Better Government Association

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The Better Government Association (BGA) is a non-profit based in Illinois. It was founded in 1923 to fight the influence of the Al Capone mob. It describes itself as "an independent, nonpartisan government watchdog group committed to fighting waste, corruption and inefficiency in government."

As of 2008, BGA was seeking federal subpoenas issued during the first six months of 2006 to Governor Blagojevich's office. The organization's right to the subpoenas has been upheld by both an Illinois trial court and a court of appeals.[1]


Studies and reports

The organization conducts investigations and publishes policy guidelines and research.

In 2008, the BGA released the Integrity Index, which "ranks all fifty states on the strength of their laws relating to transparency, ethics, and accountability in government."[2] In 2007, BGA collaborated with the National Freedom of Information Coalition on a 50-state study that graded responsiveness in each of the 50 states to FOI requests.[3]

Also in 2008, BGA launched the "Clout Fairy Blog" where news analysis and some of the opinions of the BGA are posted.

In 2002, BGA collaborated with Investigative Reporters and Editors on a 50-state study called Freedom of Information in the USA that ranked the FOIA laws in each of the 50 states.[4]

Contact information

Better Government Association
223 West Jackson, Suite 620
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 427-8330
Fax: (312) 386-9203

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