Statewide update—April 26, 2011

Chicago TribuneIllinois finishes last in paying for pensions, “A report released Monday shows Illinois has the nation’s worst record on supporting government retirement funds, setting aside only 51 cents for every dollar it has promised to pay out.”

  • Northwest HeraldKrug: The curious case of Cam Davis, “According to records released by the village, he was sent on his way with six months of his $132,000 annual salary and what was reported to be $57,000 in dough owed to him for unused vacation, personal, sick and comp time.”
  • (AP) Peoria Journal StarQuinn appoints new chief of Illinois prisons, “Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed the executive director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Corrections to head the state’s Department of Corrections.”
  • Chicago TribuneProsecutors want to use Blagojevich’s TV appearance with Rachel Maddow against him, “Now prosecutors are seeking to play the Maddow recording, arguing that it is important because Blagojevich’s attorneys at his first trial insisted that Blagojevich had no knowledge that he might be doing anything criminal related to the Senate appointment, since none of his attorneys advised him so at the time.”
  • (AP) Belleville News DemocratChicago’s mayor-elect keeping city college leaders, “Emanuel said Monday he is sticking with pair because he supports the “reinvention plan” they have put in place at the institution. However, he did appoint new trustees to the board that oversees the seven community colleges.”
  • The SouthernDepartment of Insurance to offer free counseling, “The Illinois Department of Insurance has planned two free, one-on-one counseling services this week to help people affected by recent storms in south central Illinois. The sessions are designed to help with the insurance claims process.  The sessions will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Du Quoin City Hall, 302 E. Poplar St. (618-542-3841) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Centralia City Hall council chambers, 222 S. Poplar St. (618-533-7623).”
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