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[23 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From Comptroller Mendoza…
I have consistently said that my office would continue to place elected officials’ paychecks at the back of the line to get paid unless a judge ordered me to stop.
A judge so ordered today.
As former Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka did in a 2013 legislator-pay case, I will release the back pay […]

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[21 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* As we’ve discussed before, the Illinois Policy Institute’s legal arm is attempting to overturn Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, in which the US Supreme Court upheld government union “fair share” fees for those who didn’t want to pay full union membership dues.
Seventh Circuit US Appellate panel, led by Judge […]

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[20 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Bills for consultants and technology contracts for computer software have helped deplete a fund created for the relief of providers of health care services through Illinois’ financially stressed Medicaid program, State Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced Monday.
Doctors and other health care providers around Illinois are waiting six months to a year or more to […]

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[20 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Chicago Crusader…
Tensions are escalating at Chicago State University, where sources tell the Chicago Crusader that Gov. Bruce Rauner is getting pushback from some officials as he seeks to make former CPS chief, Paul Vallas, president of the university. […]
Sources told the Crusader that on March 3, Rauner’s Education Secretary, Beth Purvis, called a meeting […]

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[15 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* As we discussed yesterday, the Well’s Center in Jacksonville is on the verge of shutting down. The center has been providing drug treatment for almost 50 years and the Rauner administration says Comptroller Mendoza is to blame for the crisis because she hasn’t released state money owed to the organization.
Mendoza traveled to Jacksonville […]

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[15 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
The Illinois Department of Corrections estimates that a measure targeting repeat gun offenders cosponsored by Senator Anthony Munoz (D-Chicago 1st) and Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) could save the department $62 million over 10 years.
“Many opponents of this legislation speculated that it would drive up costs and increase the prison population due to […]

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[14 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From the public finance/muni bonds reporter for Debtwire Municipals…

#Illinois in an “ominous situation” now approaching service level insolvency due to lack of budget, says S&P analyst at 2017 outlook forum.
— Caitlin Devitt (@Caitlindevitt) March 9, 2017

In re Illinois downgrade to junk: “Nothing is off the table … we think it’s very impt the […]

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[14 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* SJ-R on Friday…
A 49-year-old drug treatment center that has seen demand for services rise during the nationwide heroin epidemic plans to shut its doors by early April because of payment delays associated with the ongoing state budget crisis.
The Wells Center’s 32 adult inpatient beds and outpatient programs will close the first week of April, […]

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[14 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From the Program Director of the Illinois Justice Project…

1/3 of 1% of juvenile arrests in Illinois get expunged, despite 95% of those arrests being non-violent. That’s nuts.
— Sharone Mitchell, Jr (@SharoneILJP) March 13, 2017

* Related…
* Rauner ‘generally supportive’ of gun crimes plan but has questions: “It’s not easy work. It takes political […]

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[14 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From the BGA…
The Better Government Association has asked a judge to reopen its recently settled email lawsuit against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a dispute over more than 300 communications that the watchdog group argues may have been improperly withheld by the city when it released the mayor’s personal emails related to public business.
The motion, […]