Statewide update—July 18, 2011

IL Senate President John Cullerton

Peoria Journal-StarIllinois lawmakers playing legislative keep away with Quinn, “It’s the political equivalent of keep away. Lawmakers still haven’t sent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn two pieces of controversial legislation six weeks after passing them. One is to massively expand gambling and the other to finance an energy ‘smart grid.’ But the Democrat can’t sign them or veto them. He can’t do anything but wait.”

  • Daily HeraldDes Plaines casino not a boon for everyone, “While the new casino is expected to generate millions of dollars for Des Plaines, other towns are expecting to lose out as the Rivers Casino draws patrons and gambling revenues from their attractions.”
  • SouthtownStarIllinois ramping up fight against child porn, “A major effort is under way in Illinois to fight child pornography, even as authorities say more people than ever are being prosecuted for such crimes, including a rash of high-profile cases such as the conviction of a former state police trooper who admitted he viewed kiddie porn on his state-issued laptop computer while on duty.”
  • Peoria Journal-StarCuts to meals for Illinois elderly worry advocates, “Budget cuts to programs that deliver meals to homebound seniors in Illinois may force some frail elderly into nursing homes, a more expensive option for both the individuals and the state, advocates say.”

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