Statewide update—March 23, 2011

FOID application

Bloomington PantagraphFOID card privacy gains support in Illinois, “The proposal has collected 68 co-sponsors, eight more than is needed to pass the House. State Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, who is sponsoring the legislation, said he thinks the proposal can get at least 71 votes, which would make it veto-proof.”

 

Cuba Township

 

Daily HeraldCuba Township highway commissioner charges with battering worker, “Cuba Township Supervisor David Nelson said no other township official has any authority over Gooch, his office or his employees. ‘He runs his highway department independently of the township,’ Nelson said.”

 

  • Chicago Sun-TimesCity pushing back too strongly in suits against cops, lawyers say, “Law Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle explained the city started asking outside lawyers to take “defensible” lawsuits to trial for $25,000 each. They get a $15,000 bonus for winning. As a result, the number of new lawsuits alleging police misconduct dropped by 47 percent in 2010…”
  • Chicago TribuneIllinois teacher pension system nearly $40 billion in the hole, “The Teachers’ Retirement System, the largest and costliest of Illinois’ pension programs, is now almost $40 billion short of what’s needed to cover future benefits — the deepest financial hole in 20 years of state records.”
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