Statewide update—May 19, 2011

Current IL Senate Districts

Chicago TribuneIn Springfield, Democrats work on a new legislative map to assure their control, “Deep inside a legislative office building across from the state Capitol in Springfield sits a room with contents so secret only a select few Democratic lawmakers know the touch-pad combination.  For weeks, the office has been the hub of activity for redrawing the boundaries of the state’s 118 House and 59 Senate districts, required by law to reflect the results of last year’s federal census.”

  • Daily HeraldWhy are DuPage assessors so well paid?, “All nine township assessors in DuPage make the top 10 list in a comparison of assessor salaries in 50 suburban townships. Five of those DuPage assessors make six-figure salaries.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesCity Council passes reorganization at Rahm Emanuel’s first meeting, “Presiding over his first City Council meeting and standing the whole time, Mayor Emanuel on Wednesday scored his first legislative victory — a reorganization that cuts Council spending by ten percent, abolishes three committees and establishes his closest ally as a powerhouse.”
  • (AP) Bloomington PantagraphBlagojevich prosecutors likely to rest Thursday, “The judge at the corruption retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he expects the prosecution to rest Thursday, meaning the government’s condensed case at the second trial will have been far shorter than at the first.”
  • Chicago TribuneEditorial: ‘We’re too deep in debt!’, “Remind your lawmakers, the governor included, that you want them to adopt the House spending level, forswear any more borrowing, and reform the pension system.”
  • The SouthernBudget ax could fall on social services, “Disability advocates are again calling on lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn to shutter some of the state’s institutions for the developmentally disabled as a way to help smaller group home operators survive possible budget cuts.”

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