New law increases transparency, creates salary restrictions for transit employees

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Illinois, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

CTA

BY BRADY CREMEENS – Special to Watchdog.org
CHICAGO – Illinois residents will now have easy access to online information regarding mass transit employee salaries as well as safety and budget information.
Citing the benefit of increased government accountability, Gov. Quinn Friday signed a bill to reform the state’s mass transit hiring policies.
Andrew Nelms is director of policy and [...]

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Sometimes we need a break from technology

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

dial up phone

I bought a “new” phone the other day.

My 6-year-old, Anna, gave it a perplexed look.

“Where’s the buttons, Daddy?”

“There isn’t any, dear. It’s what’s called a rotary phone.”

She gave it another skeptical look and walked away.

Yes, when I dial, I actually dial.

An hour or so later when my wife got home from work she, too, gave it a bewildered look and said, “Why did you install that old thing? It doesn’t even have Caller ID. How will we know whether to answer the phone or not?”

Folks, it’s not about nostalgia.

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Term-limits group running out of options, urging Supreme Court action

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Bruce Rauner

District Appellate Court upheld the ruling of the lower Cook Co. Circuit Court that the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would limit state lawmakers to eight years in office doesn’t pass constitutional muster and therefore would not receive ballot placement this November.

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AG settlement to put $200M back into Illinois pension systems

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Lisa Madigan

BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org
CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that her office has reached a settlement agreement with Bank of America that will provide $200 million in relief for Illinois’ pension systems. This settlement, however, will have little impact on Illinois’ overall unfunded pension liabilities.
“Bank of America’s misrepresentations cost [...]

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Local governments can now consolidate if they so choose

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Good Government, Illinois, News  /  No Comments

local-government

SPRINGFIELD — A new law makes it easier for local government bodies to consolidate or eliminate themselves.

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Bad news for hopeful Illinoisans on jobs, economy

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Welcome to Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Numbers released today in a monthly report on jobs and employment by Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest Illinois is doing poorly — despite two recent announcements from Gov. Quinn’s office highlighting a drop in unemployment and expansion of jobs in the Rockford area.
Last week, Gov. Quinn announced a significant decrease in the state’s [...]

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