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July 20, 2024

In The News

In The News

In the interest of keeping people informed as to what we’ve been up to, we thought it might be a good idea to list all of how other legitimate news media and legal publications have included us or our data in their articles. Below is a listing of either us or our work being published in various publications across the nation – click to read them (in no particular order):

The Patch: FOIA related quote on D-86

Quad-City Times: Airport Authority Commissioner unqualified

Chicago Tribune (Naperville Sun) – Naperville Park District or (HERE)

WAND – Assumption Mayor ResignsWTAX – 

Bellingham, WA. – WHATCOM WATCH, Watch On Media and (HERE – see page 2)

News Gazette: Judge Orders Urbana To Release All Police Reports In Ammons Investigation

Patch – La Grange: Watchdogs Find La Grange Park Accusations Unfounded

Real Clear Politics: John Hirschauer: Illinois Watchdogs Put Government On Notice

NPR ILLINOIS: State’s Top Fiscal Watchdog Misspent Nearly $250K In Campaign Funds, High Court Finds

Investigative Reporter and Editors ("IRE"): Four finalists selected for 2021 Golden Padlock Award

Illinois Times: Barks and Bites

Fox News links to our article –

Peoria Public Radio:

PJ Star:

CTMirror – In the Connecticut State Capitol: Questions raised about lack of transparency in Dalio partnership at ‘town hall’ meeting

AM 740 KVOR (Colorado Springs, CO.): Jeff Crank Show at the 1:01:50 mark in the AUDIO

Daily Caller:  Mayor In Illinois Adds Ban Of Firearms And Ammunition To Coronavirus Emergency Executive Order


Belleville News-Democrat: People want certain Cahokia candidates off the ballot, but their hearing was delayed

WAND-TV:  I-TEAM: Federal grand jury subpoena issue to library

WAND-TV:  Police: Probation officer made racial comments at bar

RTV6 The Indy Channel:  Elwood fire chief removed after photos show him with city fire truck in Illinois

WAND-TV: Fire chief demoted for misuse of vehicle

FOX 59: Elwood Mayor removes fire chief for misuse of department vehicle

CBS4 Indianapolis: Elwood Fire Chief removed from position

Herald-BulletinElwood Fire Chief demoted

WISH-TV: Misuse of City vehicle leads to demotion of Elwood fire chief

WAND-TV: I-TEAM: Police car taken from village for personal use

WTHR-TV (Indianapolis):  Elwood Fire Chief demoted for misusing department vehicle  with video

Peoria Journal StarWatchdog group disputes allegation in Stark County lawsuit

WAND (Aug 2018)

Chicago Tribune:  “Though the board voted against additional penalties, board Chairman William Cadigan praised the work of a downstate group known as the Edgar County Watchdogs that brought attention to the issues, saying the system of campaign finance reporting relies on the public’s ability to examine records.”

National Review: Government Accountability Starts With Local Action:

Chicago Tribune (Park Ridge) re: Maine Township (FEB 2018):  or (here for the pdf)

Industry Magazine World Sweeper:

WAND-TV Accident coverage:

WAND-TV (video of house fire):

Chicago Tribune Editorial re: Mautino:

Chicago Tribune: Mautino fined $5k:

Chicago Tribune re: Illinois Auditor General:

Whiteside County Airport Board Resignations:

From the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Lunch Lecture (April 2017):

State Journal-Register SJR (Mautino SBE Hearing):

Chicago Tribune (Mautino SBE Hearing)

Student Press Law Center: Illinois AG: FERPA does not excuse colleges from turning over email directories

Daily Herald: Wheeling President again denied using taxpayer money for personal gain

Chicago Daily-Herald: Wheeling changes policy after [Mayor] Argiris’ spending, SUV use questioned

Kankakee Daily-Journal: Kankakee Airport Commissioner Resigns Amid Questions On roofing Bid

Washington Time: The Unsung Heroes Of Illinois

State Policy Network (SPN) News: (page 8)

Sauk Valley News:

Lens of Liberty:

JDSupra Legal News:

Independent Journal Review:

Illinois Appellate Court (4th District):

Better Government Association “BGA”:

Illinois Times:

Cook County Record

DuPage Policy Journal:  Lisle-Woodridge Fire District reverses decision to withhold public records; offers finance director $65,000 in severance pay (HERE)

DuPage Policy Journal:  Higher Learning Commission postpones College of DuPage visit (HERE)

Daily Caller News Foundation – 4-12-2016 – Costly Broken Wind Turbines Give College Whopping Negative 99.14% Return On Investment (HERE)

News-Gazette – 3-21-2016 – (HERE)

Roadside Architecture – Illinois Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Buildings (Vitrolite Tile) – (HERE)

Patch – Plainfield Fire Department (here)

Herald-News – Plainfield Fire Department (HERE)

Better Government Association, Old Expenses Rattle New Illinois Auditor General Time To Audit State Auditor – article on callings for Illinois State Auditor to resign

LWATU (subject: School District 200) Press Conference @ about the 19:20 mark in this video

Chicago Tribune – Jun 28, 2015 – Accreditation agency postpones visit to College of DuPage

Chicago Tribune – Nov 19, 2015 – Tri-State Fire Protection District Will Look For New Chief

Chicago Tribune – Feb 5, 2015 – No write-in candidate means uncontested village president race

“In The Loop” – PBS-Chicago – Nov 19, 2015 (at the 16:45 mark):

FORBES – Nov 25, 2015:  10 Reasons Illinois Bureaucrats (And Their Friends) Are Thankful Today

Examiner Publications – October 19, 2015, Elgin U46 Police Called on OMA Violations

Chicago Tribune – October 19, 2015 – U46-Elgin School District

Hancock County Journal Pilot – Sep. 30, 2015 – Interim Assessment Supervisor Named

PeoriaStory – July 2015, 18th Congressional District Election

Chicago Tribune / CBS-2 Chicago – COD votes to start termination of Breuder

Fox32 Chicago – COD Board votes to fire Breuder

Examiner Publications – Watchdog group sheds light on U46 P-Card use

FORBES – July 27, 2015

Effingham Daily News – July 24, 2015

Chicago Daily Herald (June 29, 2015) – COD to check backgrounds of accreditation team members

Chicago Tribune (June 28, 2015) – Accreditation Agency Postpones Visit to College of DuPage

Chicago Tribune: They are the muckrakers of the farm fields, bloodhounds for…  (or here for pdf)

WAND-TV Channel 17, Decatur, Illinois – investigation on community colleges – here

FOX News – March 11, 2014 – Sheriff selling guns

DeKalb Daily Cronicle – (Letter to Editor)

Paris Beacon News (June 6, 2015)

USDOT News Brief (here)

Daily Eastern News (here)

Chicago Tribune:  3-27-2015

FORBES and another FORBES

Chicago Daily Herald – 3-12-2015 and 3-18-2015

NBC5 Jan 2015 (here)

Clean Technology Business Review (here) (here)

The Will County News

Capitol Fax

REBOOT Illinois

National Law Review 

American Bar Association Journal (Fixed the broken link)

Huffington Post

Chicago Daily-Herald

Fox News

Joe Walsh Show:   Joe Walsh Show – A.M. 970 Chicago

WMAY News Talk 970 (Springfield)

WEFT 90.1 Champaign


NBC-5 – Chicago


Computer World


Chicago Sun-Times

Paris Beacon News

Hancock County Journal Pilot – here and here


Illinois Review – Too many to list – type “Edgar County Watchdogs” in the search bar

Disclosure News Magazine

Illinois Attorney General Binding Opinion on Secret Ballots – re: Edgar County Airport

AncelGlink Attorneys for public bodies have included the citizen’s arrest in its presentations. This linked document is a portion of their presentation at the Illinois Library Association Conference in Springfield, Illinois in October of 2014. Although we were not mentioned, we find it interesting that citizen’s arrest is now being discussed at association conventions as a consequence of violating the Open Meetings Act.

Municipal Minute – a publication of Ancel-Glink


and a second one in the  Municipal Minute – a publication of Ancel-Glink

Better Government Association

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