Statewide update—May 4, 2011

Daily HeraldEnvironmental groups sue over waste dumping, “The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Prairie Rivers Network, accuses the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act. Plaintiffs’ attorney Albert Ettinger says federal regulators have long been looking into the Water Reclamation District, but haven’t taken action.”

  • State Journal RegisterSenate Democrats’ budget plan runs into static from other Democrats, “Senate appropriations committees considered more than two dozen bills that Democrats said would cut Gov. Pat Quinn’s spending plan by $1.2 billion…But several rank-and-file Democrats on the committees made it clear they didn’t like what they saw and where budget negotiators chose to make cuts. Most of the complaints involved cuts in human service programs, from drug treatment to homeless prevention to mental health and programs partially paid with federal Medicaid reimbursements.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphLocal government consolidation plan fails in Senate, “The Illinois Senate nixed a plan Tuesday designed to eliminate some of the state’s numerous local governments. State Sen. Terry Link, who sponsored the measure, said it was time for lawmakers who talk about limiting government to put their money where their mouths are. Targeted governments could include mosquito abatement districts, townships and road districts.”
  • (AP) Southtown StarUnions team up against cuts, “The “We Are One Illinois” coalition launched a campaign Tuesday that portrays public employees as the hard-working victims of politicians who want to cover their mistakes by slashing pensions. The coalition, which includes unions for police, firefighters, teachers, state employees, has more than $1 million to spend on television, radio and internet ads, said Pat Devaney, president of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois.”
  • The SouthernQuinn vows to veto concealed carry legislation, “The Chicago Democrat’s vow to kill the measure came as members of a House committee endorsed a reworked version of concealed carry legislation that has been bottled up in the General Assembly for years.”
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