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4:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Freeport, Elgin landmarks make state's 'endangered' list

Freeport City Hall
Landmarks Illinois

Two northern Illinois structures have made the Landmarks Illinois 2012 list of Ten Most Endangered Places. They are the Freeport City Hall in Freeport and the Fox River Country Day School in Elgin.

The list, now in its 18th year, calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship and/or creative reuse plans. The economic downturn, public deficits and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois.

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Government
7:32 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Electric vehicle charging stations: Good government investment?

An emerging car market presents governmental bodies with the potential need to provide the necessary infrastructure.  But, is there enough demand yet for public investment of charging stations? 

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Government
1:06 am
Tue April 24, 2012

NIU fraud expert: what to watch for in the workplace

NIU Professor David Sinason
  • ... plus a link on the benefits of hindsight

It’s been a week since Dixon’s comptroller was arrested and charged with misappropriating 3.2 million dollars from the city since last fall. A federal complaint also accuses Rita Crundwell of stealing more than 30-million since 2006. One Northern Illinois University accountancy professor says there’s a lot the city could have done to prevent the alleged theft. 

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Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Dixon comptroller fired

The City of Dixon has fired its comptroller. City Council members voted unanimously today to fire Rita Crundwell, retroactive to the day she was arrested on federal wire fraud charges.

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Government
10:41 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Issues around Illinois - Apr. 23

  • MetLife settles questionable practice investigation
  • A new way to train for alcohol awareness
  • Why aren't day-care facilities being inspected?
  • Moving forward on passenger rail service
  • Will expressway finally live up to its name?
  • How can regional agencies improve transportation funding?
  • What's happening to Illinois influence in Congress?

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Government
7:40 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Dixon reacts to comptroller arrest, media attention

The city of Dixon garnered the world’s attention this week with the arrest of the city’s comptroller. Rita Crundwell was charged in federal court with wire fraud, related to more than 3 million dollars missing from the city’s coffers since last Fall. Federal investigators also accuse her of embezzling more than 30-million dollars from the city over the past six years. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has been following the story all week. She spoke with Jenna Dooley about the case and what she learned about the 58-year-old Dixon native while talking to people who know her.

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Government
7:16 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Doctors, GOP don't like Governor's proposed Medicaid cuts

Republican lawmakers have criticized parts of Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close a $2.7 billion gap in Illinois' Medicaid program, which includes a $1 per pack increase in Illinois’ cigarette tax. 

And doctors say Quinn's proposed cuts to reimbursement rates for medical services would be devastating.  Laura Shea, president of the Sangamon County Medical Society, says doctors already get less money from the state for treating public aid patients than they do for patients with private insurance.

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Developing
11:07 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Other happenings in Illinois …

What did Gov. Pat Quinn propose to do about Medicaid?

How did home sales perform in March?

Where does Illinois rank in creating clean jobs?

Why is Sheila Simon looking for volunteers?

All that -- plus links to more information -- follows ...

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Government
5:33 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Illinois House Approves Constitutional Amendment

 

A proposed constitutional amendment on pension laws continues to advance in the Illinois legislature. 

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Developing
2:56 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Dixon Mayor's statement on financial scandal

Dixon Mayor James Burke
www.discoverdixon.org

Dixon Mayor James Burke held a news conference Wednesday morning in Dixon, Ill., to address several issues regarding the arrest of City Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell on a federal charge of misappropriating $3.2 million in city funds.

Burke thanked the FBI for its efforts and ann0unced that Crundwell is suspended without pay pending resolution of the charges against her. He said he "literally became sick to my stomach" while meeting with agents on the case.

The mayor declined to answer any questions from reporters in attendance, including WNIJ's Susan Stephens. Here is the text of Mayor Burke's statement:

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