Statewide update—April 29, 2011

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Chicago TribuneQuinn wants to withhold cities’ money as pressure to borrow billions, “Gov. Pat Quinn wants to stop nearly $100 million in monthly payments to Chicago, the suburbs and other Illinois towns if lawmakers won’t let him borrow billions of dollars to pay overdue bills, according to a confidential memo the Tribune obtained Thursday… The proposal, outlined in the memo and quietly distributed to top legislators, represents a pressure tactic by the Democratic governor.”

  • State Journal RegisterEditorial: Close loophole in campaign finance law, “[T]he new law has been interpreted to mean that piecemeal contributions from a single donor that total more than $1,000 aren’t subject to the five-day reporting deadline if they are received in increments less than $1,000. Each check is treated as a separate contribution.”
  • Chicago Sun-Times$100,000+ pensions for 27 retired state pols, “A Better Government Association investigation found that 27 of the 286 retired office holders — nine percent — are enjoying annual pensions of more than $100,000. In some cases, retirees draw their pensions while also working in other government-related posts or lucrative private-sector jobs. Thirty retirees, or 10.5 percent, have drawn more than $1 million each so far.”
  • State Journal RegisterPayments to unfairly fired state workers to total $442,000, “Taxpayers are paying $442,000 to 16 plaintiffs who sued the state, saying they were unfairly fired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2004, according to newly released settlement agreements.”
  • Daily HeraldCross says state budget plan could be ready soon, “Cross said because efforts in the House could clash with the Senate and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, the state’s spending plans likely won’t be wrapped up by mid-May.”
  • (AP) The SouthernCorps halts levee demolition, “A federal judge who heard arguments over a plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee has left the bench without making a ruling.”

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