BGA President & CEO Andy Shaw got a warm welcome from two groups in Springfield this September. Shaw shared the BGA’s watchdog message with the Springfield Area Realtors and the Westside Rotary Club annual business meeting. Heads nodded as Shaw explained why the BGA wants a front-row seat in the Statehouse: It’s where elected officials allocate most of our state tax dollars, make major decisions that affect our lives and manage a government wracked with chronic fiscal and ethical problems.
The BGA’s expansion to Springfield continues with the recent formation of the Springfield Advisory Board. Andy Shaw can be heard every Wednesday morning on Springfield radio WMAY with Jim Leach. And coming soon, we’ll announce details for an important Springfield event in November 2014.
The property tax sale process that can result in people losing their homes robs those communities of generational wealth, critics say. And Cook County’s last-chance fund to help make some of those homeowners whole is years behind in paying claims.
A Chalkbeat Chicago and Illinois Answers Project investigation revealed that despite student needs, high poverty districts have spent smaller portions of their ESSER funds in comparison to low poverty districts.