Statewide update—July 14, 2011

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Chicago TribuneReshaping Chicago’s political map: race, ward-by-ward, “The Chicago City Council is preparing to redraw ward boundaries in a once-a-decade exercise that could reshape Chicago’s political landscape. With sharp declines in the black and white population, Latinos look to make gains.”

  • Daily HeraldWhich township trustees are getting pensions? “White makes $4,200 a year as a trustee, according to township records. This year, White will contribute about $200 to his retirement plan, but taxpayers in the Lake County township will add another $500 toward his pension. Combined, pension contributions for all four Libertyville Township trustees will cost taxpayers $1,992 this year.”
  • Belleville News DemocratAttorney disciplinary board files complaint against former arbitrator Teague, “Former workers’ compensation arbitrator Jennifer Teague could face discipline after a four-count complaint was filed, alleging she improperly used her position to speed payment of her own workers’ comp case, made improper statements and attempted to hide a hearing from the media in a high-profile workers’ compensation case.”
  • SouthtownStarQuinn signs coal gasification plant bill, “Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday that would help establish the state’s first coal gasification plant on land owned by three Southland men.”
  • Chicago TribuneMadigan calls for ban on third-party phone bill charges, “Third-party charges on consumer phone bills — which sometimes lead to fraudulent charges or “cramming” — should be banned, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday said in testimony before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in Washington.”
  • Peoria Journal-StarState treasurer berates lawmakers, “‘Illinois has an addiction to debt.’ That’s the blunt message state Treasurer Dan Rutherford brought to the Kiwanis Club of Peoria Downtown on Wednesday, bemoaning a state that, ‘if it was a private company, they’d be hauled in front of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress and probably be thrown into jail’ because of how things are run.”
  • Chicago News CooperativeCity Vague on Costs of Ending O’Hare Deal, “When he announced his support last week for a plan to revamp concessions at O’Hare International Airport, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would retain the right to get out of the deal after 10 years. What he did not say at the time – and what his aides still have not said – is what exactly it would cost the city if it decided to get out of the contract.”
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