Thursday, August 19, 2010

Daily Herald | Bill for Blago jury? $67,463.32

Estimates about the total cost of the just concluded trial of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich range wildly from several million to $30 million

jury cost for nearly two months of trial and 14 days of deliberation. The bill? $67,463.32.

. The jurors' bill includes costs for food and travel. And it includes pay. Jurors got $40 a day the first month, then $50 after that

Daily Herald | Bill for Blago jury? $67,463.32

Retired generals disappointed over Kirk's no-show at meeting

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, was instead at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, campaign officials said

Kirk's opponent, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, was among about a dozen candidates who took part in the closed-door meetings.

Working through Human Rights First, the group of 40 retired military leaders made a name for itself during the 2008 primary as members held private meetings with candidates to discuss prisoner treatment and interrogation policies. The group claims that as a direct result of their effort, President Obama signed executive orders ending torture and secret prisons and promising to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Daily Herald | Retired generals disappointed over Kirk's no-show at meeting

Belvidere faces $1.1 million deficit in new budget

The city has 119 employees, not including elected officials. Of that number, 95 are union employees.

What bailed us out was the utility tax, but that can’t bail us out again,” Racz, who voted for the tax’s use, said. “We can still reduce spending.”

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Thomson prison appraisal, fed's offer differ

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220 million price represents the average of the three appraisals … the state can accept no less than $219,932,218 for the facility.

higher than the $170 million the Obama administration requested of Congress in its 2011 budget proposal to cover both the purchase price and security upgrades.

state built the prison for $140 million in 2001, but it has remained largely unused. It costs $2 million a year to operate.

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Bill proposed to close property-tax loophole | News-Gazette.com

 Illinois House Bill 6241 that should eliminate the confusion.

The bill creates the Manufactured Home Installation Act, which requires a manufactured home that's installed on private property and not located in a mobile home park, to be assessed and taxed as real property. And mobile homes located inside mobile home parks will continue to be taxed according to the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Act. But mobile, or manufactured, homes that are located outside mobile-home parks and not classified, assessed and taxed as real property prior to the new law taking effect will remain that way unless the home is sold, transferred or relocated.

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