Statewide update—March 30, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesCity inspector general looking at homicide involving Daley nephew, “City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office began seeking documents about the case from the police at least two weeks before the Illinois State Police agreed Friday to do its own review at the request of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.”

  • Journal and TopicsPalatine Township Trustee takes issue with supervisor e-mails, “Was it double dipping or being efficient?  A township trustee, Sharon Langlotz-Johnson, discovered that Fleming was having township emails forwarded to her district email account and would sometimes take care of township business while at her full-time job. She sent a letter to Dist. 15 Supt. Scott Thompson expressing her displeasure with the arrangement, calling it ‘double dipping.”
  • State Journal RegisterSJ-R sues state police, UIS over records, “The State Journal-Register on Tuesday sued Illinois State Police and the University of Illinois Springfield in Sangamon County Circuit Court, alleging in separate lawsuits that public records have been illegally withheld.”
  • Daily HeraldGlen Ellyn getting first TIF district?, “Maureen Barry, a financial adviser from Ehlers, said there’s a difference between the general conception of ‘blighted’ compared to what is defined by law. Under state law, there are 13 criteria for blighted — five of which are required for establishment of a district. The Ehlers report said six of the criteria are met in Glen Ellyn’s downtown: obsolescence, deterioration, excessive vacancies, excessive land coverage and overcrowding of structures, lack of community planning, and lagging EAV.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphIllinois House passes smoking ban exemption for casinos, “Casino owners have been attempting to chip away at the ban since it went into effect in 2008, arguing it has sent gamblers across state lines where smoking is allowed and contributed to a 31 percent drop in revenue.”
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