Rivet News Radio Talks Civic Reform in Chicago

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A transparent, effective and ethical government is what the Better Government Association (BGA) has fought for since the 1920s in Chicago. Since his joining the BGA in 2009, Andy Shaw has led more than 80 of the organization's 280 pending investigations.

"I know what good government and bad government looks like...[This job is] a good opportunity to use my skills and to try to recreate a vibrant, effective watchdog organization," said Shaw, a long-time Chicago journalist, who sat down with Charlie Meyerson for Panorama, one of Rivet News Radio's signature programs.

Shaw held up the BGA's "Rescuing Illinois Project" as a shining example of the association's impact. In 2012, the BGA uncovered $265 million in taxpayer-funded payouts to retired public school employees for unused sick and vacation days.

Panorama is an up-close and personal series featuring the people, places and events shaping the world. An original production of Rivet News Radio, Panorama is hosted by Chicago news veteran and Rivet's head of news, Charlie Meyerson. Bringing years of journalistic experience Meyerson formerly worked for rock station WXRT-FM; the Chicago Tribune; and WGN-AM, where, as news director, he led his team to awards for Best Newscast and Outstanding News Operation.

About The Better Government Association:
The Better Government Association is a Chicago-based nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog group that works for integrity, transparency and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the public to achieve authentic and responsible reform.

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