Statewide update—March 25, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesAlvarez: Investigate CPD handling of death involving Daley nephew, “Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez asked the Illinois State Police on Thursday to investigate the Chicago Police Department’s handling of a homicide case involving Richard J. ‘R.J.’ Vanecko, who’s a nephew of Mayor Daley and White House Chief of Staff William Daley.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesRahm Emanuel considers cutting City Council seats in half, “Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has broached a touchy subject during private meetings with aldermen to solicit their ideas on budget and ethics reform: cutting the nation’s second-largest City Council in half.”
  • Belleville News DemocratBelleville man appeals Walmart TIF case to Illinois Supreme Court, “The matter has been in court since 2006, when Malec sued the city and developer THF Realty, alleging that the tax increment financing district the city created for the Walmart development at the Green Mount Commons shopping center is invalid because the area did not qualify as blighted, and that the land would have been developed eventually without taxpayer assistance.”
  • Chicago TribuneCook County health care CEO William Foley resigns, “The CEO of Cook County‘s independent health and hospital board resigned Thursday, just days after failing to win approval for a controversial plan to shutter Oak Forest Hospital. Although officials say the timing is purely coincidental, William T. Foley’s resignation comes at a critical time for the Health and Hospitals System Board as it tries to overhaul health care and consolidate services.”







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