Saturday, November 20, 2010

The end of home rule? - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

 

“If the numbers come in below 25,000 then the city clerk is required to certify a question on home rule for the next election ballot,” Griffin said.

Still, it remains uncertain precisely when this decisive question would be raised.

Passage 65 ILCS 5/1‑1‑9 of the Illinois Municipal Code indicates that the question would have to be presented at the next general election, dictating that voters would be presented with a “proposition of whether the municipality shall elect not to be a home rule unit.”

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Northwest Herald | Cook County sheriff resumes evictions

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he’d [Sheriff Dart] been forced to order his deputies to carry them out, but he will continue investigating the matter and could charge banks and their employees with crimes.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he only was ordering evictions to resume because county prosecutors told him that he was legally bound to carry out foreclosure eviction orders signed by a judge.

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Stephenson County set to approve higher property tax levy - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

 

levy increase would appear quite large if one were only looking at revenue going into the general fund, Blum said. The 2010 tax levy contributed an estimated $1.7 million to the general fund, while the 2011 levy contributes about $2.4 million to this fund, Blum said.

“We had to freeze all the other levies to get the (levy increase) into the general fund,” Blum said. “All the other line items are frozen, some went down. The general fund, where we needed revenue to protect public safety, went up.”

Concerns Raised

Recently elected County Board member Jerry Clay said he objects to the way the county seems to be playing “accounting games” to balance its budget. He said the county is taking expenses that should be coming out of their revenue stream and putting them in closed funds, and then using borrowed funds to pay for the expenses.

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State picks up grocery bill, but still can't deliver | Daily Chronicle

 

we find an issue facing DeKalb County residents incomprehensible.
Some area families who depend upon the state to replenish their LINK cards – Illinois’ electronic version of food stamps – were faced this month with not having the money promised to them. Many have found when the anticipated shopping day arrives, the anticipated money has not.

not because money was late arriving for the program. It was because the local office of the Illinois Department of Human Services is behind in processing new applications as well as renewal forms for the LINK program.

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Attorney charged with beating wife outside courtroom - chicagotribune.com

 Sounds like an interesting story.

A Frankfort bankruptcy attorney was accused Friday of beating his wife outside a Joliet courtroom as they left a hearing on a pending order of protection she took out against him.

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Oops: Air Force sends tanker bid details to rivals

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The Air Force mistakenly gave rival companies sensitive information that contained each other's confidential bids in a long-standing, multibillion dollar competition to build a new refueling tanker.

Chicago-based Boeing Co., and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), parent of Airbus, are in an intense competition for a $35 billion contract to build 179 new Air Force tankers based either on the Boeing 767 jetliner or the Airbus A330.

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