Statewide update—July 11, 2011

Mayor Emanuel

Chicago Sun-TimesMayor Emanuel cuts government credit cards from 500 to 30, “Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting from 500 to just 30 the number of credit cards used by local government agencies — and banning the use of petty cash altogether —after alleged abuses that ousted the chiefs of the CHA and Chicago Park District.”

  • Peoria Journal-Star (AP)Governor careful where to place his bets on Illinois casino expansion, “Pulling out any of the bill’s many pieces, including any of five new casinos, risks the loss of backing from legislators whose support was carefully cultivated, one by one, possibly dooming the proposal if Quinn sends it back to Springfield shrunken or otherwise amended. That could cost the state $1.6 billion in licensing fees and other payments that proponents say the legislation would generate to help pay down the state’s backlog of bills.”
  • State Journal-RegisterGov. Quinn signs 3 education bills, “Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three education bills aimed at preventing violence and encouraging reading and math. Quinn signed the trio of legislation Friday at a Chicago high school.”
  • Chicago TribuneIllinois high court to rule on $31B public works program, “The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to decide today the constitutionality of Gov. Pat Quinn’s showcase $31 billion public works program, with an adverse ruling likely to throw a state in financial turmoil into even deeper disarray.”
  • State Journal-RegisterAttorney general backs city police refusal to release records, “In denying Wilkins one of the reports, the city cited a section of the state Freedom of Information Act that allows public bodies to withhold documents considered preliminary or that contain opinions. And the Illinois attorney general’s office, which under state law acts as referee in FOIA disputes, agrees that the city can use the exemption to keep internal-affairs reports secret.”
  • Peoria Journal-Star (AP)Cost of Illinois workers increases as numbers fall, “The state delivered paychecks to 78,567 people in 2010 — 369 fewer than in the previous year, according to an analysis by the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus. Despite that slight reduction, total payroll costs climbed $95 million to $4.45 billion, an increase of about 2.3 percent.”
  • Rockford Register Star (AP)Illinois tax hearings aim at fairness, not loss of revenue, “In the lead-up to hearings on taxes that have businesses threatening to leave the state, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton concedes that the state’s tax structure may be unfair, but says any ideas emerging from the hearings should have one thing in common — no decrease in the cash-poor state’s bottom line.”
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