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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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Update: Comptroller fraud
3:00 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Dixon city comptroller out of jail after arrest on federal fraud charges

Entrance to Rita Crundwell's horse farm near Dixon
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Read an interesting twist on this case at www.theatlanticcities.com

DIXON — Rita A. Crundwell, the Dixon city comptroller who was arrested Tuesday on a federal charge of defrauding the City of Dixon of more than $3.2 million in public funds since last fall, was released from federal custody Wednesday. Her freedom while she awaits trial, however, rests on a number of conditions agreed upon by her attorneys, federal prosecutors, and federal magistrate P. Michael Mahoney.

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Law
1:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

N. Illinois Lawyers Prepare for Cameras

ISBA President John Locallo
WNIJ

The head of the Illinois' largest organization for lawyers says the group supports allowing cameras in courtrooms. Illinois has been one of only 14 states where cameras were limited or prohibited in trial courtrooms. The Illinois Supreme Court approved a pilot program allowing media coverage in January.  John Locallo is President of the Illinois State Bar Association.  Speaking in Freeport, he says the new policy is another step toward transparency/

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Government
6:44 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Tax Filing Deadline Approaches

Taxpayers have some extra time this year to file their state and federal tax returns. The annual April 15th deadline falls on a Sunday. The following day, Monday, April 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia. That means this year's deadline falls on Tuesday, April 17th. Officials say more people are filing online. You can file your state income tax return for free at www.tax.Illinois.gov 

Government
7:44 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Illinois' Township Governments Make Their Case

 

The performance of township governments in Illinois was on display Tuesday night.

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Government
5:18 am
Fri April 6, 2012

State Audit Finds Problems with FOID Program

Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification program has a heap of problems. That's according to an audit released this week. The state Auditor General says some of those problems put public safety at risk. The report says too often state police don't know when they grant FOID cards if the applicant has a disqualifying mental health condition. The audit also found 70% of revoked registration cards never get back to police. The Illinois State Police says the number of requests for FOID cards has steadily increased over the past few years, but its resources are limited.

Government
2:49 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Nine of Illinois' regional superintendent offices could be eliminated

 

It looks like Illinois will keep most of its regional offices of education. A commission charged with reviewing the need for the offices and the position of Regional Superintendent released its recommendation today: it proposed cutting the number of offices from 44 to 35. 

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Referenda
7:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

More than just candidates on the ballot March 20

Along with the broad array of candidates seeking their party nomination to political office, a number of other issues will be presented for voters’ decisions. The most popular issue is electrical aggregation. This issue has been supported by government officials at all levels and by business and community leaders.

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Government
5:51 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

The Governor's Budget Address

Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State Budget Address Wednesday, announcing “today, our rendezvous with reality has arrived.”

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