Statewide Update—Jan. 28, 2011

  • Southtown StarBoard says Burge can keep police pension, “The 4-to-4 vote means Burge, 63, will continue to draw a $3,039-a-month pension that he began receiving in 1997 — four years after the department fired him for misconduct involving a murder suspect.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesHow about $10 to get into the Taste? “‘The city can keep doing what they’re doing without an admission fee. But, no private company is gonna do it for free. It’s impossible,” said a source close to the negotiations.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesEmanuel back in mayoral race after ruling, “The Illinois Supreme Court ruled 7-0 Thursday that Emanuel qualifies as a Chicago resident and can remain on the ballot for the election, which is now less than a month away.”
  • State Journal Register, EditorialA proposal to save state’s capital plan, “The invalidated bill was rammed through the legislature as a sort of bipartisan Hail Mary pass by lawmakers desperate to enact the first major capital construction plan in a decade.”
  • Chicago TribunePreckwinkle criticizes Tom Dart on payroll, spending, “New Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle criticized Sheriff Tom Dart on Thursday, suggesting his payroll is bloated and saying she will try to force him to cut his budget more than he contends would be responsible.”
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