Statewide update—June 28, 2011

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Wikimedia)

Chicago TribuneWhy Blagojevich case hasn’t transformed Illinois’ political culture or campaign laws, “Lawmakers quickly enacted the state’s first-ever limits on campaign donations, updated access to public records and changed purchasing laws, but each of the reforms fell short of the recommendations from a commission composed of leading good-government advocates. Likewise, the state’s partisan landscape hasn’t changed significantly since Blagojevich was kicked out of office a month after his arrest.”

  • Southtown StarCountry Club Hills eliminates city-issued credit cards, “Walker was one of many irate citizens who turned out for Monday’s city council meeting to voice their displeasure over allegations of Mayor Dwight Welch’s misuse of his city credit card, which he has been accused of using excessively for personal expenses.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesNext up for feds: Powerbroker Bill Cellini, “William F. Cellini — a Springfield insider who’s been called “the pope” of Illinois politics — is expected to be the next to stand trial in Operation Board Games, the federal corruption case that will send former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison.”
  • Chicago TribuneEditorial: Illinois after Blagojevich, “Until the rest of us start showing as much courage as our jurors do, though, that sweet piety will remain unpreachable heresy in Illinois’ sanctuaries of power.”
  • Rockford Register StarPat Quinn to sign workers’ comp reform, visit Rockford, “The changes include a 30 percent reduction in medical payments. Other reforms include letting payments for carpal tunnel syndrome last only 28 1/2 weeks, instead of 40. New guidelines also will make it harder for intoxicated workers to win claims.”

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