The Better Government Association was founded in 1923 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary of serving Illinois residents in 2023. The BGA publishes the Illinois Answers Project as well as BGA Policy, which advocates for more transparent, accountable and equitable government through public policy reform.


The Better Government Association is a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization and civic advocate working for transparency, equity and accountability in government in Chicago and across Illinois.

How We Operate

The Illinois Answers Project and BGA Policy teams operate autonomously, with internal policy and practices that ensure the separation of journalism and advocacy. The BGA leadership team maintains oversight over both teams.