SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Morning shorts

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2007

* Reports says state’s juvenile defense system stretched too far

* Study finds lack of justice for juveniles

* Recieiver hikes hotel profits

In the first six months after Hostmark Hospitality Group began running it, the hotel showed a profit of more than $927,000.

During the same six-month period in 2006, the hotel showed a profit of only about $126,000, said Scott Burnham, spokesman for Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

Profit margins are important because the hotel was built with the help of a state-backed loan. Under a refinancing deal, the hotel’s owners had to make payments on the state loan only when the facility showed a profit. Giannoulias’ office said the hotel had made only two payments on the loan since 1998 and none in the past four years.

* Whistleblower accused of leaking report fights to keep state job

* Don’t extend Ryan’s bail, says Fitzgerald

* Editorial: Ryan has avoided prison for far too long

* Did Illinois students do too well on tests?

“That has to make you ask questions,” said Jack Jennings, head of the Washington-based Center on Education Policy. “It could be the schools are just highly focused — and that can be a problem if all they’re doing is preparing kids for the test. Another possible explanation is the test is too easy.”

Illinois education officials deny that’s the case, saying coursework closely tracks the concepts tested, giving teachers a clear roadmap — and better results.

* Girls outpace boys on state tests

* Nearly a tenth of Illinois schools are ‘dropout factories’

* State test scores plunge at high school level

* Student test scores: some up, some down

* School report on time this year

* Chicago’s student achievement gap

For students shut out of the selective college preps like Payton, it can be like a “death sentence,” one activist said.

“Either you get into those schools or you’re in schools where you’re more likely to end up in prison than in college,” said Madeline Talbott, head organizer for Illinois ACORN.

The news of the growing achievement gap comes six years after passage of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which explicitly aims to narrow this gap. The law is up for re-authorization

* Chicago Public Radio: City plans to expand its surveillance system

* Illinoize: No the Christian right doesn’t drive up the abortion rate, but thanks for asking

* More ‘quality hiring’ by county

Stroger can fill about 500 jobs at will, and spokesman Ibis Antongiorgi said he’s left dozens vacant and can fire anyone from those jobs at any time.

He did that this month when the Sun-Times revealed he had hired Patty Young, girlfriend to his ally, Commissioner William Beavers. Stroger called that hiring “a red herring” that didn’t reflect actual hiring patterns.

* Carol Marin: Why is city hiding scandals?

* Sen. Brady decries inaction on health board

* State set to review bids for $27 million military center

* CPR: Chicago pushes for more expensive beers

When you crack open and pour a beer you’ve already paid the city 9 cents for your six pack. If the mayor has his way, you’ll pay 17. The city wants to raise its taxes on beer more then 80 percent. The tax on wine and liquor would jump 50 percent. The city hopes to bring in an additional 13 million dollars.

* DuPage Co. likely to see flooding because of budget cutbacks

- Posted by Paul Richardson        


8 Comments
  1. - Ghost - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 9:02 am:

    In sum, we have bad schools; but thats ok because if our poorly educated kids get arrested they won’t be properly represented in court anyway.


  2. - Truthful James - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 9:18 am:

    The Cellini fraud at the Springfield Ramada, now shown by the profitable operation by the Receiver, is a blot upon the escutcheon of St. Jim Edgar.


  3. - Cassandra - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 9:20 am:

    If Cook County is representative, the Juvenile Court systems across the state may well not be doing a very good job of ensuring advocacy for juvenile alleged offenders, or for parents accused of maltreating their children for that matter. Both the child abuse/neglect arm and the juvenile justice arm of Cook County’s juvenile court serve to funnel thousands of mostly African American kids into foster homes and juvenile jails. The disproportionality of the foster care and juvenile jail populations in themselves should be sounding an alarm. But there have been few complaints from the African American community whose kids are most likely to be affected by these dysfunctional and very expensive systems.

    And it’s not like these are great places for kids to remake their lives. For decades, children were routinely mistreated at Cook County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, formerly known as the
    Audy Home, right under the noses of the Democratic
    powers like Daley, Stroger, etc. Lawsuits were filed and resisted mightily. Lately, we’ve heard there are more reforms.Taxpayers should be skeptical.

    So, what’s up. Or rather, cui bono? It’s all about the money, I suspect. Both the state-run child welfare system (DCFS) and the juvenile justice system provide thousands of patronage jobs for people who probably would have extreme difficulty earning the same compensation elsewhere. And those hundreds of millions in contracts for appropriately connected providers certainly provide an incentive for even
    child welfare advocates to keep their mouths shut.
    And for our feckless legislators, contracts equal contributions to the “campaign” coffers after all.

    With all those jobs and all that money at stake, the kids don[t have a chance.


  4. - Healthcare Worker - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 10:22 am:

    Not bad schools.

    My son is a Junior in High School. They where INSTRUCTED to only concentrate on the material for the first day of the Prairie test, and that the second day of testing was “not that important”.

    About 1/3 of his group did not even bother with the second day of testing.

    According to the Principal, this is “no big deal”.

    Do, not bad schools, bad school administration/boards!


  5. - Atticus - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 12:14 pm:

    I have to comment that if where Healthcare Worker’s son goes to school is anything like Springfield dist 186, the board probably doesn’t even know what the administrators are doing. Heck, the superintendent probably doesn’t even know!


  6. - Ferris - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 12:34 pm:

    Save Magalis!


  7. - One_Mcmad - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 2:05 pm:

    * More ‘quality hiring’ by county

    Stroger can fill about 500 jobs at will, and spokesman Ibis Antongiorgi said he’s left dozens vacant and can fire anyone from those jobs at any time. He did that this month when the Sun-Times revealed he had hired Patty Young, girlfriend to his ally, Commissioner William Beavers. Stroger called that hiring “a red herring” that didn’t reflect actual hiring patterns.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HIRING FREEZE IN COOK COUNTY? IF STROGER IS ATTEMPTING TO RAISE TAXES TO BALANCE NEXT YEARS BUDGET, WHY IS HE HIRING INSTEAD OF “STREAMLINING” COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

    NONE OF THIS MAKES ANY SENSE!


  8. - Disgusted - Wednesday, Oct 31, 07 @ 11:14 pm:

    Regarding the former Renaissance Hotel in Springfield, the managing of this property is how the rich get richer - call it a loser, take the tax breaks and not pay your mortgage. Bill Clinton is not the only politico that should have the moniker “Slick” in front of his name.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Then and now
* Like deja vu all over again
* Kirk to campaign for Oberweis afterall
* Today's numbers
* Morning Shorts
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices
        * Important information about AC-300 charger for the Lumia 2520 in select European countries
        * Name Mangler review: The file renamer for Mac power users
        * Double jeopardy
        * 7 Mobile Trivia Games to Challenge Your Brain
        * 33 great tips and tricks for iOS 7
        * Eyefi Launches Wi-Fi Memory Cards Into the Cloud

        * What's the Best Text Editor?
        * Extreme Hotel Deals Gets You Great Rooms at Deep Discounts
        * The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Indefinitely Delayed And Possibly Cancelled For The Xbox One
        * Tonino Lamborghini Unveils Trio Of In-Ear Headphones
        * Sony Originally Pitched The Idea Of Titanfall For The PS Vita
        * David Fincher May Not Direct Steve Jobs Movie
        * Ironically, Anonymous App Secret Is Hatching IRL Meetups

        * Three questions after a four-reliever inning
        * Despite taking loss, Garcia savors pitching experience
        * Sale, Lester set for marquee matchup in finale
        * Bullpen springs late leak in White Sox loss
        * Alexei homers to push hitting streak to 15 games
        * Red Sox 6, White Sox 4 (14 innings): Leury Garcia pitched
        * Bullpen springs late leak in White Sox loss


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Odds may finally favor a Chicago casino — if Ma.....
        * Video gaming numbers released, gambling discuss.....
        * Sneed: N’DIGO mag chief backing Rauner says, ‘I.....
        * Durbin banks more than $6M for 2014 Senate bid..
        * Southeast Chicago residents take petcoke fight .....
        * Democrats say data show schools suffer if tax r.....
        * Extra Extra: Lake Shore Drive Re-Opened After S.....


        * Hearing set in lawsuit filed against Rutherford
        * Ill. lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library
        * Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced
        * Kirk promotes stroke research funding, treatments
        * Chicago casino plan draws more support at hearing
        * New warden named for Menard prison
        * Illinois-Chicago, faculty union reach agreement
        * ComEd seeks rate hike to help pay for Smart Grid
        * Durbin banks more than $6M for 2014 Senate bid
        * Lake Shore Drive reopened after suspicious package

        * Bernard Schoenburg: Battle on for GOP state party post
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Scherer got more than $90,000 from Madigan in primary
        * Report: Big cuts to state aid for schools if tax expires
        * Report: Big cuts to state aid for schools if income tax increase expires
        * Simon: Illinois farmers markets should accept LINK
        * Strip club tax brings in much less than expected
        * Lt. Gov. Simon to raise sex assault awareness
        * Legislative hearing on Chicago casino begins
        * Chicago casino plan draws more support at legislative hearing
        * Quinn promotes autism awareness at Brookfield Zoo

        * Recharge your iPhone without batteries or a power cord
        * Northwestern's finances improve on addition of faculty docs
        * 'Business model' Linal Harris: Trendy, conservative and sophisticated
        * No need for psych beds at Holy Cross Hospital: state report
        * 10 Things to do this weekend


        * 500-plus drivers sign up for pay-by-phone parking option in West Loop
        * Palos Heights man shot, casino winnings stolen in home invasion
        * Gunfire location sensor data show residents fail to call 911
        * Judge Harris spends $1M for appeals court bid — 5 times the salary
        * Convicted ex-cop Mandell to judge: I ‘never ever bothered anyone’
        * Man who molested, photographed 11 kids gets 50 years in prison
        * Metra clout cards include who’s who of pols as job references
        * Feds: Rep. Derrick Smith admits to FBI he screwed up over bribe
        * Man held without bail for alleged sexual assault in Boystown
        * Officials nix proposed rule barring medical pot users from getting gun ID cards


        * Attempted kidnapping reported in North Mayfair neighborhood
        * Truck driver questioned in fatal Whiting hit-and-run
        * Police: Two kids taken by mother
        * Northwest Indiana mayor, family members indicted
        * Hawks fans gobbling up tickets for St. Louis game
        * Medical marijuana entrepreneurs decry fees
        * 14-year-old shot on Far South Side
        * Union: Northwestern's position in student labor case 'castle built on sand'
        * Clout worked for some job-seekers, not all at Metra
        * Naperville trucking company wins ruling to return to road


        * State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization
        * Charter Schools: The Fix Ailing Districts Need?
        * Plan Threatens Proposed Downstate Casinos
        * Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas
        * How Much Would Your School District Lose?
        * Illinois Senate Joins Push For U.S. Constitutional Convention
        * Study: Pre-K Education Provides For Economic Growth
        * The Vanishing Millionaire Tax
        * City Approves More Video Gaming Despite Upcoming Ordinance
        * Rutherford: Dismiss Sexual Harassment Lawsuit


        * Bernard Schoenburg: Scherer got more than $90,000 from Madigan in primary
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Scherer got more than $90,000 from Madigan in primary
        * Tom Bertrand: Poverty grants contribute to inequality among Illinois schools
        * Report: Big cuts to state aid for schools if income tax increase expires
        * Comptroller Topinka reports $125K in income
        * Addiction experts: Illinois budget cuts could hurt drug treatment
        * Legislative hearing on Chicago casino begins
        * Strip club tax brings in much less than expected
        * Their view: Remembrance in the cruelest month
        * 2015 tax rates still far from settled


        * Daily Digest
        * Top of the Morning, April 17, 2014
        * Band directors to start local initiative
        * Muscatine teen faces felony arson charges
        * Probe into Krieger's outbreak continues
        * Job fair helps RI Arsenal workers look to future
        * Warmer days ahead for Q-C
        * Kirk will campaign for Oberweis in Senate race
        * Don't miss this
        * ICE arrests 24 in Missouri, Illinois


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Rahm, Danny Davis Cheer Expansion of Ex-Of...
        * Rahm, Danny Davis Cheer Expansion of Ex-Of...
        * Lewis lauds Dirksen's role in civil rights...
        * Schock opponent Darrel Miller speaks to te...
        * Congressman Wants IRS Official Prosecuted ...
        * Representative Aaron Schock on Tax Reform ...
        * Schock: IRS official should be prosecuted ...
        * Aaron Schock selfies from the audience at ...
        * Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® A...
        * Schock Praises Illinois Counties for Top N...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * The Weekend Desk Report
        * Who Is The Best Tree Climber In Illinois?
        * Jon Stewart vs. The NCAA
        * Local TV Notes: Sharks, Anchors & Mind Games
        * What do REALTORS® need to know about hydraulic fracturing?
        * Aurora REALTORS® host weekend Homeownership Expo
        * Get Involved! Serve on the IAR Board of Directors
        * Morning Minute: Illinois REALTORS® make progress on Murphysboro Habitat build
        * REALTORS® join Quinn in promoting Welcome Home Illinois
        * Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: Last Chance for Broker Post License!


        * Governor Quinn Releases First-Ever Illinois Bike Transportation Plan - Plan Formally Makes Bicycles Part of Illinois’ Long-Range Transportation Vision
        * IEMA, American Lung Association Announce Winners in Student Video, Poster Contests - Winning entries unveiled during IEMA’s 11th Annual Radon Networking Day
        * Governor Quinn to Address Small Business Advocacy Council Annual Meeting - Will Discuss His Proposals to Drive Small Business Development and Expansion
        * Governor Quinn Honors Jackie Robinson - Barrier-Breaking Baseball Player Was American Icon
        * Governor Quinn Urges Homebuyers to Act Fast and Take Advantage of Welcome Home Illinois Program - Program Offers First-Time Homebuyers Down-Payment Assistance and a 3.75 Percent Interest Rate on a 30-Year Fixed Mortgage




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller