Statewide update—March 17, 2011

Daily HeraldNo limits on party, leadership campaign contributions, “Political parties and legislative leaders still won’t be limited on how much money they can contribute to candidates in a general election, after reform efforts failed Wednesday.”

  • (Gatehouse News Service) Peoria Journal StarCigarette tax hike advances in Illinois Senate, “A $1-per-pack hike in Illinois’ cigarette tax was approved by a state Senate committee Wednesday, as Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, also introduced legislation to repeal the legalization of video poker in the state.”
  • SouthtownStarPreckwinkle: Cook workers must sacrifice, “Acknowledging that she used a lot of one-time funding sources to balance her first budget, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said a spending overhaul in the coming years will require sacrifice by all county employees.”

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