Statewide update—May 24, 2011

Belleville News-DemocratState agency fights release of workers’ compensation claims, “A state agency has hired a prestigious Chicago law firm at taxpayers’ expense to assist in its appeal of an attorney general’s order to release information related to millions of dollars in settlements paid to Menard prison guards for injuries they say were caused by operating heavy cell locking mechanisms.”

  • State Journal-RegisterEditorial: Pension issue cannot be ignored, “Throughout this debate, we have heard consistently from those who…believe the state would be unfairly breaking its promise to current employees if it changes the benefit structure. But that argument ignores a reality that Illinois must face: The General Assembly made promises it could not keep…So while we sympathize with those who complain of the legislature’s broken promises to state workers, we have a question for them: What’s your plan?”
  • Daily HeraldCounty boards could monitor appointees’ spending, “Suburban county boards could have much more financial supervision over their appointees to local agencies if Gov. Pat Quinn signs a measure that passed the Illinois House on Monday. The legislation is in part a response to two DuPage County agencies that misspent millions of dollars.”
  • SouthtownStarAnalysis: Redistricting will help Democrats get elected, “Democrats have come up with new legislative maps that take Republican incumbents out of their old districts and thrust them into new territory, often areas that are already represented by another Republican.”
  • Peoria Journal StarWorkers comp bill hits snag, “Workers’ compensation reform negotiations were on the rocks again Monday in the Illinois General Assembly, and a key senator said lawmakers will move Wednesday to abolish the system if the talks are not resurrected.”

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