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Thursday, May 31, 2012

* Plan could lift campaign caps if super PACs enter fray

* House lifts limits on some campaign contributions

* Springfield Rolls Back Campaign Donation Caps When Super PACs Are Involved

* House votes to outsource workers’ compensation administration

* State House passes bill banning new landfills in Cook County

* Cook County landfill ban bill heads to governor

* In interview, Rezko says he was convicted of the wrong crimes

* Tony Rezko says Blagojevich knew about pay-to-play for state posts

* Rezko: Blago aware of payments for posts

* Editorial: Mickey and the boys learn better manners

* Legislation limits special 
prosecutors

* Editorial: Bad bill would erode privacy rights: But current law already allows officers to wear listening devices without prior approval from a judge for this narrow purpose — so that a cop in danger can utter a “safe word” that says to his fellow officers “come and get me.” Where House Bill 4081 goes off the rails is in allowing the information gathered by such recordings, though approved only by a state’s attorney, to be used as evidence at trial.

* Quinn allowed to withhold info on Tamms inmates

* Online Powerball bill heads to Quinn

* Judge: I’ll hold Beavers’ trial by year’s end

* Charges dropped against judicial candidate charged with stealing campaign signs

* Bernard Schoenburg: Schock’s largess in 16th raises ‘smoke’

* 17th CD polling shows Schilling ahead by 16 points

* VIDEO: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.discusses problems with the F-22 Raptor

* Roskam gives democracy lesson to third-graders

* Emanuel presses for cuts in manpower, pay from firefighters

* CTA says new savings will avert fare hike, service cuts

* Fare hike dodged; CTA closes budget gap

* CTA offers naming rights to 11 stations

* Commuter agencies fire back at RTA over claims of waste, duplication

* Evanston aldermen considering methods for dissolving township

* Death, Taxes, & Parking Meters

* Two veteran state park chiefs retiring

* New private Ill. nature preserve opening

* Metro East Police Commission Could Become A Reality

* Will Quinn sign off on new legislation to aid metro-east police?

* U. of I. president skipping many of his final duties

* 31 percent of Q1 Ill. home sales were foreclosures

- Posted by Owen Irwin        


1 Comment
  1. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:09 am:

    That U of I president story burns me up.

    I hate the way that the state has decimated higher education funding support in the last 10 years and I have said so many times in commenting on this blog and I even helped out U of I with their alumni outreach letters to legislators when prompted by e-mail on occasion, but when a jerk like Hogan sets himself up to have an official resignation 3 months after he really quits working just to collect an extra $200,000 for his hurt feelings or to have a “more graceful exit” as one of the faculty who got him fired put it, and where expecting him to not get that extra $200,000 in compensation would just be too punitive for the delicate academic sensibilities of another professor, then I really can’t blame the legislators from ending the flow of money to my alma mater.

    And on top of that this guy is getting an extra one-year sabbatical pay of $285,000? So all told this guy is walking away with $485,000 for doing NOTHING.

    That’s fall semester tuition for EIGHTY-TWO incoming U of I freshman plus a little more money going to one guy to soothe his bruised ego and hurt feelings over getting canned. How insane is that?


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