Chicago Tribune—Cook County workers to log inquiries from elected offcials, “Cook County employees will have to log contacts with elected officials as part of what new County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said today is an effort to end a “history of political favors and backroom deals.”
(AP) State Journal Register—State senator calls for hearing into Chicago State, “A state senator is calling for a hearing into financial mismanagement uncovered by an audit of Chicago State University. Sen. Edward Maloney, a Chicago Democrat, is citing a report by Auditor General William Holland that showed 41 problems at the university from July 2009 to June 2010. The audit detailed misuse of purchasing cards, lax control over contracts, and a failure to send tuition bills to students.”
- Belleville News Democrat—People to pols on redistricting: ‘We don’t want you guys to do any selfish shenanigans’, People who spoke at a public hearing Monday about the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts for Illinois touched on common themes: They don’t want communities split into different districts. They want an opportunity to see and comment on the new maps before they’re approved. They don’t want odd-shaped maps that are drawn just to benefit the party in power or incumbents.
- Daily Herald—Editorial: A vote for gutting governments, “Do you think township government provides critical services none other could offer? What about the mosquito abatement or water reclamation districts? Do you think Illinois needs more governments than any other state in the nation? We didn’t think so. Neither do we.”
- Chicago Sun-Times—Rahm Emanuel names Jean-Claude Brizard new Chicago schools CEO, “Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel on Monday named Jean-Claude Brizard, the superintendent of Rochester, N.Y., schools, to head the most sweeping overhaul of Chicago Public School management in 16 years.”
- Chicago Tribune—Quinn’s spending plan threatens lifeline for many struggling families, “For two decades, the Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics at UIC have been serving low-income families in the Chicago area, but the future of this service is now in doubt. Nearly 90 percent of the clinics’ funding comes from a $1.2 million state grant, one that has been written out of Gov. Pat Quinn’s current budget.”
- Peoria Journal Star—City Council winners release financial reports, “It apparently takes money to win. Those who raised and spent a significant amount of money won their April 5 election bids, according to campaign finance reports.”