Friday, March 28, 2014

Archer Heights Civic Association to Host Andy Shaw of the Better Gov't. Assoc.

Better Government Association President and CEO Andy Shaw will serve as featured guest
Andy Shaw
speaker at the next meeting of the Archer Heights Civic Association, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the UNO Veterans Memorial
 School, 47th and Kildare.

The Archer Heights Civic Association, one of the oldest and most successful community organizations in Chicago, is beginning its 76th year of service in making the neighborhood one of the very best in the city.

Shaw is the second top-shelf speaker landed by the AHCA in recent months. In January, Governor Pat Quinn spoke and installed the AHCA's new slate of officers---a reflection on the group's strong reputation for effectiveness as an independent neighborhood advocacy organization.

According to a statement released by the AHCA:

The BGA has a five unit organizational structure as follows: Investigative Unit, Policy Advocacy Unit, Citizen Watchdog Training Unit, Citizen Education and Communication Unit and the Richard H. Driehouse Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting. Their mission as stated on their website is to “work for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform."

Biographical information from the BGA web site regarding Andy Shaw, who many of our members remember as a long time television reporter is as follows: Andy Shaw is an award-winning Chicago journalist who spent 37 years covering local, state and national politics, business, education, and day-to-day news at the City News Bureau of Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC 5 and ABC 7. Shaw’s coverage of President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 marked his final "official" report after 26 years as ABC 7’s political reporter. After taking a short break to "recharge his batteries," Shaw joined the BGA in June 2009 as Executive Director. He was named President and CEO in 2011.”

Considering Illinois, Cook County and Chicago are always political hot beds, Mr. Shaw’s take on our political climate, especially the upcoming general election in November, should be most interesting.  Plan to attend and bring a few neighbors.  As usual, cake and coffee will be served after  the meeting.

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