BGA’s David Greising on Chicago Lacking a Crime Plan
Chicago Justice Podcast
The Better Government Association's David Greising sits down with the Chicago Justice Show to discuss a recent post he authored on the BGA's website. Greising's post was titled "Finger Pointing Isn't a Crime-Fighting Plan, Mayor". The post gets a lot of things right about how the Mayor and Superintendent David Brown seem to be more interested in pointing fingers to deflect blame than coming up with a coherent plan to combat Chicago's ongoing issues with violence.Greising calls out the Mayor appropriately for having her "whole of government" apporach to violence that sounded good in the media when it was announced but doesn't seem like the Mayor is committed to really bringing about the change in the city's governing practices to really impact violence. This is evident in the Mayor repeatedly blaming the Cook County Courts for being closed for 15 months and putting criminals back on the street when in fact most court operations continued through the pandemic and jury trails resumed in March of 2021 according to Greising.Supt. Brown is also called out be Greising for using anecdotes about violence to prove his case that the courts are releasing too many criminals and that this practice is the basis for the gun violence surge in Chicago during the pandemic. Unfortunately for Supt. Brown Greising correctly calls him out for using anecdotes to combat the sophisticated analysis produce not only by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the Office of the Chief Judge buy independently by Loyola University Chicago researchers.Both Supt. Brown and Mayor Lightfoot seem totally overwhelmed by the crime and haven't found a plan that they can stick with over the long-term to reduce violence. We discuss all of these issues with David Greising today.Also on our show today: NYT's article about dropping rape cases Nick turner from Vera on Biden Relying on CopsImages from today's showVideo of today's show
David Greising, president and CEO of the Better Government Association
The Fran Spielman Show
1: Government Transparency and Racial Justice with David Greising and Matt Topic
This episode is on the importance of increasing government transparency as a means to achieve racial Justice with President of Better Government Transparency David Greising and Attorney Matt Topic. Intergenerational Politics is a video series created by Jill Wine-Banks, the only woman prosecutor working the Richard Nixon impeachment case, the author of "The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President," and MSNBC contributor, and Victor Shi, an incoming freshman at UCLA, the youngest elected delegate for Joe Biden in Illinois, and an avid advocate for democracy reform.
City Club of Chicago: Better Government Association President and CEO David Greising
City Club of Chicago
September 30, 2020 Ready for Reform? The Path to Honest Government in Illinois – David Greising – President and CEO, Better Government Association https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3787257/City_Club_David_Greising_2020-09-30-210457.64kmono.mp3 David Greising David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative journalism and policy advocacy. Greising’s career started at the City News Bureau of Chicago, with stops at the Chicago Sun-Times, Business Week magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Reuters. He was a co-founder of the Chicago News Cooperative and worked briefly as a consultant to World Business Chicago. Today, Greising writes on government issues in regular columns for the Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business. Under Greising’s leadership, the BGA has played a key role in uncovering public corruption amidst the wide-ranging federal probe, starting with an in-depth report about Ald. Ed Burke’s conflicts of interest before the federal charges against Burke. The BGA also has exposed waste and fraud at O’Hare and the proliferation of corruption and poverty into Dalton, Lyons and other Chicago suburbs. The BGA’s policy team has led calls for ethics reform in Chicago’s City Council and in state government.
Connected to Chicago (07-26-2020) Special Guest-BGA Chief David Greising
Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron
Bill welcomes to the show the BGA Chief David Greising. David and Bill break all the hot topics down including the Comed federal corruption probe, Lightfoot takes down Christopher Columbus, The fallout from the vicious gang shooting at a funeral, and “Operation Legend.” Heather Cherone of WTTW, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s make up this week’s Round Table discussion. Mayor Lightfoot takes a page from former Mayor Daley and topples a statue of Christopher Columbus in the middle of the night. Will she face any consequences? President Trump enables “Operation Legend” bringing federal agents to Chicago to help stop gun violence, Ray Long from the Chicago Tribune and weekly round table member gets over 50,000 web views for his Comed/Mike Madigan story. Is Madigan re-electable? This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey. John talks with Jane Mentzinger, CEO of "Communities In Schools of Chicago", which is helping give extra support to Chicago school kids for the upcoming school year.
Reflecting on Mayor Lightfoot's first year in office with BGA President David Greising
The Fran Spielman Show
Investigations Get Results Since 1957, BGA investigations have uncovered corruption and unfair practices throughout Chicago and the state of Illinois. A recent investigation of police shootings in predominantly African-American neighborhoods of Cook County found that of 113 shootings over seven years, none led to disciplinary action. After the findings were published, a state law was enacted requiring an investigation each time a police officer discharges their weapon. BGA also investigated and exposed the corruption of Alderman Burke in the 14th Ward of Chicago, who is now under federal indictment on multiple charges. When governments are faced with evidence of corruption they must — and usually do — act quickly to correct it. Good governance Advocacy for good governance goes well beyond exposing corruption. The BGA’s policy team recommends public policies for more transparency, accountability, and efficiency. Marie Dillon, the Policy Director, participated in the mayoral transition to help newly elected Mayor Lori Lightfoot transition into office and to help her staff develop ethics reform goals. The BGA is also tracking how the new mayor’s actions measure up against BGA’s agenda. The combination of advocacy for sound public policy and government oversight through investigative journalism makes it possible for BGA to push for effective government reform. Getting People Engaged Voting is still the ultimate tool of accountability. To that end, a big part of BGA’s civic engagement effort is to empower citizens to participate in their democracy. The way that government treats its citizens is one of the most important factors in the daily quality of life, from the safety of the roads to the quality of public schools. When citizens have little faith in their government, or see their government as unresponsive to their needs, the social contract breaks down. In the last city-wide election, BGA published stories and candidate profiles, as well as where to vote and how to vote. Good governance helps people see their investment in voting, in paying taxes, and participating in their communities as worthwhile, and become even more engaged. Find out more: David Greising is the President and CEO of the Better Government Association. Greising spent 25 years as a high-profile local and national journalist, and served as the Chicago Tribune’s business columnist for more than a decade. He also recently served as the Midwest bureau chief for Reuters. The Better Government Association was founded in 1923 as a voter advocacy and election reform group. Their mission evolved in the 1950s to include investigative journalism. Since then, they have produced hundreds of investigative reports outlining corruption and other government shortcomings, resulting in lasting legislative change in the state of Illinois and city of Chicago. You can follow David on Twitter @dgreising and the BGA @bettergov.
The Fran Spielman Show: David Greising, president and CEO of the Better Government Association
The Fran Spielman Show
Disclosing the Tribune Acquisition with David Greising
On the Record...Online
David Greising shares his thoughts on the sale of Tribune, the economic future of the news business and The Chicago Tribune’s strategy for maintaining readership. “Zell lands Tribune,” the recent article by Chicago Tribune Chief Business Correspondent David Greising made waves. As the deal was nonselectively disclosed to the public, The Chicago Tribune relied upon Greising, veteran business journalist of twenty years, to provide perspective. Along with the Tribune, Greising has written for Business Week, the Chicago Sun-Times and is 2x nonfiction author. SHOW NOTES: 04:15 – Greising explains his role at the Chicago Tribune and discusses the difference between writing for a news publication and writing a book. 06:18 – Thoughts on his exclusive interview with Sam Zell. 07:42 – Fact or Fiction: Sam Zell’s reputation as the “Grave Dancer” and what this could mean for Tribune Co. 10:15 – How newspapers are re-inventing themselves in order to capture a new generation of web savvy readers. Where the Chicago Tribune stands in comparison to other major mastheads and where it needs to move. 12:50 – Facing tough financial times: will Zell be a preferable option to current management as newspapers struggle to survive? Will online advertising be able to sustain news companies? 16:09 – Pros and cons of the Chandler family deal with Tribune Co. in regard to the LA Times. Predictions on where the Times-Mirror company would be now had they remained in control of Los Angeles’ largest newspaper. 18:57 – The Chandler family’s longstanding economic strategy in the newspaper business and their opinion of the Sam Zell buyout. 21:46 – The New York Times and multi-media: how the nation’s largest newspaper is staying ahead of the curve. 24:05 – The Chicago Tribune’s coping strategy for attracting and maintaining readership as their internet competitors have cornered the market on breaking news. 26:09 – Thoughts on collective intelligence in relation to traditional, non-participatory journalism. Response to Noam Chomsky and other thought leaders who view the mainstream media as gatekeepers. 29:44 – Hard and soft news: how to be relevant to younger audiences without sacrificing the quality of information. 34:40 – End. The post Disclosing the Tribune Acquisition with David Greising appeared first on Eric Schwartzman.