Statewide update—June 8, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesFelon, fired cop land sweet school jobs in Cicero and Berwyn district, “Both men share something besides having the same employer and getting big raises at the district. Both are friends with the school district’s controversial board president — Jeff Pesek.”

  • Daily HeraldPart-time county board pensions go big-time, “Instead of the traditional IMRF pension payout that gives retirees 75 percent of a convoluted earnings formula if they put in 40 years of work, the special county program gives elected officials 80 percent of their final year’s salary after just 20 years.”
  • SouthtownStarOrland fire district trustees hire law firm, “The hiring of Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper & Gilbert could be a precursor to the district board bringing formal charges against Chief Bryant Krizik and Deputy Chief Joe Madden, board president James Hickey said.”
  • Chicago TribuneQuinn names Chico to head state education board, “The appointment brings a leader with political connections and education credentials to the state board at a time when public school funding faces deep reductions because of the state’s budget woes.”
  • Peoria Journal StarCatholic group files suit over gay adoptions issues, “Catholic Charities of Peoria, along with Catholic Charities of Springfield and Joliet, on Tuesday asked a judge not to require them to place children with non-married couples as required by a recent change in state law.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphACLU seeks probe of Illinois state police searches, “The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal complaint against the Illinois state police on Tuesday over a pattern of handling searches differently during traffic stops depending on whether the driver was white, black or Hispanic.”

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