Statewide update—August 3, 2011

Chicago TribuneCountry Club Hills: The half-million-dollar City Council, “Country Club Hills’ 10 aldermen represent just 16,500 people, but they are paid roughly $31,000 a year and given an unusual $9,000-a-year expense account…Bigger towns have councils that cost less. And the aldermen in question recently criticized the city’s mayor over his expenses, though they say their own salaries and spending are justified.”

  • SouthtownStarCountry Club Hills cuts inspector general post, “A year after Country Club Hills officials created the position of inspector general — and hired the police chief’s husband to fill it — the position was eliminated Monday night during a brief special meeting of the city council…Aldermen previously said the move is part of an effort to shave the city’s budget deficit and that the position is unnecessary.”
  • Chicago Sun-TimesChicago’s Inspector General: Fire 54 firefighters for alleged fraud, “Chicago’s Inspector General is recommending the termination of 54 firefighters assigned to the Fire Department’s scandal-scarred Fire Prevention Bureau for allegedly falsifying mileage used to reimburse them for driving their personal vehicles to inspections.”
  • Chicago TribuneJudge finds McHenry State’s Attorney not guilty, “Capping an unusual and costly probe that put the county’s top prosecutor on trial, a judge found Bianchi not guilty of all charges of official misconduct. The ruling ended a two-year ordeal that some said was driven more by politics than by justice.”
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