* DCFS to review support program
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Tuesday named an independent consultant to review the agency’s program for providing services to needy families who are not in the child welfare system, according to DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe.
* Sun-Times: Better plan needed to stop carp
* SouthtownStar: Tollway lease needs a look
* Tim Martin’s return
Sources who should know say that former Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Tim Martin is being pushed to become the new executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority.
The push is coming from Mayor Richard M. Daley, for whom Mr. Martin worked in the Chicago Department of Education and at Chicago Public Schools before becoming Rod Blagojevich’s transportation director.
It by no means is certain that Republicans on the RTA board are willing to sign onto this one. But we’ll see.
* Home sales have soared with federal incentive, but what happens after Friday?
Prices in the Chicago area fell 3 percent in February from a year earlier, but that was a major improvement from February 2009, when the annual decline was 17.6 percent.
That followed the Illinois Association of Realtors report that Chicago area home sales surged 37 percent the first three months of this year compared to a year ago.
* Homicide rate jumps in Chicago, Daley pushes for more gun control
Last month, Daley pressed the state legislature to pass a package that, among other things, would strengthen penalties for unlawful gun sales and ownership and require semiautomatic weapons to be stamped with more sophisticated tracking technology. The package is still pending.
Daley is also asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004.
* Daley Going Global With Anti-Gun Campaign
* WLS-Ch.7 drops anchor Kevin Roy
* Newspaper circulation drops again
* Bad Business News for Chicago Papers
* [Quad City] Times circulation beats industry trend
* City renters could get security deposits back in foreclosures
* Madigan leads sweep at South Side nursing home
The raid on Presidential Pavilion, 8001 S. Western Ave., was the latest in a series of unannounced visits as Madigan and her staff conduct broad safety checks at facilities that house high numbers of felons.
Madigan arrived at the block-square building shortly before 10 a.m. with almost 30 police and state officials. She went from room to room talking to residents and staff about conditions.
* State moves to pull nursing home’s license
* Key vote awaits DuPage Water Commission
Cronin and Ramey both said Tuesday afternoon that a backlash from suburban mayors, however, prompted a proposed comprise. Ramey now is rallying support for an amendment that would allow mayors and township presidents to retain appointment power for six of the board’s 13 members.
* Homer Glen village manager resigns
* Oak Forest aldermen go with separate building department
* Elk Grove OKs a leaner budget
* U of I Extension director says reorganization plan near
For Extension, the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2011, is going to be full of transition year: Multicounty units become effective July 1, 2011. Mailand believes core programs, like locally run 4-H and the master gardeners, won’t expand and will stay local.
* LeRoy alderman worried about revenue streams drying up
* Obama Visits the Heartland
Kirk’s Democratic opponent, Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, will be there when President Obama makes remarks tomorrow in Quincy, Illinois.
* Obama visits Iowa to start Midwest tour
* Long lines don’t deter people from snagging Obama tickets
* Quincy Tea Party plans ‘peaceful’ rally Wednesday outside civic center
* Energy, agriculture, Wall Street reforms to be focus of Obama’s White House to Main Street tour
* Security detail for Obama visit much more prevalent than when Clinton visited in 2000