Statewide update—June 23, 2011


Chicago Sun-TimesBlock on Chicago casino bill could stay in place through fall, “A parliamentary hold Senate President John Cullerton placed on legislation that would authorize a Chicago casino could stay in place through the fall, the top Senate Democrat said Wednesday… Cullerton’s move is aimed at buying time for negotiations with Quinn on a follow-up bill designed to narrow the scope of the gambling package that passed in May with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s backing.”

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  • SouthtownStarWelch, aide spend freely on taxpayers’ dime, “The Country Club Hills mayor and his city manager spent thousands of dollars last year on restaurants, movie tickets and even Teddy bears, a review of city credit card statements shows. Mayor Dwight Welch and former city manager Henrietta Turner racked up a combined $75,000 in credit card charges at various restaurants alone and spent $2,000 for movie tickets.”
  • Daily HeraldOpinion: Quinn must stand for transparency, “Gov. Quinn, if you are as committed to open and transparent government as you claim, you will reaffirm your support for more open access to public information by rejecting HB 1716.”
  • Chicago TribuneIllinois lawmakers vote to cut own pay, “State lawmakers today voted to give themselves 12 unpaid days off during the next year and rejected 1.1 percent cost-of-living increases. One opponent, Sen. Tom Johnson, R-West Chicago, suggested the move is little more than a public relations stunt.”



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