Statewide update—April 20, 2011

Belleville News DemocratAttorney General calls for release of workers’ comp records, but will taxpayers get the whole story?, “An opinion by the Illinois Attorney General calling for the release of results of medical testing on prison guards who filed successful workers’ compensation claims speaks of the public’s fundamental right to know how its money is spent. Unless CMS is successful in an appeal to circuit court, the newspaper is likely to receive the results of 50 nerve conduction velocity tests.”

  • (AP) Daily HeraldIllinois Treasurer: Pension battle belongs in court, “Illinois should create a second, lower-cost retirement plan for government employees, even if it triggers a legal battle, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Tuesday. The Republican said current employees should have a choice between the existing plan, which guarantees certain retirement benefits, and a new 401(k)-style investment plan.”
  • Southtown StarRahm Emanuel picks Forrest Claypool to head CTA, “With a pledge to hold the line on CTA fares, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday chose a proven reformer with no background in transportation to serve as CTA president: former Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool.”
  • Chicago TribuneQuinn appointee who shied from Senate scrutiny is hired for 2nd job, “An ex-lawmaker whose appointment to the state parole board ran into trouble amid Senate questions about a potential quid pro quo has landed a new state job. Former Democratic Rep. Careen Gordon started Monday as an $84,000-a-year associate general counsel for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.”

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