse, assault, or even rape. We filed nearly 2,000 public records requests for documents from local governmental agencies, and – so far – found it cost taxpayers $55 million over more than 400 cases. Tracking hundreds of lawsuits, complaints, and internal investigations filed over the past ten years, we found scores of complaints with local police departments, city halls, public schools, community colleges, park districts, townships and more.
  • Better Government Association and WBEZ: TRAPPED

    In Chicago’s public housing for senior residents, something as simple as taking an elevator can be dangerous. The Better Government Association and WBEZ 91.5FM investigated how the Chicago Public Housing Authority failed to maintain safe operating conditions in dozens of elevators.
  • Taking Cover, by WBEZ and the Better Government Association

    A Better Government Association/WBEZ investigation into shootings by police in the Cook County suburbs. The investigation found a startling lack of accountability, or even effort to improve following questionable officer-involved shootings. It also found many of these small suburban departments struggled to pay for basic training and discipline for officers, with no support from the state.
  • Better Government Association: Recycling in Chicago

    Chicago, long notorious for mismanaging its recycling programs, allows a private city recycling hauler to divert tons of residential plastics and paper into landfills the company owns. The situation creates an unfair system that treats residents differently depending solely on where they live, costing taxpayers twice to handle the same materials and making Chicago the worst city in the nation in terms of its recycling rate.
  • The Impact After the CHA Plan for Transformation

    Data from U.S. Housing & Urban Development, the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Census Bureau was analyzed by census tract in the city of Chicago and by municipality in the six-county suburban area for the years 2000 and 2015. In 1999, Mayor Richard M. Daley boldly promised to transform public housing in Chicago — in part by tearing down the high-rise housing projects that lined the city’s expressways and surrounded the Loop. Today, nearly every Chicago neighborhood — and almost every suburb — has felt the impact of the Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation,” a Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found. https://cst.carto.com/viz/2a5170a2-2ec4-11e6-93e7-0ecd1babdde5/public_map https://cst.carto.com/viz/c1072cca-3438-11e6-bce7-0e31c9be1b51/public_map
  • Exposing Waste, Fraud And Corruption

    The Better Government Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog that's been around for more than 90 years exposing waste, fraud and corruption in Chicago and throughout Illinois. The Illinois Freedom of Information Act is a key component of our work, not only for our investigations team, which regularly enlists FOIA to access and analyze public records, but also for the BGA's legal and policy units.
  • Investigating Police Misconduct

    In 2015, the Better Government Association continued to make police accountability and criminal justice one of the primary focuses of its investigative journalism. We raised questions about whether cases involving law enforcement officers were handled fairly and took a broader look at the cost of police misconduct. We also compared Chicago police shooting statistics to other departments across the country and found a troubling trend among our police force.
  • Chicago Public Schools' Fuzzy Math

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has bragged about the Chicago Public Schools graduation rate improving. But records show his numbers are inflated. Is CPS cooking the books? The Better Government Association investigates the graduation rate, and other claims made by the Emanuel administration about public education improvements in the city, and finds that the math doesn't always add up.
  • Valerie Jarrett Works To Close Tax Loophole – While Benefitting From It

    Top Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett was tasked with helping the president kill a controversial income tax perk used by the “wealthy and well-connected.” But a Better Government Association investigation uncovered Jarrett made a killing on a Chicago real estate deal by enlisting this very same benefit.
  • Chicago mayor's miracle graduation rates inflated

    As Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran for a second term, one of his main talking points was that during his first term graduation rates at the city's high schools shot up by 10 percent. But the rates he touted were inflated. The Better Government Association and WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio found that thousands of dropouts were wrongly labeled as transfers. Because of these reports, Emanuel and his school leaders were forced to revise down the graduation rates.