Tuesday, January 26, 2010

FOIA Law Attacked

School Superintendents’ evaluation exempt from FOIA.  And the public was given little opportunity to weigh in.

January 11 an amendment to SB 315 suddenly surfaced in the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.  That amendment was designed to net Illinois more than $500 million in federal funding through the new "Race to the Top" program for the state's neediest schools -  but it also exempted teacher and principal performance evaluations from public disclosure

The legislation was then moved to the House floor, but not before superintendent performance evaluations could be exempted from disclosure as well.  They got there own special amendment, which never even saw committee, that was simply approved by a non-recorded voice vote on the House floor.

Governor Quinn signed the bill the same day he received it - January, 15.

Click on the following for more detailsFOIA Law Attacked

Late campaign cash floods Illinois election races

 

  State Sen. Kirk Dillard got $250,000 from the Illinois Education Assn. — an unusually large donation from a labor union to a Republican candidate

Click on the following for more details:  Late campaign cash floods Illinois election races | Greg Hinz | Crain's Chicago Business

Massive check scam nets 33 arrests in four counties

in bogus payroll checks and money orders being cashed at businesses, in many cases local Walmarts, authorities said today

Rockford residents Mentha B. Garrett, Angelica Flores-Cortes, Irma M. Martinez, Adriana Trejo, Darrell J. Cooper, Christopher D. Jensen, and Lenetra R. Williams; along with Beatrice M. Amaya of Loves Park and Wayne L. Felske Jr. of Cary.

Boone County is withholding names of six people until charged are filed.

police departments from Belvidere, East Dundee, Elgin, Rockford, the Illinois State Police/Illinois Gaming Board and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Massive check scam nets 33 arrests in four counties

Employment rate for Illinois teens plunges

 

among 16- to 19-year olds, 48 percent were employed statewide in 2000. That fell to 37 percent in 2007 and 28 percent from January to November of last year.

Click on the following for more details:  Employment rate for Illinois teens plunges :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Business

Unemployment Rate in Illinois Rises

The unemployment rate in Illinois has jumped to 11.1 percent, making it tougher for people to find work and stay hopeful.

hundreds of people pouring into the Illinois offices of Employment Security daily are experiencing. No work, no money and the fear of how to get by.

Unemployment Rate in Illinois Rises - Chicago Breaking News