Statewide update—April 8, 2011

Chicago TribuneAudit finds waste and misconduct in Chicago 911 agency, “Hundreds of thousands of dollars were wasted, employees were put on hidden payrolls and notebook computers went missing at the city department that oversees Chicago’s 911 center, according to an audit released Thursday by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.”

  • Southtown StarFormer SOS cops charged with federal civil rights violations, “Former Chicago police officer Jerome Finnigan and another member of the department’s disbanded Special Operations Section were charged Thursday with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug suspects, and two other city cops were accused of lying in court.”
  • Trib Local (Downers Grove)Downers Grove boosts village manager’s pay $15,000, “Downers Grove village manager Dave Fieldman was given a $5,000 annual pay raise and a $10,000 bonus by the village council this week – pushing the total amount he will be paid this year up to $155,000 before job perks are factored in.”
  • (AP) Bloomington PantagraphIllinois House may scrap workers’ compensation, “The Illinois House is considering a plan to scrap the state’s much-criticized workers’ compensation system, leaving businesses and their employees to battle in court over payment for each workplace injury. Legislation ending the system was given tentative approval in a voice vote Thursday. Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, said he plans to hold a final vote as soon as possible.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesState audit slams College Illinois overseers, “An audit released Thursday of the College Illinois prepaid tuition program slammed the state agency overseeing the program for not following “sound business practices” or state law when hiring a politically connected financial services group to scrutinize investments.”
  • Peoria Journal StarState treasurer reduces number of cars, phones, “State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Thursday he has cut his office’s vehicle fleet in half and reduced mobile phone use. The actions will make a negligible difference to the office’s $25 million budget, Rutherford admitted, but he said the symbolism is important.”

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