Statewide update—April 25, 2011

Southtown StarCommissioner John Fritchey owes over $24,000 for property taxes, “As an elected government official, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey has a say in deciding how much county residents have to pay in property taxes and in how that money gets spent.  As a private citizen and homeowner, though, Fritchey and his estranged wife haven’t been paying their share, rec­ords and interviews show. In addition, Wells Fargo Bank sued the Fritcheys in February, seeking to foreclose on their house, saying said they defaulted on their $435,000 mortgage on the house on Altgeld near Ashland.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesRewrite the rules on judge’s recusal, “We’d like to see a merit system for appointing judges or public financing of judicial races, in part because voters don’t always understand the arcane legal matters judges rule on. Gov. Quinn has set up a task force to look at public financing of campaigns in general, but that expensive reform is not likely to be embraced in an era of tight budgets. And persuading voters to support the merit selection of judges might require a long public education campaign. But the Illinois Supreme Court is free to rewrite the rules on recusal at any time and should do so.”
  • Daily HeraldWife of ex-Island Lake mayor goes on trial this week, “Hyde is accused of collecting $114,000 in pay for hours she did not work as director of the village’s Creative Playtime preschool between 1999 and 2009.  Her husband was also charged in the case, announced in June 2009, with official misconduct and having a prohibitive interest in contracts for voting as a village trustee and mayor to pay his wife for the disputed time.”
  • State Journal RegisterSome state retirees may pay more for insurance, “Already embroiled in a controversy over changing health plans for state workers, Illinois lawmakers may soon find themselves in another over charging retirees premiums for their health insurance.”
  • Daily HeraldKane County Board to vote on keeping all 26 seats, “County board members received their first look at what a 24-seat map would entail for them late last week, leaving some dissatisfied with the way the new political lines are drawn. Indeed, most county board members will see notable changes in the population they count as their constituency.”
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