Statewide Update—Jan. 18, 2011

  • State Journal-Register—Thousands hired in Illinois ahead of new pension system, “Thanks to the eight-month span between Gov. Pat Quinn’s approval of a pension reform bill last spring and its implementation Jan. 1, any public worker hired in Illinois as late as Dec. 31 was enrolled in a far more lucrative pension plan than those hired after that date.”
  • (Gatehouse News Service) Peoria Journal Star—State Comptroller informed that 38 appointees not confirmed, “The Senate of the 96th General Assembly did not confirm any of the listed persons… With their nominations no longer valid, I am unaware of any legal authority permitting the formal nominees to continue to draw a salary or receive expense reimbursements.”
  • Peoria Journal Star—Durbin changes stance on death penalty, “U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking member of the U.S. Senate, said Monday he has come to believe that states should not impose the death penalty.”
  • Daily Herald—LeBlanc off ballot in Campton Hills but still in race, “Kristin LeBlanc plans to run as a write-in candidate for Campton Hills village president after the village clerk declined to put her on the April ballot because her nominating petitions were incomplete.”
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  1. 12th district State Senator candidate Raul Montes, Jr. had a press conference and protest against the expansion of Red-light photo enforced cameras speed bill( Illinois Senate Bill 965). His opponent Senator Steven Landek and mayor of Bridgeview voted in favor of the camera bill in the Senate. It is a regressive tax on families. It is a money maker and greed. These cameras are rigged in everyway. It is a decoy to generate money in this bad economy. Raul Montes did what was in the best interest of the people of the State of Illinois. It was a 9-1 margin vote against the cameras. Pat Quinn is a rubber stamp for Rahm Emanuel. Quinn cannot stand his ground to do what he wants and is a puppet. He failed to do what the people of Illinois wanted. Many people called Pat Quinns office, emailed and send letters opposing the bill. He ignored the people’s wishes .Where is democracy and transparency? There are other alternatives like speed bumps, crossing guards, surveillance cameras instead of another tax to make money.

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