Statewide update—May 23, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesStreets and Sanitation driver charged with DUI in crash, “The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation worker was driving a city Ford F-150 pickup… removed what appeared to be a whiskey bottle from the pickup and performed a field sobriety test on the driver. A child, about 2 years old, was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. Six other pedestrians were injured, two critically.”

  • State Journal-RegisterHouse, Senate work to reconcile differing state budgets, “Illinois House and Senate budget negotiators have begun a series of closed-door talks to work out a spending compromise that can pass the General Assembly by its scheduled May 31 adjournment date.”
  • SouthtownStarMiller: Redistricting means revenge, “A new map usually means representing new territory, and that means legislators must get to know thousands, even tens of thousands of voters who have no idea who they are. That can be a dangerous thing in these politically volatile times.”
  • Peoria Journal StarPension measure still in mix for Legislature, “The measure, which still does not have finalized language with just more than a week before the Illinois General Assembly is set to adjourn on May 31, could still be heard this week. The House Personnel and Pension Committee has scheduled committee hearings from Tuesday through Friday in case the legislative logjam can be broken.”
  • Naperville SunWheatland voters to decide fate of town center, “Wheatland Township has been conducting what it calls an informational campaign including ads in local newspapers to lay out its reasons for a new building. The campaign is being funded by $5,000 the township board approved recently… Wheatland resident Julie Berkowicz, however, has concerns about the campaign. She is not sure the township should be using tax dollars to push its desire for a new building.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesEditorial: Fair deal needed on workers comp, “If the sudden agreement not to talk about workers compensation reform is any indication, negotiators in Springfield might be getting close to a deal. It’s a deal that Illinois needs to boost its image as an employer-friendly state. But any deal must also be fair to everyone with a stake in the system.”
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