* County paid Cole while he was in jail
* Stroger’s cousin could pay legal tab of troubled steakhouse busboy turned patronage worker
* U.S marshal trial: Jury convicts deputy U.S. marshal in mob-leak case
* Madigan’s office orders ISP to turn over Stratton arrest records
Turn the records over. That’s what Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office has told Acting Illinois State Police director Jonathon Monken, who has refused to release reports chronicling the drunken driving arrest of Springfield parks director Michael Stratton.
Monken on Tuesday morning told The State Journal-Register, which asked for the reports, that he believes releasing the documents might even be a crime.
But a senior aide to Madigan late in the day informed Monken via letter that the reports are public records that must be released. And in an interview, another Madigan aide characterized the state police’s position as “absurd.” Click here to see a PDF of the letter
“As you are aware, compliance with the Freedom of Information Act is critical as we work to restore the public’s confidence in state government,” wrote Michael Luke, senior assistant attorney general, in a letter to Monken.
* Chicago area transit use jumps 9% over last 5 years, RTA says
Both the number of miles of service available and the number of miles traveled by riders rose about 9 percent in those five years, the report found. The average number of annual rides taken per Chicago area resident also rose, from 69.6 in 2003 to 72.9 in 2007.
But the cost of keeping the buses and trains running rose faster than the rate of inflation, due to higher fuel, labor and health care costs. Capital funding sunk from $1.04 billion in 2007 to $345 million in 2007.
“You can see the system being stretched,” said Joe Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University.
* Traffic safety division to move to new location in Springfield
* IDOT Traffic Division Moving To Springfield Site
* Lake County casino investor sues partners
* Ethanol deal could net Knox County $200,000
* Radio ‘bloodbath’: Clear Channel cuts 3 black female DJs
* Whole Foods opening third largest store in Chicago’s Lincoln Park in May
* ComEd set to get first female president
* Lyons king: Christopher Getty, 26, follows father to lead Lyons