* Ad touting Blagojevich still on the air
But under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, statewide elected officials cannot be named or shown in ads or public-service announcements for state-administered programs. The law is often cited by Blagojevich as an example of his push for governmental reforms.
* Editorial: Make the right moves on mass transit
* Rep. Fritchey: State must renew 7% solution
* House Oks plan for county sales tax
“I really like the idea,” said state Rep. Roger Eddy, R-Hutsonville, who is also a school superintendent in Crawford County. “If lawmakers in Springfield aren’t going to do anything on a statewide basis, why not let the local residents decide?”
* Lawmakers approve license plate bill to support private out-of-state schools; more here
* Revising home value caps
* Eric Zorn: Giving new life to debate on death penalty
Any humane reform of the justice system that includes ending the death penalty, they say, must also include adding opportunities for lifers to earn their release. This side of the debate is behind the ongoing work of an Illinois House committee formed to study issues related to long-term incarceration, and it includes key members of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
* Governors start to back 2008 candidates
* County incapable of fixing juvenile center say critics
* State approves Cook Co. pension buyouts
* Sad day for alderman after dad’s ID arrest