Statewide update—April 27, 2011

State Journal RegisterEditorial: New FOIA law getting no respect, “Gov. Pat Quinn embraced the new open government statute last year with great fanfare. But we’ve seen very little evidence of Quinn confronting the culture of secrecy that still pervades state government, especially in agencies — like IDOT and the Illinois State Police — that are under his control. It’s one thing to applaud a new statute on the books; it’s another matter entirely to institute a culture that respects the spirit of that statute.”

  • Peoria Journal StarEx-governor, colleague to represent state police, “Former Gov. Jim Thompson will represent the Illinois State Police in a lawsuit challenging whether the state of Illinois can release the names of 1.3 million Illinoisans who hold state firearm owner’s identification cards.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesEx-police officer pleads guilty to murder-for-hire scheme, “He was the ringleader of an ‘elite’ Special Operations Section that ransacked homes without warrants and shook down drug dealers for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.  On Tuesday, former Chicago Police Officer Jerome Finnigan, wearing an orange jump suit and shackles, admitted to those crimes as well as to the most outrageous charge — that as an officer, he ordered a hit on another cop.”
  • Chicago TribuneEvanston weighs bag ban, “When it comes to paper or plastic, Evanston shoppers won’t have to choose, if the city embraces a proposal that would eliminate both options… If that were to pass, Evanston would become the first Illinois municipality to ban disposable bags…”

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