Friday, September 3, 2010

Disbarred attorney accused of practicing law

 

Timothy F. Eddy continued practicing law - despite losing his license more than eight years ago - after pretending to be another man with whom he once worked.

Ironically, a search of state records shows the other attorney whose identity was stolen also does not have a valid license as of this year because he failed to complete his continuing legal education requirements.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Disbarred attorney accused of practicing law

Critics: Ill. lottery contract cloaked in secrecy

 

less than two weeks before Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn awards a lucrative, first-of-its-kind contract for the private management of the state's $2 billion-a-year lottery, some are criticizing the selection process as too secretive and questioning whether it favors one powerful bidder.

Illinois would be the first state to entirely privatize the management and marketing of its lottery. The move was mandated by legislators as a way to help boost revenue and attract new players

Click on the following for more details:  Pantagraph.com | News from Associated Press

Tegen leaving planning department this month

he will be moving into community development in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Click on the following to read the entire article in the Belvidere Daily RepublicanTegen leaving planning department this month

Illegal immigration declines sharply in California, across the country, report says

ILLEGALS_Burn 

Click on the following to read the story:  Illegal immigration declines sharply in California, across the country, report says | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Former egg farm workers say complaints ignored

FDA Inspectors only concerned with grading eggs not the sanitary conditions.

The USDA employees worked next to areas where roughly 7.7 million caged hens laid eggs at the two operations, but agency spokesman Caleb Weaver said their main duties are "grading" the eggs and they aren't primarily responsible for looking for health problems

Two former workers at Wright County Egg facilities, Robert and Deanna Arnold, said they reported problems such as leaking manure and dead chickens to USDA employees, but nothing was done.

Click on the following for more details:  Business & Technology | Former egg farm workers say complaints ignored | Seattle Times Newspaper

White House considers pre-midterm package of business tax breaks to spur hiring

weighing a package of business tax breaks - potentially worth hundreds of billions of dollars - to spur hiring and combat Republican charges that Democratic tax policies hurt small businesses,

a temporary payroll-tax holiday and a permanent extension of the now-expired research-and-development tax credit

Substantively, there is nothing they could do between now and Election Day that would have any measurable effect on the economy. Nothing," said the Brookings Institution's William Galston

The president could roll out additional measures as soon as next week. Senate leaders hope to begin debating the tax issue in late September.

Click on the following for all of the story:  White House considers pre-midterm package of business tax breaks to spur hiring

Daily Chronicle’s View: War’s result debatable; heroism isn’t | Daily Chronicle

Pundits across the political dial continued to debate the war’s legacy.

There’s no way we can assess, here and now, how successful we were in Iraq

Whatever the legacy of the Iraq War, at least one thing is certain – the men and women of the American military who served there performed heroically.

Click on the following for this editorial:  Our View: War’s result debatable; heroism isn’t | Daily Chronicle

How bad, will county budgets be this year?

The following is taken from the August 9, 2010 minutes (Page 3) of the Finance and Procurement Committee of Stephenson County (Freeport): http://www.co.stephenson.il.us/board/Minutes/2010/Finance/08-09-2010.pdf--

 

The County Administrator distributed the proposed budget calendar and instructions, discussed last month, for developing the 2011 budget. Chairman Blum reviewed the process the County has used in the past, to develop the annual budget. The County’s budget problems have traditionally been associated with the General Fund, rather than other funds, like the several highway funds. He explained that the budget needs to be
built from “scratch” or “zero”. Chairman Blum reviewed the discussion that took place with the department heads, earlier today. The department heads are looking for a “fair and equitable” budget. The budget worksheets will come to the Finance Committee with the usual request from the department, but now with an alternative amount from the County Administrator. Chairman Blum asked that the General Fund
expenditures for 2011 be limited to $8,000,000, including the maximum 5% contingency. He recommended using 1994 to 1999 as the base years, for allocating
funds to the various departments.

Chairman Blum noted that the County Board has the authority, under PTELL to reallocate the levy among the various County funds. Not only does this involve County departments, but includes the service organizations, under the County levy,
such as Extension Education and Veterans Assistance. On a motion by Ms. S. Hooper, seconded by Mr. Koch, the Finance Committee recommended that the County Board
suspend the codified budget process for developing the 2011 fiscal year budget. On a motion by Ms. S. Hooper, seconded by Mr. D├ętente, the Finance Committee established $8,000,000 as the General Fund limit on expenditures, with department
head identifying all expenditures above the zero base.

Asian carp-blocking work will close Sanitary Canal off and on | Government

 

The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be shut down temporarily to all traffic between Oct. 4 and 8 for construction work on the underwater electronic barriers designed to keep Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

Click on the following for more details:  Asian carp-blocking work will close Sanitary Canal off and on | Government | Crain's Chicago Business

Kane County State's Attorney Barsanti appointed judge

I remember from the Logli case in Winnebago County-- this may lead to a double pension—am I right?

Barsanti joined the Kane County state's attorney's office 31 years ago as a prosecutor. In 2000, he went into private practice, and then became state's attorney in 2004.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Kane County State's Attorney Barsanti appointed judge

Giannoulias, Kirk running neck and neck in Illinois Senate race, polls shows - Quad Cities Online

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk are wounded rivals running neck and neck for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois once held by President Barack Obama, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.

Click on the following for more details:  Giannoulias, Kirk running neck and neck in Illinois Senate race, polls shows - Quad Cities Online