Illinois Answers Project, a solutions-focused investigative website, and BGA Policy, focused on advocating for good government, debut today
The Costly Toll of Dead-end Drug Arrests, published in December, examined how thousands of Chicagoans — mostly Black men — are arrested on drug possession charges judges, police and prosecutors all know will never stick.
Announcing 2011 Driehaus Foundation Investigative Award Winners
BGA Loses a Best Friend, John J. White
Mourning One of our Own
The Better Government Association has hired veteran Chicago journalist Alex Nitkin as its newest member to its newsroom team.
Reporting on thousands of drug-possession cases in Cook County that were quickly dismissed at great cost to many received a best non-deadline reporting award from the Society for Professional Journalists. This was a USC Annenberg National Health Reporting Fellowship project as part of The Circuit, a multi-newsroom collaboration.
Reporting teams from Block Club Chicago, WBEZ, The Trace, Investigate Midwest and Harvest Public Media shared $27,000 in prizes, thanks to the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Chicago is frequently targeted as a city with ineffective, strict gun laws. While the city has a history of implementing tougher laws in comparison to other cities, a Supreme Court decision drastically loosened some restrictions.
The Better Government Association has named eight investigative projects as finalists for the 2022 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting.