Statewide update—March 7, 2011

(AP) Rockford Register StarFormer Cook County president files for unemployment, county officials protest, “A spokeswoman for current board president Toni Preckwinkle says Stroger applied Jan. 7 to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, seeking unemployment benefits for the $170,000 he received yearly as president.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesThe Watchdogs: City Hall hired 139 ex-cons in two years, “One of them smuggled cocaine from Jamaica about a decade ago. Another was a carjacker. A third was convicted in the shooting of two Chicago cops in the 1970s, hitting one of them in the face.”

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