Statewide update—May 25, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesFeds investigating Lake County officers for alleged illegal sales, “The federal investigation is focused on the alleged sale of Lake County-owned property, including weapons purchased or confiscated by county police, to private parties, sources said. One of the primary targets allegedly sold a machine gun to a customer in a southern state for $4,500 and kept the money.”

  • Daily HeraldKane County looks to eliminate cronies from Metra, “That job currently comes with a $15,000 salary, a government pension and health care benefits. But allegations of cronyism and financial misconduct during the current board’s watch sparked Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay to call for the resignation of the current Metra board, starting with her own appointee, Caryl Van Overmeiren.”
  • Chicago TribuneNew DNA tests may clear 4 in woman’s murder, “Prosecutors initially opposed the new round of DNA testing, as well as entering the results in a national law enforcement databank to check for matches. Alvarez dropped the opposition after inquiries from the Tribune, but the office downplayed the importance of any DNA match, saying in court papers it would be a ‘red herring.”
  • Peoria Journal StarBorrowing plan takes shape, “Illinois Senate Democrats are working on a scaled-down borrowing plan intended to quickly pay off more than $6 billion in backlogged bills owed to state vendors, schools and municipalities. Republicans, though, remain opposed to any additional state borrowing, and at least one Republican vote will be needed for the loan plan to win Senate approval.”
  • (AP) Rockford Register StarGambling expansion to get another look in Illinois, “Lawmakers may take yet another look at expanding gambling across Illinois, and this time the State Fair is in line to get slot machines. Rep. Lou Lang said Tuesday that he has introduced a new version of his often-rejected proposal to authorize more gambling as a way of filling the empty state treasury.
  • Bloomington PantagraphDeveloper asking for audits for how TIF money was spent, “A downtown Bloomington developer is asking for a judge to order special audits of the city’s downtown redevelopment fund because he believes it collected an extra year of taxes and that the city did not property audit it.”
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