Bob Secter is the director of investigations at the Better Government Association. He joined the BGA in October 2016.
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Nearing the end of his term, Gov. Rauner pointed a finger at state Democrats over Illinois’ entrenched fiscal instability. History shows both sides played a role.
Still months away, the race for the city’s top office is already gaining steam. Here’s a recap of the issues would-be candidates are highlighting and the claims we’ve fact-checked so far.
The race between the ultra-wealthy candidates has been marked by finger-pointing, scandal and transparency issues. We’ve fact-checked dubious claims by both.
Illinois’ wealthiest candidates for governor have disclosed little when it comes to their personal finances. But what they have revealed indicates they leverage tax code flexibility out of reach for most.
The leading candidates for Illinois’ top office squared off in four debates in recent weeks, repeating misleading attacks and defenses on policy issues and personal scandals.
In refusing to release comprehensive tax information, wealthy rivals forego a possibility of debunking specious attacks about their finances.
Chicago’s tough-talking mayor is known for charging headfirst into politics in his 20s, but teaching preschoolers? We weren’t familiar with that one.
In just a few decades, the bottom line at the retirement fund for Chicago teachers sunk from healthy to sickly. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a possible re-election rival, former schools CEO Paul Vallas, are now trading shots over which of them is to blame.
There are lots of different ways to measure Illinois’ fiscal crisis, and politicians usually seize on the yardstick that best fits their partisan agendas.
Releasing details of tax returns presents a potential minefield for wealthy candidates like Rauner, Pritzker and Kennedy