Statewide update—July 6, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (wikimedia)

Chicago Sun-TimesMayor Rahm Emanuel proposing new round of ethics reforms, “At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, the mayor will introduce an ordinance limiting — to $50 per gift and $100 per calendar year —the value of gifts lobbyists can give to city employees. City employees would also be prohibited from getting loans from individual lobbyists or their businesses. Twice a year, lobbyists would be required to report their campaign contributions to city employees and elected officials.”

  • SouthtownStarQuinn ready for battle over raises, “Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday he was prepared to go to court against the unions to defend his decision to cancel pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers and he repeatedly blamed lawmakers for leaving him no choice by not setting aside the money.”
  • Daily Herald$338,139-a-year state ethics board levied $28,350 in fines, “Meanwhile, the efforts of the nine-member board cost taxpayers $338,139 a year in salaries for the appointees — or more than $2 million so far. The members also receive reimbursements for expenses they incur.”
  • Chicago TribuneCouncil set to OK firing ranges, with limits, “Firing ranges could soon be legal inside Chicago city limits as Mayor Rahm Emanuel is fast-tracking a plan designed to head off a federal court decision that could force the city to accept them.”
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