Statewide update—June 14, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesChicago, county to share services, “The city of Chicago and Cook County could save up to $140 million a year — not including health care consolidation — by joining forces on everything from purchasing to revenue collection to elections to 311 service, according to a new report. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and county board President Toni Preckwinkle embraced the report they commissioned and said it’s full speed ahead on implementing its recommendations.”

  • (AP) State Journal-RegisterReport: New Menard prison workers’ comp cases pile up, “New workers’ compensation claims have continued to pile up this year at Menard Correctional Center despite ongoing probes by federal authorities, a newspaper reported Sunday…Some claims involve alleged assaults by prisoners, but almost half allege repetitive strain injuries similar to previous cases under investigation, the News-Democrat reported.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphRecords: Suspended deputy started relationship after police call, “A McLean County sheriff’s deputy used his position as a law enforcement officer to initiate a relationship with a woman he met during a police call, according to disciplinary records related to the deputy’s suspension. The records, obtained by The Pantagraph through a Freedom of Information Act request, show Deputy Cory Wills was placed on paid leave in October for allegedly violating department policies for on- and off-duty conduct.”
  • Northwest HeraldPrivate meeting not illegal, but ill-advised, “A private gathering in which two McHenry County Board members rotated out to avoid Illinois Open Meetings Act requirements did not violate the law, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. But had Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Rein been asked for her opinion beforehand, she said Monday she would have advised against it.”
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