Statewide update—March 31, 2011

Southtown StarCity privatizing recycling: union, “Under fire to deliver suburban-style curbside recycling to 359,000 Chicago households without it, the Daley administration has decided to privatize the service by signing a 10-year contract with Waste Management, a union leader has been told.”

  • (Gatehouse News Service) Peoria Journal StarIllinois House leaders, Madigan, Cross, deny rift, “Madigan, D-Chicago, and Cross, R-Oswego, teamed up to present several routine appropriations bills on Wednesday, but more importantly, the unlikely pair affirmed a plan to keep state spending in check in the coming fiscal year and thwart attempts to ratchet it up.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesFeds probe Cook County’s troubled job training program, “In a March 1 subpoena, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office ordered the county to turn over records for the 2009 and 2010 summer youth jobs program — run at the time by former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger — to a grand jury by this Friday.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphIllinois bill would require Open Meetings training, “The measure would require people who serve a public body to pass an Open Meetings Act training course. That would affect school board, parks district and township board officials, among others.”
  • Daily HeraldAdvocates: Investigate McHenry Co. sheriff’s office, “The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights held a news conference in Springfield Wednesday to address what it called a system of racial profiling set up in a relationship between the sheriff’s office and a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

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