Statewide update—June 24, 2011

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State Journal-RegisterQuinn: Gambling decision weeks away, “Quinn said Thursday in Chicago that it would take weeks before he makes any decisions regarding the legislation. He plans to continue meeting with supporters and opponents. ‘It’s a very complicated piece of legislation, and it deserves scrutiny from top to bottom and that’s what I intend to give it,’ Quinn said.”

  • Bloomington Pantagraph—State lawmakers to review business tax structure, “Some high-profile griping by Illinois CEOs has triggered a special legislative review of the state’s business tax structure. In a joint statement issued Thursday, Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan announced that members of a joint House-Senate committee would hold hearings to investigate how to make the state more business friendly.”
  • Daily Herald—Editorial: End this sugary perk for lawmakers, “[T]he state’s Reciprocal Act allows some [lawmakers] to combine their previous years of public service with legislative service to maximize retirement payouts, basing it on the more generous pension plan, which usually is the one for state legislators. This should not be. Nobody, no matter how excellent a teacher, no matter how influential a lawmaker — a part-time position, we might add — deserves such a benefit from taxpayers.”
  • Naperville SunCOD, Glen Ellyn may try to resolve differences, “State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s office became involved when the COD Board of Trustees voted unanimously May 23 to rescind an intergovernmental agreement with the village, effectively beginning the de-annexation proceedings from the village. But Glen Ellyn resident Rinda Allison challenged the vote as a violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act because the reason for the vote wasn’t posted on the meeting agenda.”

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