Statewide update—July 20, 2011

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson

Chicago Sun-TimesInspector general now at odds with Mayor Emanuel, “Inspector General Joe Ferguson went public on the issue Tuesday in a letter accompanying his latest quarterly report, talking about impediments he says keep him from exercising the independence he needs to root out waste and corruption. Ferguson, who was given responsibility last year for the oversight of city hiring, wrote that ‘robust oversight’ is being hampered by ‘serious understaffing.'”

  • SouthtownStar‘Transparency’ goal of Orland Park plan, “Posting more information online might also reduce the number of Freedom of Information Act requests Orland Park receives, LaMargo said. The village also plans to post monthly compilations of FOIA requests from the public and media, including stats on how quickly the village responded to the information request, he said.”
  • Peoria Journal-StarArbitrator: Quinn must give pay raises to workers, “Arbitrator Edwin Benn said the state violated its contract with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 when it canceled the scheduled raises just before the state’s new fiscal year started on July 1. He ordered that the raises be restored dating back to all paychecks distributed since the beginning of the fiscal year.”
  • Daily HeraldLocal tax group says schools could cut debt levies, “A suburban taxpayer watchdog group has issued a report calling on local school districts to give money back to residents by paying off debt from the extra cash they have, cutting taxes levied.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesCity worker quits in the face of David Koschman questions, “The names of employees and contractors aren’t included in the report, but sources identified McDonald as the former ‘high-level manager’ in the city Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events who ‘refused to answer questions’ as part of an ‘IGO investigation relating to an inquiry into a serious crime.'”


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