Statewide update—May 10, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesCity Snow Command boss avoids firing, gets hit with suspension, “The $142,464-a-year deputy Streets and Sanitation commissioner who presides over Chicago’s Snow Command has been slapped with a 25-day suspension for allegedly using city employees to perform his personal errands on city time. Inspector General Joe Ferguson had recommended that Managing Deputy Commissioner Bobby Richardson be fired for ordering his underlings to pick up and deliver his cigars, have his personal car washed and keeping the vehicle filled with gas.”

  • Daily HeraldOfficials scrambling to keep Sears in Illinois, “Quinn said he is willing to consider extending state and local incentives given to Sears that are due to expire in 2012 as long as they ‘do something for the people. They have to make investments in Illinois.”
  • Chicago TribuneEditorial: Will a temporary Illinois tax hike become permanent?, “This is serious business: If lawmakers succumb to the temptation to bake more spending and borrowing into the state budget now, you can forget that scheduled rollback of the personal income tax from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.”
  • Peoria Journal StarEditorial: Have consistent practices for judicial appointments, “Though applications were accepted in this case, the eventual choice, Associate Judge Timothy Lucas, sought the post, got the nod from Kilbride and, subsequently, the remainder of the court…Tapping someone while the job was still being advertised was not the best form. We trust all would agree that public confidence in the judiciary is everything. We hope that appreciation is more conspicuous the next time.”
  • (Illinois Statehouse News) The SouthernIllinois House budget mostly finished, “As the clock ticks closer to the May 31 budget deadline, Illinois lawmakers are rushing to find the magic fiscal number with some legislators expecting final figures by next week. Budget plans in the Illinois House for higher education, public safety and general services are headed for full debate this week, while agreements on elementary and high school education and human services are close to a resolution.”

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