Statewide update—June 13, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesMitchell: CHA officials should be ashamed, “Chicago Housing Authority officials ought to be embarrassed. Last week, a Better Government Association/Fox Chicago investigation found that city workers were using credit cards to pay for expensive dinners and whatnot.”

  •  Chicago TribuneQuinn to sign education overhaul package, “Gov. Pat Quinn today is expected to sign a major education reform package that could increase the time Chicago schoolchildren spend in the classroom, give school districts new powers to dump incompetent teachers and make it harder for teachers to strike.”
  • Peoria Journal StarGambling package hinges on Quinn decision, “Under the Illinois Constitution, the governor could use his amendatory veto powers to strike provisions from it. A majority of lawmakers then would have to agree for Quinn’s version to become law. A three-fifths majority would have to vote to override Quinn in order for the bill to become law as it was originally approved.”
  • Rockford Register StarRockford School Board could approve option to shorten public comment time, “The district’s Operations Committee considered the amendment earlier this week, and General Counsel Lori Hoadley said the new policy would allow the board to compress the number of speakers, hear from the community and still have time to get to board business.”
  • The News-GazetteProposed gambling expansion has proponents, opponents in Danville, “Some tout the benefits — more jobs, more local revenue. Others warn of the costs — addiction, crime, bankruptcies. As the state awaits Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision on a gaming expansion bill that includes a riverboat casino for Danville, the only sure bet is that opinions are split on the issue.”
  • Naperville SunWheatland Township building proposal remains in spotlight, “At a town meeting last month, residents voted to stop all expenditures of money on the project; directed the township to provide detailed estimates of money already expended, construction and operating costs; formed a space needs committee of trustees and citizens to study space needs in both the short and long term for the township; and prohibited any action on the property already owned by the township until the space committee makes its final report.”
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