Statewide update—July 12, 2011

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Chicago Sun-TimesHundreds of city workers earned over $10,000 in OT in four months, “Nearly 460 city employees each racked up more than $10,000 in overtime through the first four months of this year, fueling Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s demand for the work-rule changes he says he needs to avoid 625 layoffs.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesOpinion: Gov, defend open public records, “Instead of trying to limit FOIA, government agencies and municipalities throughout Illinois should be putting their time and energy into transparency efforts that make them more accessible to and candid with the taxpayers who are funding them.”
  • State Journal-RegisterSupreme Court rules Illinois public works plan is legal, “Billions of dollars’ worth of construction projects, including Statehouse renovations and hundreds of road projects throughout the state, will go on as scheduled over the next half a decade after the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday upheld funding for the work.”
  • Chicago News CooperativeMoney Missing From Education Reform Bill, “Lawmakers stripped more than $500,000 from Quinn’s proposed budget that would have helped implement Senate Bill 7, a sweeping education reform bill lauded as a national model, partly because it eases the process of dumping poorly rated teachers. The money would have paid for a contract with a private firm to handle training to revamp teacher and principal evaluations.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesRTA revokes staff credit cards amid other agency scrutiny, “Prompted by revelations of excessive spending by Chicago Housing Authority executives, another governmental agency — the Regional Transportation Authority — has revoked credit card privileges for most employees, officials said.”
  • Chicago TribuneState ends Catholic Charities adoption contracts, “Illinois officials won’t renew foster care and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities, a move that could end a decades-long relationship that’s been in the spotlight following the state’s new civil unions law.”

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  1. pl. stop the O.T scandal with city departments like Water, Streets & San, Police dept. all these city employees don’t do any work during regular hours. they only work if O.T. is there. Mr. Mayor, stop this scandal ASAP. SANAT, CHICAGO.

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