Statewide update—June 1, 2011

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Chicago Sun-TimesLegislature ends session with casinos, workers comp, fistfight, “In another major vote, the Senate voted 31-24 to narrowly approve a push by Commonwealth Edison to raise electricity rates by 2.5 percent to invest in its aging power grid, a plan that faces a certain veto from the governor.”
SouthtownStarLawmakers seek to limit access to information, “The latest move is aimed at ‘vexatious requesters,’ individuals who annoy municipal officials by repeatedly asking for public documents… Government officials contend that these people are either crazy, obsessed or anarchists… The fact that the Legislature was scheduled to rewrite the FOI law Tuesday night at the conclusion of its regular business is more than symbolic. Altering a sunshine law in the dark illustrates what political leaders think of the public’s right to know.”

  • Daily HeraldWhich township road chief makes $45,866 to maintain four miles?, “Take Elk Grove Township Highway Commissioner Charles Serchuk, who will make $45,866 this year. That translates to $11,325 per mile since he’s only responsible for a smidgen more than four miles of road in the Cook County township.”
  • Peoria Journal StarIllinois senator says fellow lawmaker punched him, “Republican Sen. Kyle McCarter says he was punched by Sen. Mike Jacobs on the Senate floor after a debate Tuesday. McCarter had pointed out in debate that Jacobs’ father was a lobbyist for Commonwealth Edison and that Jacobs was sponsoring legislation benefiting ComEd.”
  • Chicago TribuneCasino bill goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, “The gambling bill that promises a casino to Chicago won lawmakers’ approval Tuesday by offering something to almost everyone with a stake in the vote — from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and well-heeled Chicago developers to cash-strapped horse racing operators in southern Illinois.”
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