Statewide update—March 8, 2011

Bloomington PantagraphState’s archaic financial tracking system under review, “Less than two weeks after Auditor General William Holland found the state is relying on hundreds of different financial reporting systems to track spending, the chairwoman of a Senate committee said lawmakers must investigate.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesJohn Cullerton: Consider taxing under-65 pensions, “The top Senate Democrat Monday suggested taxing retirement income for high-earning senior citizens for the first time to help lower income taxes that were raised in January.”
  • Daily HeraldGambling plan includes slots, no casinos, “The push to allow slot machines at Arlington Park and other Illinois race tracks is on once again, but an initial plan leaves any new casinos out of the equation.”
  • SouthtownStarQuinn signs Chinatown redistricting legislation, “Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Monday a bill that protects minority groups from being split — and thus losing political influence — during legislative redistricting.”
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