Statewide update—May 26, 2011

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Crain’s Chicago BusinessHinz: Workers comp, pension-reform deals advance in Springfield, “Deals on two longtime top business priorities — workers compensation reform and a revamped pension system for state and city workers — are making progress in Springfield. Maybe big progress.”

  • Daily HeraldFormer Island Lake mayor acquitted, “Amrich, who was the village mayor for 20 years, was accused of deliberately engaging in a financial conflict of interest by allowing village-owned vehicles to be repaired at a service station he owned.”
  • Daily HeraldEditorial: Stop dimming transparency efforts, “Most noteworthy in last week’s overwhelming vote on FOID cards is its demonstration of how little commitment government really has to transparency. What’s next? Will the legislature ever demonstrate a commitment to transparency or simply wilt before the next group that’s made uncomfortable by sunshine? Enough damage has been done to this notable effort to create transparency. Stop now.”
  • (AP) Peoria Journal StarBudget compromise in the works, “Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said Wednesday he’s been in talks with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, and the focus will be to reach a compromise based on the significantly lower revenue estimates for the next budget year put out by the House.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphIllinois House panel rejects gambling expansion, “A House panel Wednesday dumped an 11th-hour bid to expand gambling in Illinois. The measure, which would have added five casinos and allowed horse racing tracks to offer slot machines, failed to receive enough votes to emerge from the House Executive Committee.”

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