Statewide update—June 15, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesCHA chief resigns amid questionable use of credit card, “A recent Better Government Association/Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 news investigation found the CHA under Jordan was the worst abuser…The card issued to Jordan himself had been used to pay for numerous pricey meals at expensive restaurants like Carmine’s and Gibsons. The investigation also found CHA credit cards were used to buy thousands of dollars worth of flowers, cakes and holiday gifts for employees, a suite at the United Center and for payment of red-light camera tickets.”

  • Daily HeraldTowns pay big for retirees’ unused sick days, “Critics complain towns with such policies are out of touch with current private business practices, where such perks are increasingly rare, notes Elgin Mayor David Kaptain. Others question whether towns — and taxpayers — can afford the expense.”
  • The Journal-Standard (Freeport, IL)Attorney General to stay silent on Hooper case, “Over the past month, a flood of questions has been aimed at the fiscal practices of [Buckeye] Township Supervisor Sheila Hooper… Hooper has admitted that she and other township employees have received salary advances. The timing of this particular advance, however, has raised additional questions about the legality of the practice.”
  • Chicago TribunePreckwinkle defends hiring two former lawmakers, “Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ran for the job as a reformer, but on Tuesday she found herself defending a decision to put two former southwest suburban state lawmakers on the county payroll.”
  • Daily HeraldEditorial: End county pension perks, governor, “It’s time to end this county retirement program. We urge Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to sign into law a plan on his desk that would abolish this special pension program. Unfortunately, even that action won’t cancel payments for dozens of former and current county officials who still will qualify for the pension payments for years to come.”
  • SouthtownStarHorsemen urged to tell Quinn to OK slots at tracks, “In light of Quinn’s expected veto of at least some parts of the bill, some legislators have begun looking at possible changes to make it more acceptable to the governor. But changes could threaten the legislation, which was carefully crafted to offer something to a variety of interests.”
  • State Journal-RegisterLawmakers OK 90-day health insurance plans for state workers, “State employees, retirees and dependents would be able to keep their current managed-care plans — including Health Alliance and Humana – beyond July 1 under short-term contracts state officials will try to negotiate.”
  • Bloomington PantagraphRegional superintendant hospitalized, ticketed with DUI following crash, “Mark Jontry, 42, who remains hospitalized at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage following a single-vehicle accident Monday night on Bloomington’s southwest side.”
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