Statewide update—March 24, 2011

Chicago TribuneJudge clears McHenry’s prosecutor, Louis Bianchi, of using office for politics, “After a three-day trial that focused on the often blurry line between politics and government business, McHenry County‘s top prosecutor on Wednesday was cleared of charges that he directed his office to do campaign work on public time.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesStreamwood cop guilty in videotaped beating, “Nearly a year after the March 28 beating, the verdicts mean the former corporal faces up to five years behind bars when he is sentenced next month.”
  • State Journal RegisterGOP skeptical of latest Quinn borrowing proposal, “Gov. Pat Quinn’s latest pitch for the state to borrow money to pay its old bills – including for state employee group health insurance — isn’t gaining support among a key group, the General Assembly’s Republicans.”
  • Decatur Herald-ReviewDecatur Township gets OK to lease part of hall, buy property, “Sheets said she took issue with a lack of specific answers and transparency in the board’s decision process. During the discussion, several people called for a resolution to table the vote on leasing the building. That resolution failed with a vote of 30 to 32, with Gresham ignoring calls for a recount.”
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