Following an election year rife with accusations aimed at the “Madigan Machine” and other factions in Springfield, Chicago Sun-Times writer Mark Brown said recently that the time for term limits may have arrived in Illinois.
Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran was indicted on federal charges today. The special June 2015 grand jury filed a variety of charges against the 20th Ward alderman in U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division.
Chicago State University, the financially unstable public institution that serves a mostly minority student body on the city’s south side, spends more than $3.8 million in taxpayer money per year on Division I athletic programs, including a tennis team consisting of foreign students, while overall enrollment erodes and graduation rates languish.
Citing “blatant and systematic disregard for ethics,” Chicago’s former legislative inspector general, Faisal Khan, issued a statement regarding the recent indictment of local Alderman Willie Cochran on charges alleging campaign finance violations.
Anyone wishing to become a citizen watchdog can attend the Better
Government Association’s (BGA) free public training session 5-7 p.m. Jan.
12 at DePaul University, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1137, in Chicago.
Slapping charter schools with $1.8 million in fines for being late on pension-fund payments is exactly the opposite of how the state should be treating such educational programs, a Chicago-based journalist said during a recent conservative radio talk show.
The City of Chicago could lose billions in federal aid in 2017 if President-elect Donald Trump carries through on his plan to deny funding to communities that do not help deport illegal aliens, the Better Government Association said.
“If America is two countries, Illinois is two states,” the Peoria Journal Star said recently in an editorial, censuring House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and attributing the state’s “abysmal” financial status to continued ineptitude and duplicity in the General Assembly.