State Sen. Ira Silverstein wants to ban the buying and distribution of powdered alcohol, which recently was legalized by the FDA. A separate proposal would ban the distribution of powdered caffeine to minors.
A Belleville Township trustee is among a group of local officials who want to shut down a unit of government that shares a name and exact boundaries with the southern Illinois city. Critics describe townships as plagued by waste, inefficiency and political patronage.
IDOT asked the Illinois Finance Authority, on its behalf, to ask Fitch Ratings, one of the big bond-ratings companies, to look at whether the Illiana numbers would be good enough to qualify for a TIFIA loan. Fitch was paid up to $125,000 for the financial review. The rating turned out to be negative.
"David Piccioli is not a retired teacher. He's a retired lobbyist who elbowed his way into the Teachers Retirement System by subbing in a Springfield classroom for one day and then tried to inflate that pension with help from his friends in the General Assembly."
"I see a fish and wildlife fund. OK, that had a certain amount of money in it. I see a salmon fund," Munger said during an interview. "Salmon fund? Isn't salmon a fish? Why do we have to have a separate fund for salmon?"
Federal court says the union-brought "fair share" case (based on state law) must go to a state court.
Comment: Rauner still has his own action for a declaratory judgment pending in a different Federal case, based on the U.S. Constitution. In any event, the ultimate issue is a First Amendment claim, which almost certainly will go up to the U.S. Supreme Court, whether from Illinois' litigation or some other state's, and that ruling will control.
Unlike a business that declares bankruptcy, cities would not be subject to liquidation. Rather, filing what's known as a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, they could negotiate "adjustments" to their financial obligations, including to union employees and retirees. That's what happened in Detroit.
In the House, a panel of lawmakers signed off on legislation making pumpkin pie the official state dessert. In the Senate, lawmakers OK'd a resolution designating sweet corn as the official state vegetable.
Illinois Technology Assn. announced the Internet of Things Council, made up of 16 business, academic and government leaders, with the goal of collaboration “towards driving the growth and use of internet of things technologies in Chicago and the Midwest,” the association said.
UI Labs ("universities and industries") will open CityWorks, a private R&D partnership based on Goose Island, sets up the city to be a center for urban studies, technology and innovations. Founding partners Microsoft, Accenture, ComEd and Siemens will operate a bit like angel investors.
The worst recent rate was from the unregulated supplier Ambit Energy, which could be as high as about $0.76 per therm on a variable rate. Compare that to the regulated Peoples Gas and North Shore rates of $0.37 and $0.44 per therm, respectively.
Perhaps even more significant for Chicago is the disappearance of a career path that for over 150 years allowed scrappy teenagers and former high school athletes to hustle their way to wealth, or at least excitement.
Rauner on Monday ordered a clout-heavy Chicago TV and movie studio to give back a $10 million state grant that his predecessor, Pat Quinn, had awarded to the studio’s owners to buy land that isn’t for sale.