Statewide update—March 28, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesReport finds sex, booze, sleeping on the job at Cook County water parks, “A mini-water park run by the Cook County Forest Preserve allegedly became a personal playground for staffers who boozed it up, had sex or just napped for hours at a time — all on the taxpayers’ dime.”

  • The SouthernRedistricting hearings set to begin, “In all, the Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee plans to hold at least five hearings around the state on the map-making process. The current schedule includes an April 6 hearing in Springfield followed by sessions April 16 in Kankakee and Peoria, and April 19 in Cicero.  The hearings are designed to give Illinoisans a chance to outline what they’d like to see in a new legislative map, which is drawn every 10 years after the U.S. Census figures are released to account for shifts in the state’s population.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesReduce City Council, but don’t cut in half, “Our view on the matter is that some reduction in the number of aldermen makes sense, though not necessary by 25. Yes, Chicago’s City Council is legendary for being corrupt and ineffectual, but many aldermen also have a deserved reputation for delivering good ward services, like getting a fallen tree removed, helping to improve schools and bringing in new development.”
  • Naperville SunBill to get rid of township road districts worries some, “One of the main concerns Dillard has with the bill is, if the townships in Naperville no longer handle the roads they currently have, who would? ‘I’m not sure that either DuPage or Will County is in a position to readily absorb’ that workload, Dillard said. ‘They are already spread thin.”
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    (AP) Peoria Journal StarIllinois lawmakers shelves nuclear bill, “State Rep. JoAnn Osmond (R-Antioch) introduced legislation in January that would have lifted the state’s 24-year ban on nuclear power plant construction but said it no longer is on her legislative front burner.”


  • Daily HeraldIsland Lake officials continue bickering, “Bickering among public officials in Island Lake continues as Thursday’s village board meeting ended with Mayor Debbie Herrmann cursing a trustee as she stormed from the board room. Four rival trustees then held what the village attorney called an illegal closed-door meeting to discuss strategy for a lawsuit Herrmann filed against them.”

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