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Quinn Wed May 26 2010

Quinn Vetos, the Illinois House Revises the McCormick Place Legislation

Gov. Quinn finally did put pen to paper on the McCormick Place overhaul legislation--but only to veto parts of it. In a move seen by many as politically driven, Quinn issued an amendatory veto striking down a tax increase on ground transportation and criticizing the law for "ambiguous" wording. He also cited the autonomy of the trusteeship position to be created by the law as a provision that "places our taxpayers at great risk."

In response, the Senate put forth a press release emphasizing their commitment to overriding the veto and stating that Quinn's veto "has the potential to destabilize one of the most productive economic engines in the State of Illinois." The House has since passed a revised bill out of committee, having cleared up the ambiguous wording and added new provisions allowing for the removal of the trustee in certain situations. This bill is expected to be passed this afternoon, but will Quinn give it the run-around yet again?

 
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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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