Statewide update—March 14, 2011

Daily HeraldState could limit FOIA requests, “Under the plan, if officials believe someone is requesting so much information that they’re tying up workers’ time and inhibiting government functions, they can label the request as ‘vexatious’ or ‘unduly burdensome’ and ignore the requirement that they must respond within five days.”

  • State Journal RegisterEfficiency commission accused of being inefficient, “Voters approved creation of the Citizens Efficiency Commission in November. It will be made up of representatives from all of the taxing districts in Sangamon County, and members will look for more efficient ways to deliver government services. Suggestions could include joint purchasing or even governmental mergers.”
  • (Gatehouse News Service) Rockford Register Star—Illinois judges to get mandatory reviews, “The evaluations are designed to help judges become aware of potential performance problems and remedy them. The results won’t be made public.”
  • SouthtownStarDaley nephew case has unanswered questions, “it’s been two weeks now since the Chicago Police Department concluded Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew threw the punch that led to David Koschman’s death but closed its recently reopened investigation without seeking criminal charges.”
  • SouthtownStarDixmoor village trustee arrested, “Michael A. Smith believes he was stopped outside his grandmother’s house at 146th and Cooper because he has been investigating what he says are the mismanagement of village funds, and other incidents, including the repossession of a fire truck.”
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