Jayette formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

IL: Macon County sues Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac over transfer taxes

By   /  December 12, 2012  /  WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD – Macon County is the latest Illinois county to file a lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over failing to pay real estate transfer taxes on foreclosure properties. Officials in the central Illinois county filed suit Dec. 4 in federal court in Springfield, asking a judge to […]

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IL: Expert: Cash-balance pension proposal good, but falls short

By   /  December 11, 2012  /  Illinois, Pensions  /  1 Comment

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD – A hybrid “cash-balance” pension plan proposed by a group of rank-and-file Illinois lawmakers last week is a step in the right direction, but falls short of setting the state on a course for a healthy pension system, one national expert says. It doesn’t do anything to address […]

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IL: Federal appellate court strikes down Illinois’ ban on concealed carry

By   /  December 11, 2012  /  WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog CHICAGO – Illinois lawmakers have 180 days to craft a new law that allows concealed carry of weapons, according to a federal appellate court opinion handed down this morning. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling stemmed from a case that challenged Illinois’ law against carrying concealed weapons. “We […]

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IL: Week in review – Pension reform hangs over lawmakers’ heads

By   /  December 7, 2012  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers wrapped up their fall veto session Thursday, failing to make headway on comprehensive pension reform. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of rank-and-file lawmakers unveiled a new reform proposal that could come up for a vote during the January “lame-duck” session. Lawmakers unveil new pension-reform plan Two […]

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IL: Borrowing for old bills an ‘aah’ sure to be an ‘ugh,’ treasurer says

By   /  December 6, 2012  /  Illinois, News  /  1 Comment

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD — It’s really enough to make your head spin. A proposal in the state legislature to borrow $4 billion to pay down the state’s backlog of bills could mean a double-whammy for Illinoisans who ponied up to pay off old bills as part of a 67-percent “temporary” personal […]

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IL: Contender for Jackson Jr.’s seat arrested for having gun at airport

By   /  December 5, 2012  /  WatchBlog  /  No Comments

State Sen. Donne Trotter was arrested Wednesday morning at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after authorities found an unloaded handgun and bullets in his luggage. Trotter, 62, who is a contender for the Congressional seat of ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., told police he worked late Tuesday night at his job as a security officer and […]

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