Statewide update—August 1, 2011

Chicago Sun-TimesTax-free-palooza: Music fest that hired Daley nephew got pass on tax, “Lollapalooza got its latest waiver from the city’s 5 percent amusement tax in the waning days of the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley, whose nephew Mark Vanecko has been a lobbyist and lawyer for the festival promoters, helping to negotiate their current 10-year contract with the Chicago Park District.”

  • Chicago TribuneIn a sea of red ink, Emanuel focuses on small fixes, “By taking so much off the table before negotiations begin, Emanuel is virtually ensuring that balancing his first budget will be accomplished through a series of smaller-scale measures rather than sweeping fixes to cut costs or raise money.”
  • State Journal-RegisterQuinn vetoes COGFA health contract bill, “Quinn said the legislation if enacted into law would lead to “politicization” of the purchasing process, which would undermine the state’s ability to secure health care contracts at the best cost.”

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