Statewide update—June 9, 2011

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Daily HeraldReport: Gambling revenue continues to decline, “The Illinois Gaming Board’s monthly revenue report for May shows a 4.3 percent drop in casino revenue statewide compared to the first five months of 2010, as recession-hampered gamblers decide more often to fold ‘em than hold ‘em.”

  • State Journal RegisterMadigan blocking merger of treasurer, comptroller’s offices, “A constitutional amendment to merge the offices of the state treasurer and comptroller is stalled in the Illinois House because of opposition by House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. The amendment unanimously passed the Illinois Senate, but is stuck in the House Rules Committee, which is tightly controlled by the speaker.”
  • Chicago TribuneNew CTA leader: ‘Bleak environment’ for funding, “Claypool, who has been on the job for three weeks, delivered the downbeat assessment in his first public remarks on the CTA’s financial challenges. Without mentioning any names, he criticized elected officials for abandoning transit over the years and, as a result, he said he will be forced to soon make tough decisions that won’t be popular.”
  • (AP) Peoria Journal StarChicago puts employee salary data on website, “Keeping with his campaign promise to make Chicago government more transparent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday posted the salaries of more than 34,000 city employees online.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphUnions call on Quinn, legislators to resolve impasse, “Lawmakers will have to return to the statehouse in a special session to resolve the issue, and Quinn has warned that projects will stop June 17 unless the House and Senate come to an agreement.”
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