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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* I posted this story yesterday in Morning Shorts. It has since caught fire…
Police officers trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria’s mayor have raided a home, seizing computers and phones and hauling several people in to be questioned.
Tuesday’s raid [...]

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* The set-up (pun intended)…
Illinois State House members are advancing a bill that would devote $100 million toward a Barack Obama presidential library. The House Executive Committee meeting in Chicago today voted, by an official tally of 9-0, to authorize using state money for the library…Nine representatives were recorded as voting [...]

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Fitch Ratings stuck with its “A-” rating and “Negative” outlook on Illinois’s general obligation bonds. From the explanation…
BUDGET TEMPORARILY STABILIZED WITH TAX INCREASE: Temporary increases in both the personal and corporate income tax rates, coupled with statutory spending limits, have closed a significant portion of the structural gap in the [...]

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* The Better Government Association through the Sun-Times…
Since December 2012, GTCR has owned Correctional Healthcare Cos., which got a five-year contract with a five-year renewal option from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in February 2013 to provide medical, dental and mental health evaluations and treatment for the approximately 900 inmates, [...]

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[17 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Sen. Mark Kirk has come a long way from withholding his endorsement from Jim Oberweis. The junior Senator told reporters yesterday he intends to campaign for Oberweis this year…
Kirk says he doesn’t believe the decision will affect his “very good relationship” with Durbin, who’s running for a fourth term.
Kirk [...]

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[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* From Chicago Tonight…
(Bruce) Rauner says he would support freezing pensions for current workers and moving them into a separate 401K-style system for future work. But, he says police and fire officials would be exempt from that.
“The two groups, I believe, that should have a special deal that’s much better and [...]

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Here’s something you won’t see every day, particularly from me.
I came up with what I thought was a pretty good column idea for Crain’s Chicago Business. My editor, Tom Corfman, liked it and gave it a green light.
But then I wrote myself into a hopeless corner. That happens [...]

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* During today’s debate on a bill to do away with a state commission which can overturn local school board decisions on charter schools, sponsoring Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia was trying to make a point about minority parents.
“So, listen to me minorities,” she said turning toward the Democratic side of the chamber. “I’m over [...]

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* The taxi companies have backed way off their outlandish legislative push to all but outlaw ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. There is no final agreement yet, however. Word is that insurance details are still to be worked out, but here’s the press release from Rep. Mike Zalewski outlining what’s been put [...]

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[7 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* This is a big reason why Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) hasn’t yet passed a single bill. From Illinois Review…
A property tax relief bill that passed the Illinois House last week remains a topic of discussion among Republicans that voted against it. State Rep. David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington) legislation places a one year restriction [...]