Statewide update—May 18, 2011

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Daily HeraldLawmakers face big decisions in final 2 weeks, “Illinois lawmakers are nearing the end of their spring session with a $2 billion decision to make and a daunting list of proposals to consider, from overhauling workers’ compensation to loosening oversight of electric rates and updating political boundaries… But the key issue, as in all recent legislative sessions, is the budget.”

  • SouthtownStarSD 206 Board hires board president’s wife, “The Bloom Township High School District 206 Board on Tuesday night hired the board president’s wife and a law firm with connections to the Chicago Heights mayor during a contentious special meeting.”
  • Chicago TribuneIllinois spending heavily to retain companies, “Illinois in 2011 is on pace to provide much more money in financial incentive programs to businesses to retain and add jobs, with the total through early May exceeding $230 million pledged to 27 companies.”
  • (AP) Peoria Journal StarAutomatic rate hikes zapped in Illinois energy bill, “Illinois power companies seeking money to modernize will have to do without a change that would have let them raise rates first and ask for state approval second, a key lawmaker said Tuesday.”
  • Bloomington Pantagraph7 former inmates tell jury about allege abuse, threats, “Seven women who once served time in the McLean County jail told a jury Tuesday about alleged abuse and threats they said they experienced from a former correctional officer charged with intimidation and custodial misconduct.”
  • The SouthernState might raise health cost for retirees, “State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, wants to begin phasing in higher employee contributions by targeting retirees who were not part of any labor agreement during their tenure as state employees.”

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