image
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

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009

* Lower Standards

An investigation by The Chicago Reporter found that Illinois is arguably the worst state in the nation for black senior citizens seeking quality nursing home care. There is just one home in Illinois rated “excellent” by the federal government when more than 50 percent of the home’s residents are black. In Illinois, these facilities get the worst federal ratings and on average have more violations than facilities where a majority of residents are white. And in Chicago, on average, these homes have more medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. People in white homes got better care than those in black homes, even if both were poor.

* State minimum wage going up a quarter

* Auto sector drives down Midwest manufacturing to lowest point in 15 years: Chicago Fed

* Streets and Sanitation commissioner replaced

Under fire for lavish snow removal spending, lax field supervision and allegations of continued personnel abuses, Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi was swept out today in a City Hall housecleaning.

Mayor Daley replaced Picardi with former Chicago Police officer-turned-Transportation Commissioner Tom Byrne, a Daley favorite summoned to City Hall in 2005 to clean up a Transportation Department hard hit by the Hired Truck and missing asphalt scandals.

* Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi replaced

* Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Ousted

* Sears tests program for jobless shoppers

Sears Holdings Corp. is planning to give customers who lose their jobs a break on appliance purchases, part of an effort to spur sales amid the economic recession.

Sears customers who spend at least $399 on its Citibank-issued credit card for appliances and related merchandise between July 6 and Aug. 1 will receive help on payments if they are out of work 60 days to a year after making the purchase.

One-twelfth of the purchase price will be credited to their accounts for every month they are unemployed. The full debt will be forgiven for customers who find themselves jobless for more than a year, and they will be able to keep the appliance.

* DOJ cautious about United Airlines alliance

* UAL bond pricing shows liquidity stress: analysts

* Daley to introduce ordinance to renew city’s set-aside program

* Daley to ask feds for money to hire cops

Mayor Richard Daley says Chicago will ask the federal government for $106 million so the police department can hire 400 officers.

The request for federal stimulus money comes at a time when hiring at the department has slowed to a crawl because of struggling economy. The number of officer vacancies has climbed to more than 400 and the union says it could climb to 800 by the end of the year.

* CHA mixed-income building has class clash

* Red-light camera loses backer

Bucking a national trend of putting in cameras to catch red-light runners, northwest suburban Schaumburg may get rid of its only red-light camera system because it doesn’t do enough to prevent accidents.

* Union doesn’t ‘look kindly on concessions’

AFSCME rep says workers willing to find other ways to save Peoria County money; health insurance funds one idea

* Metra breaks ground on station near Sox park

More than a year behind schedule, Metra broke ground today on a new station at 35th Street on the Rock Island District Line to serve White Sox fans and college students while giving neighborhood residents another mass-transit option.

The station, at 35th and Federal Streets, is expected to open in the fall of 2010, at least a full year later than what Metra officials said when they announced the project in 2008.

* Finally, a Metra station for the Cell

* Residents Debate Best Use of Land Along Chicago’s Lakefront

* IDOT to relieve some holiday traffic

Travelers hitting the roads for the Independence Day weekend are getting some traffic relief in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s suspending some construction-related lane closures. Lanes will be reopened Thursday to Sunday.

* Press release: IDOT details road construction

* $2.6 million going to 3 Ill. health centers

AURORA, Ill. - Three health centers in Illinois will share $2.6 million in federal stimulus money.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster announced Monday that the centers in Aurora, Elgin and Rock Falls would receive the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Of the money, $1,147,645 will go to the Visiting Nurse Association in Aurora, $880,000 will go to the Greater Elgin Family Care Center and $616,240 will go to the Whiteside County Health Department and Whiteside County Community Health Clinic, Inc. in Rock Falls.

- Posted by Mike Murray        


7 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 10:36 am:

    If Picardi was incompetent he should lose his job. But he must be a member in good standing of the corrupt Daley Democratic Machine, the one Chicago residents are so fond of supporting with ever higher taxes. So, Picardi gets to go back to his old job, likely at the same salary as the Commissioner job, and a lot less work. A little embarrassment and then he coasts on to a megabucks pension….again, paid for by Chicago’s tax-loving citizens.

    The wages of political corruption and incompetence in Democratic Chicago are good wages–that is,lifetime jobs, high salaries, great free benefits and lush pensions.


  2. - Will County Woman - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 11:35 am:

    i can believe and have no doubt that nursing home quality is poor for blacks in illinois. i have observed for myself how insurance network providers engage in redlining/racial steering practices.


  3. - Ill_will - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 11:39 am:

    And which free benefits are you referring to? City employees pay into their health care, and retirees pay as much as 50% of their health care costs. Plus deductions and co-pays. Pensions are good, but there is no social security for City employees based on City time.

    Not all make high salaries, whatever you mean by high. Your feelings and opinion in the first paragraph are yours to hold. Don’t mix your arguments needlessly.


  4. - Wumpus - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 12:19 pm:

    i bet the nursing home issue is more socioeconmic than anything


  5. - Ghost - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 1:20 pm:

    Franken is now officialy in the Senate/


  6. - Lee - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 1:26 pm:

    So who will be the new transportation commissioner if Byrne is headed to Streets and San?


  7. - Brian Costin - Wednesday, Jul 1, 09 @ 1:39 pm:

    Mayor Larson was completely negligent on red light cameras. He was informed 9 months ago, before the cameras were installed, that they did not provide a safety benefit. His turning off was entirely politically motivated.

    I thought you might be interested to get the full back story on the Schaumburg Red Light Camera’s.

    http://www.schaumburgfreedom.com/features/negligent-mayor-red-light-camera-evidence/

    Mayor Larson was repeatedly warned about the lack of safety benefits from red light cameras prior to installing by the Schaumburg Freedom Coalition and others. He only changed his stance once political pressure became too harsh. Feel free to contact me at the linked website if you have any questions.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Dan Brady takes himself out *** Uh-oh
* Rauner goes after some Missouri jobs, but no word yet on Indy
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Oswego will discuss Rauner "right to work" proposal tonight
* Krishnamoorthi, Noland make moves toward Duckworth seat
* Good morning!
* 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

          
        * OnePlus continues to tease the DR-1 Drone, but let’s not forget that tomorrow is April Fool’s Day
        * Microsoft Surface 3 specs
        * Get a preview of your next device with the Galaxy S6 Experience app
        * Designer exposes unreleased version of TouchWiz
        * New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch
        * Ginger Keyboard debuts in-keyboard games and news headlines
        * Microsoft launches the Surface 3 with full Windows 8.1

        * Gawker Indianapolis Star Fights Lunatic Anti-Gay Bill in Blunt Front-Page Stand | io9 Is A Kilobit 1
        * Make Salad Dressing With the Last Bit of Mayonnaise in a Jar
        * With Primary, Trend of Vertically Integrated E-Commerce Brands Comes to Kids’ Clothes
        * HP Sues Former Autonomy Execs Seeking $5 Billion in Damages
        * The Network Intelligence Movement Will Add Personal Context to the Online World
        * What Are the Best Free Things to Do in San Francisco?
        * Comcast CFO to Step Down and Run $4 Billion Investment Arm for Comcast

        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * Final roster alignment a question of flexibility
        * Noesi recovers from quick stumble; Sox fall
        * Petricka headed to disabled list
        * Rodon's immediate future to be in Minors
        * Podcast: Countdown to Opening Day

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


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

        Archives
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        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


        * The Illinois Supreme Court’s Dissent Rate (Part I)..
        * Rauner goes after some Missouri jobs, but no wo.....
        * Cenkos keen on more big deals after British Car.....
        * Oswego will discuss Rauner “right to work” prop.....
        * LaHood stumps in Bloomington, says ag is top issue..
        * Aaron Schock is gone, but will 'Downton Abbey' .....
        * Rauner commission aims to reduce prison population..


        * Ameren to clean century-old contamination at Belleville site
        * Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple
        * Krishnamoorthi says he'll run for Duckworth's US House seat
        * Illinois AG to announce statewide anti-sexual assault effort
        * Hermann sues power commissions over coal plant costs
        * Chicago man gets 40 years for trying to hire hit man
        * Ex-Carbondale pastor gets 6 years in prison on theft charges
        * Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race
        * Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race
        * Bradley University officials report malware computers breach

        * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's seat
        * Ex-deputy treasurer to run for Duckworth's seat
        * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
        * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
        * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat
        * Rauner to push for federal spy agency relocation
        * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
        * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois
        * Stripped of funding, auto theft task forces shutting down
        * Rauner looks to Kentucky right-to-work zones as labor model

        * AG Madigan: Put brakes on Peoples Gas' pipe program
        * Pay pops for CME's CEO and chairman
        * BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains
        * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
        *


          * 3 children from Illinois among 6 killed in fiery South Carolina crash
          * Mayoral candidates square off for final debate
          * Past and present Schock staff to face prosecutor in spending probe
          * Bali prosecutors seek 15-year prison term for Heather Mack
          * Dense morning fog along Lake Michigan to slow down commuters
          * Northwestern student sexually assaulted in Evanston dorm room
          * 3 hurt, including 1 firefighter, in 2 separate fires
          * Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens big lead on mayoral challenger Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia
          * Man hurt in shooting in Lake Villa
          * 1 dead, 8 wounded in separate shootings on South, West, Northwest sides


          * Unions and Garcia push for $15-an-hour minimum wage
          * The Chicago rabbit: The unofficial face of wildlife is right under your nose
          * Obamacare tax rules trip some immigrants
          * Former Rep. Aaron Schock's staff to face tough prosecutor
          * Behind CPS graduation rates, a system of musical chairs
          * Health care tax rules trip up some immigrants
          * More than 21K early votes cast in Chicago runoff election
          * Duckworth makes video announcement for 2016 Senate bid
          * Legal expert says Illinois 'got it right' when it comes to religious freedom law
          * Legal expert says Illinois 'got it right' regarding its religious freedom law


          * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's seat
          * Our Opinion: Redpath, Senor, McFarland for Springfield's wards 1, 2 and 4
          * Kathleen Parker: A leap of faith — into thin air
          * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
          * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
          * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat
          * Rauner to push for federal spy agency relocation
          * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
          * Our Opinion: Rianne Hawkins for Springfield city clerk; Misty Buscher for city treasurer
          * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois


          * Questions remain about Belleville City Council candidate
          * Carbondale man arrested for having firearm
          * We meet again, Mickey
          * Carbondale consultant is in place: Plan calls for plenty of public input
          * Champaign County Auditor John Farney 3/31/15
          * Sunny weather Tuesday, but strong storms could be coming
          * Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in her 80s, abandoning her in metro-east
          * Disabled man killed in O’Fallon house fire
          * Man killed in O’Fallon house fire
          * Jackson County Courthouse could get historic standing


          * Three groups merge to create mega local hospice organization
          * One person found shot at Lake Villa area bar
          * Fast-food labor organizers plan actions for April 15
          * AP Source: Vols agree to hire former Texas coach Rick Barnes
          * Free agent running back Stevan Ridley visiting Dolphins

          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ...
          * A Progressive Explores a Run for Congress
          * Congressman Skeptical of Iran Plan
          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ...
          * U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger warns against pen...
          * Dold doubles down on Schock money
          * US Rep. Randy Hultgren joins bipartisan gr...
          * Rep. Kinzinger Hosts Mayors Roundtable
          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ...
          * Illinois Senators Propose Changes in Disas...

          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ......
          * Harry Reid is not looking back...
          * Harry Reid: No regrets...
          * Harry Reid wouldn't 'let the bastards beat......
          * Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill in US......

          * With or Without Iran Deal, Obama Faces Fig......
          * Ex-deputy treasurer to run for Duckworth's......
          * Krishnamoorthi Launches Campaign to Replac......
          * Iran Nuclear Talks Go To The Wire With 50-......
          * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's......

          * “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
          * Parking, Camera Ticket Debt Soars To $1.5 Billion Under Emanuel
          * IAR advocates for Scott as Chicago alderman
          * REALTORS® can make their votes count on April 7
          * Is Pay-to-Play Still Legal in Chicago?
          * COD Follow-up: Pihos Now on Democrats' Literature for COD election
          * IAR offices closed April 3 for Good Friday
          * Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Chiles
          * The Antlers Of Ireland!
          * The Weekend In Chicago Rock


          * Illinois Mayors to Celebrate National Service - April 7, 2015 Designated as “Mayors Day of Recognition”
          * Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
          * Governor Announces Appointments B.R. Lane to lead Illinois Lottery; John Holden to continue leading Dept. of Aging
          * USDA Awards Grant to Illinois' JTED-SNAP Employment & Training Grant - Program helps participants find jobs and promotes business growth
          * Nominating Petitions Available For Illinois Commodity Board Seats




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