The Better Government Association today announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer, David Greising, who will succeed long-time BGA CEO Andy Shaw in leading one of Illinois’ premier nonpartisan, civic watchdog organizations.
According to credit card authorization forms produced pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Orland Park Public Library (OPPL) Director Mary Weimar recently used public library funds to buy “treats” for Village of Orland Park public workers who plowed snow in the Library’s parking lot in February.
Tobacco giant Altria won a lucrative property tax break last year on a Franklin Park factory from the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who also is the co-owner of a lobbying firm that counts Altria among its longtime clients.
In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications for government moves to privatize public functions, a Cook County judge Thursday declared that documents of the nonprofit agency that operates Navy Pier are subject to state open record laws.
Among the hotly debated issues in the past few years is the question of whether to relax laws on the use of marijuana, which has led to states such as California legalizing the recreational use of marijuana recently. The related topic of hemp has been debated as well, as this plant, though related to marijuana, is being considered for uses that are entirely different.
Illinois state government lowered its fees for forming and maintaining Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). Setting up an LLC now costs $150, down from $500. And maintaining one costs $75, down from $250 per year.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's signing of SB867 Wednesday drops LLC fees by hundreds of dollars, a welcome measure according to Elliott Richardson, president and co-founder of the Small Business Advocacy Council, a nonpartisan organization based in Chicago.
As Congress prepares to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of a tax reform bill championed by President Donald Trump, at least one economist is saying the committees are a waste of time.