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Friday, Jul 28, 2006

· The I-Team investigates *999, a state-funded emergency call service that critics call confusing, dangerous and a waste of tax dollars.

· Editorial: State must protect patients from felons in nursing homes - Agency has not looked into a single case

· Chicago Federation of Labor President Dennis Gannon threatens “World War III” if Daley vetoes big box ordinance.

· Downtown march to demand better teachers

· Gas prices arise in gubernatorial race

· “Neither Gov. Rod Blagojevich nor his challenger, Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, responded directly to a candidate survey from an anti-gambling group. Instead, both sent letters about their positions on gambling to Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems. ‘They (the letters) are very vague and leave a lot of wiggle room,’ said ILCAAAP Executive Director Anita Bedell.” Read the governor’s letter here, Topinka’s letter here.

· “Nobody in an oversight position at the Illinois tollway or the governor’s office knew about plans to spend nearly a half-million dollars on the big blue signs that advertise Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s name to thousands of motorists a day on Chicago-area toll roads, the toll authority’s chairman says.”

· Ameren debt ratings downgraded - ‘Political and regulatory environment’ in Illinois played into decision

· Blagojevich grants clemency to dying woman

· Officials feud over agency merger

· “llinois Central College will join other community colleges in a lawsuit against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan over her interpretation of a state ethics law.”

· Editorial: Failed festival blows the whistle on budget deals

· The governor’s pet ferret

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  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 7:05 am:

    Did a little survey on Gasbuddy the other day. First in high prices was NYC, second LA, third SPRINGFIELD, IL!!!!! Did 12 samples covering various parts of the county, using largest and medium sized cities. But then we Springfieldites knew it all the time. Time for hybrids.

  2. - Robbie - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 7:54 am:

    Happy to see the link about ICC joining the fight against Lisa Madigan. I know its not a big issue for 99% of the state, but as a community college employee, it has really ruffled a lot of feathers of people I know.

  3. - Levois - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 8:48 am:

    Hmm let there be WW3 with the unions. Perhaps they’ll hurt themselves in the process.

  4. - Burton's Hurtin for Certain - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 9:24 am:

    One would think as a former employee of the City Colleges of Chicago and a highly qualified dean of a community college (Madigan was chosen as an assistant dean at Wilbur Wright College despite having only a baccalaureate degree to her credit) while attending the Loyola University Law School (how did she find time to work full-time and attend law school as a full-time student almost simultaneously? when did she sleep?) that Lisa Murray Madigan should be the authority on all subjects related to Illinois community colleges.

  5. - fedup dem - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 10:00 am:

    I was just wondering if CFL President Gannon will be willing to pay the city’s hefty legal bill for a losing defense of the “Big Box” ordinance in court, should Mayor Daley decide not to veto the measure. The millions the city may end up spending on attorneys in what may be a fruitless effort to keep the ordinance from being tossed out in court could be better used on pay increases for the city’s unionized workers.

  6. - Dan - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 11:32 am:

    Thanks for the link Rich. I already received a comment that I know couldn’t have come from a regular reader.


  7. - The Wonderboy - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 1:35 pm:

    Does anyone else think that Meeks should be careful about bashing the teachers too much? I for one have a lot of respect for teachers who are willing to work in underfunded districts where the conditions are, well, let’s just say less than ideal. Meeks blames these teachers for the problems? Wow…way to blame those who are trying to change things.

  8. - BKSTREETS - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 1:51 pm:

    Anyone else see the video of Meeks at his Church calling white politicians worse than slave owners and calling black Congressman something that cant even be mentioned on this site?

  9. - BBishere2 - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 2:16 pm:

    Who pays the community college staff and teachers? Is it the state or local governments?
    I’d think that would determine whose employees they were. Don’t want to forget the federal funding - does that come from Uncle Sam direct or does it come through an agency/local government?
    Maybe the teachers are concerned that their tenured status won’t cover those who really have no business trying to be an educator. There are those out there that can not communicate sufficiently enough to instruct others. Those people should not be in the “teaching” profession, nor should they be protected by “tenure” - something that the tax-payers should have never allowed to happen in the first place.

  10. - Gregor - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 3:08 pm:

    “Nobody in an oversight position at the Illinois tollway or the governor’s office knew about plans to spend nearly a half-million dollars on the big blue signs that advertise Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s name to thousands of motorists a day on Chicago-area toll roads, the toll authority’s chairman says.”

    Well, who is it that signs off on removing the signs, then?

    And since the majority of the open toll gates have not been put up yet, this is a great opportunity for the Governor to show some verility and have the remaining signs put up without his name on them.

  11. - CrunchyCon - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 4:18 pm:

    “‘Think of the implications. You would no longer be elected officials,’ if the community colleges are considered state agencies…”

    If not elected, does this mean trustees would be appointed? By whom?

    Let’s see…39 community colleges with 7 trustess each equals 273 appointed positions

  12. - CrunchyCon - Friday, Jul 28, 06 @ 5:27 pm:

    “Moody’s cited a ‘difficult political and regulatory environment’ for electric utilities in Illinois for the ratings cuts.”

    On this hot day, voters need to read this article and ask themselves “Who is making Illinois such a ‘difficult political and regulatory environment’?”

    Near junk bond status…what is next? Bankruptcy? Rolling blackouts? Can anyone say “California”?

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