Bob Secter

Bob Secter is the director of investigations at the Better Government Association. He joined the BGA in October 2016.

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Bob Secter

True

Not dead last, but close enough to prove his point

Mostly False

Chicago is the only major city losing population, but that isn't what she said

Pants on Fire!

His conduct was much worse than politics as usual

Recent stories from Bob Secter

Oh, the Humanity! Rahm Emanuel, a preschool teacher?

Chicago’s tough-talking mayor is known for charging headfirst into politics in his 20s, but teaching preschoolers? We weren’t familiar with that one.

Vallas, Emanuel point fingers over Chicago teacher pension freefall

In just a few decades, the bottom line at the retirement fund for Chicago teachers sunk from healthy to sickly. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a possible re-election rival, former schools CEO Paul Vallas, are now trading shots over which of them is to blame.

When it comes to Illinois’ deficit, how bad is bad?

There are lots of different ways to measure Illinois’ fiscal crisis, and politicians usually seize on the yardstick that best fits their partisan agendas.

Wealthy Illinois candidates face tax disclosure minefield

Releasing details of tax returns presents a potential minefield for wealthy candidates like Rauner, Pritzker and Kennedy

Sorry Illinois politicians, PolitiFact is back

For a fact-challenged era in a fact-challenged state, The Better Government Association has enlisted as Illinois’ fact-checking referee.