Chicago Sun-Times—Transit agencies spend big on lobbying at state level, study finds, “The Regional Transportation Authority and its service boards, including the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace, made up a sizeable chunk of the $7.5 million total — spending just under $1.03 million on lobbyists. The CTA accounted for more than $370,000 of that transit total. Using the state’s open-records law, the organization obtained lobbying contracts from 141 local governments for work performed by 77 lobbying entities between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.”>>>See the full report here.
- SouthtownStar—Kadner: 2 former state reps land county jobs, “They were only seat-fillers, some would say, since they had no intention of running last November for election to their House seats… There are some, such as Better Government Association executive director Andy Shaw, who imply the hirings were a political favor.”
- Chicago Sun-Times—Inspector General: City’s minority business program still ‘best by fraud and abuse’, “One year after concluding that blacks, Hispanics, women and Asians were deprived of at least $19 million worth of construction contracts in 2008 alone because of ‘widespread’ fraud, abuse and mismanagement, Inspector General Joe Ferguson determined that precious little has changed.”
- Chicago Tribune—Jury begins deliberating on Blagojevich today, “How long the jury will take to reach a decision on the 20 criminal counts against Blagojevich is unknown, but the last jury to weigh Blagojevich’s fate took three weeks to find him guilty on only one count while deadlocking on the rest. The former governor is being tried this time on most of those remaining counts.”