Statewide update—July 19, 2011

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Chicago TribunePrivate haulers compete with city workers for Chicago recycling, “City Hall has selected two private garbage companies to compete with city workers for the job of providing curbside recycling in Chicago, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he expected the plan to allow for an expansion of the long-troubled program.”

  • Daily HeraldThousands flock to new Des Plaines casino, “Sweltering heat, long lines, traffic jams, and not enough slot machines were complaints of some as hordes of gamblers flooded the new Rivers Casino, which opened Monday morning in Des Plaines. Thousands lined up early on two sides of the building and all the way into the parking garage. When the doors opened shortly before 11 a.m., they streamed in by the hundreds, hoping to get lucky.”
  • Illinois Statehouse NewsFeds halt Illinois Medicaid reform, “The federal government says Illinois cannot ask Medicaid recipients to prove how much they earn or where they live.”
  • Daily HeraldDrivers may foot $1B tollway budget gap, “Suburban drivers could face a toll increase down the road as the Illinois tollway grapples with a $1 billion gap in highway maintenance needs and contemplates billions of dollars in new construction.”
  • Chicago TribuneEditorial: Don’t go away mad …, “Reporters Diane Rado and Duaa Eldeib examined more than 100 superintendent contracts, finance records and severance agreements over a decade. They found that school boards showered money, including tons of cash for hundreds of unused sick days, on departing superintendents. In many cases these were big payouts for folks who were being drummed out the door.

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