President’s Day Statewide update—Feb. 21, 2011





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  • Trib Local (Elmhurst)FOIA policy would publicize names of filers, cost to fulfill, “The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is considering posting the names of people who make Freedom of Information requests on its Web site, along with the nature of the requests and the cost it took to fulfill them.”
  • Crain’s Chicago BusinessEditorial: Only thing cheap about Illinois pensions? Talk, “Michael Madigan isn’t known for kidding around, so we’re inclined to believe him when he says the state Legislature will move to change pension benefits for state workers when it convenes this spring.”
  • (Gatehouse News Service) State Journal RegisterWill proposed human service cuts stick?, “The question is whether they’ll still be there when a final spending plan is approved or if this is just the opening salvo in negotiations, where the worst-case scenario is presented at the start and things ease off as talks continue.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphCrowded prisons spawn dangers, hinder reform, “At Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, new inmates sleep on cots in gymnasiums. Workers at Pontiac Correctional Center buy hand soap when supplies run low. Everywhere, two bunks per cell are the norm.”
  • (AP) Rockford Register StarBlagojevich lawyers ask that wiretap recordings be tossed from retrial, “The motion argues that Judge James Zagel should throw out the hundreds of recordings of Blagojevich – made in the days before his Dec. 9, 2008, arrest – because many contain gaps where vital context needed to understand the taped conversations may be missing.”
  • SouthtownStarThe Watchdogs: Illinois’ 50 richest political war chests, “One hundred and four million dollars — that’s how much money sat in the 3,507 campaign funds controlled by state and local politicians and political-action committees at the end of 2010, Illinois State Board of Elections records show.”
  • State Journal RegisterCounties work to expand public transit to rural areas, “The Macoupin County Public Transportation system, which started operations about two weeks ago, offers door-to-door service to county residents. The system uses vans and operates on an on-demand basis, said Kent Tarro, director of Macoupin County’s health department.”

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