Statewide update—June 4, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesFormer Mayor Daley’s son profited after airport Wi-Fi deal, “For years, City Hall maintained that Mayor Richard M. Daley’s son, Patrick Daley, had no financial stake in the deal that brought wireless Internet service to city-owned O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport. But it turns out that the younger Daley still reaped a windfall of $708,999 when Concourse Communications was sold in 2006, less than a year after the Chicago company signed the multimillion-dollar Wi-Fi contract with his father’s administration, company documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.”

  • (AP) Rockford Register StarIllinois Legislature sees big accomplishments in 5 months, “They tackled the state’s woeful budget. Rejecting Gov. Pat Quinn’s push to increase spending, legislators did something that seems simple but rarely happens in Springfield: They figured out how much money was available and then spent only that much.”
  • Daily HeraldBarrington area state Rep. Beaubian dies at 68, “Beaubien, known as a moderate Republican, represented the 52nd House District, which included most of the Barrington area as well as portions of Wauconda, Fox Lake, Round Lake, Fox River Grove, Cary, Island Lake, McHenry and Lakemoor.”
  • Chicago TribuneLawmakers continue to cut despite major income tax increase, “The new spending plan is joint effort between House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, and House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego. The two teamed up for a $33.2 billion budget that is $2 billion less than what Quinn wanted and $1 billion less than the Illinois Senate put forth.”
  •  State Journal-RegisterState legislators’ work may not yet be done, “There may be a few issues that bring us back this summer that are out there floating around,” said Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley. ‘The governor may take some actions on the big bills, like Com Ed. There may be some opportunities yet.”

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