Statewide update—July 7, 2011

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Daily HeraldQuinn signs bill giving county boards more oversight authority, “Calling it ‘a good step forward’ toward ethics, honesty and openness in local government, Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday signed legislation giving suburban county boards more financial supervision over the agencies they appoint. The new law, which Quinn signed during a stop in Wheaton, is in part a response to financial scandals involving two DuPage County agencies.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesClout-heavy concessionaire could lose contract at O’Hare, “The gravy train is about to end for a clout-heavy O’Hare Airport concessionaire whose partners have included veteran political operative Jeremiah Joyce, one of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s closest friends in politics.”
  • State Journal-Register (AP)Quinn aide: Pay superintendents from local tax, “Budget director David Vaught said the 44 superintendents should be paid from the personal property replacement tax, which corporations and business partnerships pay instead of local property taxes. State government collects the money as an income tax and sends it to schools, cities, counties and other local governments.”
  • Daily HeraldJudge Evans not on board with Preckwinkle’s plan, “Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans is the lone holdout of county board President Toni Preckwinkle’s planned management overhaul of government operations. Evans argued that his office isn’t under the purview of the county board and he has already launched his own reforms.
  • Lake County News-SunSurplus means tax cut in Avon Township, “Avon Township officials said Wednesday the township has a larger-than-expected surplus which will be applied to planned reductions on next year’s taxes. ‘People don’t realize the extent of overspending and waste at the local level,’ said Supervisor Sam Yingling.”

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