Statewide update—Feb. 14, 2011

  • Daily HeraldGlenn Ellyn votes on ethics ordinance tonight, “The ordinance would establish rules to guard against gift giving, political activity on public time, conflicts of interest and undue influence by civil servants, defined as elected or appointed officials, or village employees.”
  • Chicago TribunePagano mismanaged Metra, reports say, “The former executive director used his authority to circumvent controls to approve certain transactions which benefitted himself and other employees…”
  • State Journal RegisterEditorial: First shot in benefits battle, “On Wednesday, Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said he believes reducing benefits to current employees would be unconstitutional. But with Madigan openly discussing the concept and, on Wednesday, saying he will appoint a group of legislators to put the issue into bill form, it’s likely we’ll see debate on this topic during the current session.”
  • (Gatehouse News Service) Rockford Register StarIllinois secretary of state clarifies lobbyist rules, “Secretary of State Jesse White’s office will send a notice this week to lobbyists that they do not, in fact, have to disclose every conversation they have with state officials.”
  • Peoria Journal StarRisinger may step down early, “Risinger, who was first elected to the 37th Senate District seat in 2002, told the Journal Star on Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012 and that he ‘does not expect’ to fill out the remainder of his term. He did not say when he might step down.”
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