Statewide update—June 30, 2011

Bloomington PantagraphUnderwear shortage hits Illinois prisons, “Inmates in at least one state prison are being forced to wear the same used underwear for several days in a row because of a clothing shortage. The situation, says a prison watchdog group, is not only icky, but could potentially lead to illness. And it isn’t limited to just one facility.

  • Journal & TopicsHighway Districts On State Chopping Block, “Legislators in Springfield recently passed a law allowing township highway districts to be abolished by referendum. Local township officials are not happy campers. The bill now sits on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.”
  • State Journal-Register (AP)Our Opinion: Smoking ban is not what ails casinos, “So in the interest of getting ahead of the inevitable next round of attacks on the state’s indoor smoking ban from the Illinois casino crowd, we call to your attention a study published online this month in the journal Tobacco Control.”
  • Northwest HeraldGroup seeks to abolish townships, “A group that campaigned against the failed District 156 working cash bond referendum in April is refocusing its efforts toward abolishing townships…The group says townships are obsolete, inefficient and waste money.”
  • Chicago TribuneState treasurer: Bright Start insider notice ‘a mistake’, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said today that he is reviewing possible disciplinary action against an employee who sent an email to fellow workers giving early notice about a contribution-matching program for the Bright Start college savings program. Rutherford said it was “inappropriate” and “wrong” for the employee to tell colleagues about the promotion before there was time for the general public to receive notice about the program, which quickly ran out of funds.”
  • Southtown Star (AP)Ill. likely to see fierce battle over gun control, ” As state after state voted to let residents carry concealed guns, Illinois has held out, for a long list of reasons: A strong gun control movement. A dynasty of powerful Chicago mayors. A line-up of state leaders who oppose expanding access to guns.”
  • Chicago JournalGambling against the South Loop, “So, Dearborn Park, is this what you want the world to be saying? “What happens in Dearborn Park stays in Dearborn Park?” If the Chicago Sun-Times gets its way, it could happen.”

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