A former high-level aide to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has revealed that Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) told the then governor he was right for signing HB 40 in September 2017, the law requiring Medicaid funding of abortions. At a separate meeting, Brady also recommended that the governor sign gun control bills should they reach his desk.
It remains unclear if programs to entice prospective homeowners into buying refurbished, formerly abandoned homes in Dolton and nearby Markham have achieved their stated goals of reducing blight and revitalizing the tax bases of the economically distressed South Suburban communities.
The mystery over the Invest in Dolton program deepens with the village’s acknowledgment that it has no records of who bought property under the 2-year-old program to refurbish vacant homes in the economically distressed village.
The Village of Dolton is in violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for not responding to a request from South Cook News for information about its 2-year-old Invest in Dolton program. The village has been warned that legal action is imminent to force it to comply with the law.
Pension eligibility for the mayor of Orland Park, an issue seemingly resolved back in May, has returned and is again pitting Mayor Keith Pekau against Trustee Jim Dodge in a battle that is at times over the facts of the law covering municipal pensions, and at times personal.
Residents of Homewood will miss out on more than $1.5 million in additional tax revenues as well as potentially shelling out a few million in legal fees in a dispute over the proposed redevelopment of the failing Calumet Country Club, according to the CEO of a real estate group that has the course under contract.
House Speaker Michael Madigan used his absolute power over the legislative process to move legislation to the floor on Friday that exchanges Illinois’ constitutionally mandated flat income tax with a progressive tax.
Monday’s vote to eliminate pensions for part-time elected officials in Orland Park intensified a simmering feud between reformist Mayor Keith Pekau and some old-time board members, most notably Trustee Jim Dodge.
Planned Parenthood’s recent shots at a new pregnancy counseling center, Aid for Women, in Flossmoor shows “how radical” the abortion provider has become, former State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard), one of Illinois’ leading pro-life advocates, told South Cook News.
A candidate for village trustee, Kelly O’Brien, is running on a ticket with two other trustee candidates close to the former mayor, and she is almost certainly in violation of the residency requirement of the state’s election code.
Illinois pro-life leaders spoke in Flossmoor yesterday at the ribbon cutting and open house of an Aid for Women pregnancy center located on Governors Highway next door to a Planned Parenthood (PP) abortion clinic that opened in January 2018.
Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau was the lone dissenter on a 6-1 vote by the village board to extend manager Joe LaMargo’s three-year contract for a year and increase his severance from six months to nine.
A proposed change in the bylaws of the Cook County Republican Party that would have allowed Democrats to serve as Republican ward committeemen fizzled at a meeting of party officials July 25 and county Republicans lacked a quorum necessary for a vote after nearly 30 committeemen boycotted the meeting.
Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison (R-17th) demonstrated such poor judgment in requesting a judge allow an employee of his security firm, awaiting trial for the indecent solicitation of a child, to travel out of state that he should resign his Republican leadership posts, State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) told South Cook News.