* Attorney who defended county is new watchdog
The way attorney Michael Shakman sees it, picking Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Blanchard to be the watchdog over county political hiring and other illegal activity “makes a joke out of the concept of independent oversight.”
* Questions raised over new Cook County inspector general
* New inspector general, borrowing on tap at Cook County Board meeting
* County ‘watchdogs’ vote to incur costs with Inspector General vote
* GOP ‘politician’ vs. Dem ‘insider’
* Candidates Trade Barbs in Race for Cook County State’s Attorney
* State’s Attorney Candidates Debate Over Corruption
* State’s attorney’s candidates drop the gloves in debate
* Prosecutor candidates debate patronage, budget cuts
* Stroger to call for suspension of foreclosures
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger plans to show he’s sticking up for his financially struggling constituents today by proposing a one-year statewide moratorium on home foreclosures and a halt to county business with “unfair lenders.”
* National Dems fire up Illinois races
* EJ&E study blasted as ‘inadequate’
* Ozinga to soften stance on EJ&E sale
* GOP Press release: Debbie’s Double-Talk - Ethics Reform #2
* Lawmaker: Ameren doesn’t deserve rate hike
“I believe the request should be zero,” Bradley told the commission.
Bradley also urged the commission to disregard a recommendation from three administrative law judges who for months have been reviewing the cases filed by the three Ameren Illinois companies.
* Anger, anxiety linger for flood victims
* Lake Michigan water safe after flood, officials say
* Reinforcing our resolve for flood control
It goes without saying that Gov. Blagojevich and the Illinois legislature absolutely must act on a bill to update and maintain our infrastructure - including the bridges that withstood the full force of the raging rivers this weekend and the dams and levees that held back a greater deluge.
* German firm to revive FutureGen project
The so-called FutureGen project will resume “after the change in government,” E.ON Management Board Chairman Johannes Teyssen said today at the Financial Times/World Energy Council Energy Leaders Summit in London. E.ON is a member of FutureGen Industrial Alliance Inc., which was working with the U.S. Energy Department on a plant to capture and bury carbon dioxide.
* ‘State of the University Address,’ ISU President Al Bowman
* Goldman: SIUC wants 2,000 more students by 2011