Statewide update—July 13, 2011

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Peoria Journal StarUnions picket throughout state, “Two more unions sued the state of Illinois on Tuesday over Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to suspend scheduled pay raises for some state workers. Meanwhile, dozens of employees picketed at two work sites in Springfield, while similar protests occurred at other employment sites throughout the state.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesCook County highway chief quits, “During his tenure in the $147,436-a-year job, Graham drew criticism for implementing no-drive days for highway staffers — something he said was aimed as saving money on gas, but commissioners said was foolish since the highway department is in the business of maintaining roadways.”
  • State Journal-RegisterOur Opinion: State must crack down on grant use, “The contrast between schools struggling under the weight of state budget cuts and hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grant money carelessly dispersed is frustrating. In the context of recent audits from Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland, which noted lax monitoring of grant funds after their dispersal, it’s infuriating.”

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