Statewide Update—Blizzard 2011

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Chicago TribuneNew Metra CEO vows more passenger satisfaction, bring reforms, “The new executive in charge of running Metra vowed Tuesday to make passenger satisfaction, fiscal responsibility and in-house reforms his top priorities in taking over the nation’s third-largest commuter rail system.”

Illinois Statehouse NewsLocal counties get hitched with civil union, “Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation into law Monday that creates civil unions for both gay and straight couples beginning June 1, but local counties are still waiting on state guidelines.”

Chicago Sun-TimesPreckwinkle proposes more than 1,000 layoffs in county, “In her first-ever budget address, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced a spending plan aimed at wringing out waste in a government long known as a bastion of patronage hiring and out-of-control spending.”

Bloomington Pantagraph—Company has to wait for court’s decision on lottery, “Rather than quickly ramping up its operations, the company chosen to manage the Illinois Lottery is waiting for the state’s highest court to signal if the potentially billion-dollar deal will stick.”

Quincy Herald-Whig—Tax objection case for Ellington, Melrose townships continues in Adams County, “Riverside Township voters agreed in 1999 to preserve the boundaries of that township, halting expansion of Quincy Township, which to that point had the same boundaries as the city.”

Rockford Register Star—Rockford, Winnebago County agencies fight for vouchers, “The Rockford and Winnebago County housing authorities are at odds over which agency should administer federal rent vouchers within city limits.”

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