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BGA members are a passionate group of individual donors who support the watchdog and civic engagement work of the Better Government Association. Everyone chooses to support the BGA for different reasons. Watch this video to find out what issues bring members to the BGA.

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The Better Government Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization and civic advocate working for transparency, efficiency and accountability in government in Chicago and across Illinois.

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