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[24 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Garrett Brnger at Illinois Issues has a good story about the controversy over electronic license-plate readers…
It doesn’t take much time at all, fractions of a second, to be marked and mapped, recorded and reported.
The automatic license plate reader cameras don’t look like much — just a pair of strobe lights on the back […]

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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz reports that Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp is seriously considering a US Senate bid…
In an interview, Zopp, 57, says she’s “seriously considering the race” and believes she’d be “a strong candidate.”
“I think the interest of the community I represent needs to be represented in this race,” says Zopp, who […]

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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* I kinda get a kick out it when CapitolFax.com advertisers pummel each other…
A plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing no-carbon energy and potentially save three Illinois nuclear plants from closure would cost ratepayers $1.6 billion over five years and strain budgets for financially strapped businesses and municipal governments, […]

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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Oops…
Inspect the most commercial trucks. Win a steak dinner.
That was a contest apparently put in place by an Illinois State Police safety educational officer based in Ullin — who inadvertently sent the email announcing the winning squad meant for his colleagues to media contacts late this week.
Trooper Greg Miller from downstate District 22, […]

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[17 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From a union leader…
Another big union turnout (350-500 people) and another local government postpones consideration of Rauner’s turnaround agenda, this time in Livingston Co. Rauner got 66% of the vote in Livingston in November.
A pic…

* From the governor’s office…
Hi, Rich –
I have attached the Westville resolution as promised.
And you can add Winthrop Harbor […]

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[16 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Erickson…
Although state finances are stretched thin, the Illinois House approved a plan Wednesday to pay out more than $60 million owed to thousands of unionized state workers. […]
The dispute over the money dates to 2011, when former Gov. Pat Quinn reneged on wage increases for state workers approved under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
At the […]

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[16 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million contract the district awarded on a no-bid basis to a training academy that formerly employed her, sources said.
The CPS inspector general’s office began an investigation into the contract with north suburban-based SUPES Academy and Byrd-Bennett’s relationship to the company in […]

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[14 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the Pontiac Daily Leader…
With warm weather fast approaching, pool season is on the horizon. However, Chenoa sees a major source of summer income in doubt, with its pool liner in a state of disrepair and the time window to fix it closing. The Chenoa City Council […]

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[14 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Illinois Radio Network…
The state has $12 billion to $15 billion to invest at any moment, and since 2005, the law has allowed 1 percent of that to be invested in Illinois-based high-tech companies. In 2011, the limit became 3 percent, but the actual amount has never exceeded 1 percent.
State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says now […]

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[14 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* WUIS…
Current state law prohibits people with felony records from working in a school, or volunteering, or even driving a truck that makes deliveries to a school. But a measure pending before the Illinois House of Representatives could change that.
* This is an interesting bill for a couple of reasons. First…
Floyd Stafford could benefit […]