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We’ve moved! 29 Apr 2013 | 10:55 pm

We’re now posting on the Better Government Association main website. To view the latest Morning Watch posts CLICK HERE or go to http://www.bettergov.org/blogs/morning_watch/.

Dumped-On Englewood Watchdog Blasts City, Bags Clean-up 27 Apr 2011 | 07:25 am

Englewood resident and watchdog Theresa Jones got new neighbors a few weeks ago: bags and bags of garbage. Like any rotten neighbor, the trash attracted squatters—rats big and mischievous enough to tr...

Is Help on the Way for City’s Troubled 911 System? We’re Still Waiting… 2 Mar 2011 | 03:18 pm

Chicago Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) had a bit of a problem a few months back at her ward office in the Austin area. A volunteer who had been acting strangely was told that his services were no longer ...

Local Watchdog Empowered by Feb. FOIA Clinic 1 Mar 2011 | 07:33 am

“I attended the FOIA seminar on Thursday, Feb 10, 2011. I could not believe how much power a humble citizen can have if he/she finds the right information regarding various responsibilities of taxpaye...

Upcoming Event: ABCs of School Funding 4 Feb 2011 | 09:28 am

Registraion is recommended for the Feb. 8 event: http://blainepta.weebly.com/martire.html Interested in learning more about education funding? Check out this free discussion on Feb. 8, 2011: ABC’s of...

BGA Citizen Watchdogs Sound Alarm Over Slow 911 Response Times in Austin 2 Feb 2011 | 07:38 am

Serethea and Ron Reid have become so alarmed by slow and non-existent 911 response in Austin, they've formed a community organization to make their voices heard. By the Better Government Associa...

Short-Term Appointment is Deciding Vote on Taxes, Death Penalty 19 Jan 2011 | 12:28 pm

As published on The Welles Park Bulldog News, by Patrick Boylan Kathleen C Moore, a retired school teacher from Lincoln Park, was appointed by 11th legislative district Democratic committeemen to fil...

Time Out Chicago spotlights BGA’s volunteer ‘snoop dogs’ 14 Dec 2010 | 10:21 am

An illustration of what must be a BGA Watchdog in action, courtesy Emily Flake Seated at desks in a music classroom of Austin’s Christ the King High School last week, a couple dozen Chicagoans—among ...

West Side Watchdog Training a Success 8 Dec 2010 | 07:47 am

What a great crowd last night at the Citizen Watchdog Training on the West Side! We love seeing such an engaged group ready to stand up and make a difference in their government. Last night the BGA’s...

Northside Watchdog Talking TIFs 30 Oct 2010 | 11:28 am

After attending the TIFs 101 forum last month, which was moderated by BGA Executive Director Andy Shaw, Volunteer Citizen Watchdog Patrick Boylan took a close look at the North Western Avenue TIF Dist...

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