Statewide update—June 29, 2011

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Rockford Register StarQuinn makes no commitment to casino bill during Rockford visit, “Quinn was noncommittal about signing the gambling expansion bill that lawmakers passed earlier this month. He said he planned to give the bill an extensive review, listen to the supporters and critics, gather information and make a decision.”

  • Wheaton Patch—FOIA Change Could Affect Segment of Public, “Not even two years after sweeping changes streamlined and simplified parts of the state’s rules for obtaining public information, a bill that some think throws a wrench in the system awaits a decision by Gov. Pat Quinn.”
  • Chicago TribuneDecades after Council Wars, Burke’s bodyguards questioned, “Twenty-five years later, the issue resurfaced in a new context: Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for mayor. During a debate, Emanuel said that “shared sacrifice” in tough economic times could lead to a cut in Burke’s security detail.”
  • Crain’sGaming Board shorted state’s school aid fund, report finds, “The Illinois Gaming Board underfunded the state’s Educational Assistance Fund by as much as $9.3 million in the previous fiscal year, according to an Illinois Auditor General report released Tuesday. Also, the report said, none of the money transferred in the year that ended last June 30 matched reports prepared by the Gaming Board, which is appointed by the governor to administer the regulatory and tax collection system for the state’s riverboat gambling.”
  • Belleville News Democrat (AP)Quinn spokeswoman gets big salary boost, “Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget office spokeswoman will be making nearly 50 percent more money after receiving an additional job title this spring.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesEditorial: The family pays for corrupt pol’s crimes, “How poignant and sad it was that Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan, died on the same day a jury convicted another former governor, Rod Blagojevich, of federal crimes.”

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