* Furloughed Ford workers get dibs on 1,200 new Torrence Ave. jobs
Half of 1,200 spots may be taken; new hires get $14/hr
* Collins’ Law Creates “No Wrong Door” Policy For Those Seeking Aid
* Blago the only Illinois governor without an official portrait
* Revised Blagojevich indictment expected next week
The new indictment is expected to be essentially a revision of the corruption charges the ousted former governor is facing, alleging the same misconduct.
It is being prepared in case the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a federal law Blagojevich is accused of violating - depriving Illinois taxpayers of their right to his honest services.
* Feds: Grand jury close to voting on Blagojevich reindictment
* Blagojevich lawyers return to court with complaint list
* City snuffs out 4th of July Grant Park fireworks to save money
nstead, the city will count on three simultaneous July 4 lakefront fireworks displays to satisfy spectators’ desire for a light show. One will be held at Navy Pier, another at a yet-to-be-disclosed South Side lakefront spot and the third along the north lakefront.
* City Replaces July 3 Fireworks With Smaller Shows
* Chicago canceling July 3 fireworks at Taste
The Navy Pier show will be paid for by the McPier Authority. The city will bankroll the north and south lakefront shows, tentatively planned for Montrose and 63rd Street beaches.
* July 3rd fireworks fizzle for 2010
The fireworks show, which ends a three-decades-plus run, joins the South Side Irish Parade, Venetian Night and the Outdoor Film Festival as major community events that have gone by the wayside in the last year, victims of budget woes or public safety concerns.
* Dumping Fourth of July fireworks makes no sense
Yes, it costs some money to do this stuff — reportedly up to $1 million for the fireworks. But those fireworks draw at least a million people downtown, and they spend far more than that on food, transportation, parking and the like
* Daley says CTA service cuts preferable to fare increases
The mayor said he doesn’t believe anything can be done to stop 1,100 layoffs and less frequent buses on 119 routes and trains on seven lines.
“No, because you have — they’ve done everything possible to go to Springfield and tell them the importance,” Daley said.
* No stopping CTA cuts, Daley says
If unions don’t OK deal, service cuts will start Feb. 7
* Daley claims strides in cleaning up hiring, but critics voice doubts
Since FBI agents raided City Hall in April 2005 and uncovered a massive hiring-fraud scheme anchored in the mayor’s office, Daley has promised reform. The city since August 2005 has paid more than $6.2 million to lawyers and consultants, including $4.2 million to the court monitor, to clean up its hiring….
The court monitor and investigators have alleged in a string of reports since last summer that a handful of politically connected truck drivers received “disproportionate amounts” of overtime, that the city has been reluctant to discipline workers who violate hiring rules, and that more than one top Daley aide has deliberately misled investigators looking into hiring abuses.
* Daley ethics aide accuses Chicago’s inspector general of unfairly attacking him
Anthony Boswell, head of the mayor’s Office of Compliance, hired a private lawyer to challenge an inspector general report urging Daley to suspend Boswell and a top deputy for allegedly mishandling a sexual harassment complaint.
* More Homeowners Not Paying Fair Share Of Taxes
* Unfiltered: Chicago Board of Education Monthly Meeting, January 27, 2010
* Walgreen wants to sell beer, wine at some Chicago stores
* Durbin Asks Congress for $20 Million to Fight Asian Carp
* Biggert hopeful after carp summit in D.C.
* Deadly VHS fish virus found in Lake Superior
* Northwestern campus search fails to turn up reported gunman
* U. of I. faces 2nd Tribune lawsuit
Newspaper seeks information that it believes could explain why U. of I. applicants were placed on admissions clout lists, the federal suit says
* State financial irresponsibility forcing UI’s hand on tuition
* Fatal accident prompts ISU to inspect 16 buildings
Illinois State University is inspecting 16 buildings for problems after part of a column on one campus structure collapsed and killed a man on Christmas.
* Illinois Wind Power Kept Blowing In 2009
Illinois Wind Energy Association (IWEA) director Kevin Borgia tells us that AWEA may have low-balled the numbers in estimating that the Prairie State is now churning out 1,547 megawatts of wind power. By his count, Illinois produces roughly 1,800 megawatts, which would bump the Prairie State’s production ranking up two spots in the AWEA ranking.
* Keller Gifted Magnet parents object to moving school out of Mount Greenwood
Parents of Keller Gifted Magnet students Wednesday blasted a proposal to kick the second-highest-scoring elementary school in the state out of its Mount Greenwood home to solve overcrowding at a neighborhood school.
…Huberman insisted Keller would not be relocated this fall, and its parents would be included in discussions on overcrowding solutions.
* Betty in Chicago Scoopsville . . .
Sneed hears former Cicero President Betty Loren-Maltese, who has been living in a Las Vegas, Nev., halfway house since being released from federal prison last August, is now being transferred back to Chicago.
* Some Midlothian residents still on fence about home rule
* Lisle HR director charged with retail theft
* Deerfield moving ahead with ComEd outages lawsuit
* Boone County [Courthouse] renovation expected to end under budget
* Police civilians, public works employees make up most [Springfield] layoffs
* Our Opinion: [Springfield] should avoid ‘easiest fix’ for budget
* Union County, Anna seeking more tax money
* Wood River Democrat leaving IDOT job to be Madison County recorder
* Cahokia mayor insists he didn’t shove village employee
* O’Fallon struggling with dwindling revenue, rising costs
* Knox County ready to tap landfill funds
County officials are worried that the state will not be able to meet funding commitments and asked that the plan be put in place to make sure the county can cover its expenses.
* Carbondale Pig Out canceled after 13 years