Statewide update—June 16, 2011


Daily HeraldGaming board head blasts expansion bill, “The top Illinois gambling regulator is criticizing legislation to expand wagering as poorly written and difficult to enforce. Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said at a public meeting Tuesday that the board’s staff would have to be doubled to enforce laws governing five new casinos, slot machines at horse racing tracks and other provisions in the bill awaiting action by Gov. Pat Quinn. ‘You can’t make perfume out of a pile of garbage,’ Jaffe said.”

  • Chicago TribuneCook County to set performance standards, “Cook County will start using benchmarks such as wait times at hospitals and employee sick time as part of a plan to set performance standards.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesIG: Minority, female share of city contracts ‘grossly overstated’, “Chicago’s Public Building Commission was accused Wednesday of shortchanging minority contractors by ‘grossly overstating’ participation, inadequately policing the set-aside program and stonewalling the city inspector general’s requests for documentation.”
  • Peoria Journal StarLawmakers likely to return to Springfield, “Gov. Pat Quinn and the four legislative leaders met Wednesday in Chicago and agreed to try to convince rank-and-file members to approve a capital bill that does not include money to restore spending cuts made to state programs. The target date for returning to Springfield is Wednesday.”
  • State Journal-RegisterTax breaks to end for 100 Illinois companies, “Tax-break deals with 107 companies will expire in 2012, 2013 and 2014, according to records obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request. Those deals, worth more than $100 million, run out at a time when other states view Illinois as a prime target for poaching after this year’s tax increases stirred unhappiness in the state’s business community. “





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