Statewide update—April 4, 2011


Chicago TribuneRecently overhaulded laws on open records face backlash, “Kitching’s bill — filed by Sen. Edward Maloney, D-Chicago — would limit the rights of “vexatious” records seekers to appeal a denial and give governments more time to answer them. It is among a handful of proposals that open records advocates, media lobbyists and Attorney General Lisa Madigan say they are braced to fend off.”

  • Daily HeraldOpinion: Dismantle outdated townships, “Illinois’ statute governing townships has gone virtually unchanged since its inception in 1850. The elected offices within township government have practically no mandated functions, have no checks and balances with each other, and each board of trustees has little statutory authority.”
  • Northwest HeraldTIFs spark debate: Tool to lure businesses to town has proponents, critics, “Despite strong opposition from some in the community, particularly from local schools, the Marengo City Council last month approved the downtown TIF district, which spans about 52 acres along State Street, and the eastern corridor TIF district, which covers 33 acres along Route 20.”



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