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Chicago Tribune: AG Lisa Madigan investigating Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration's response to deaths at veterans home
Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is investigating Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration’s response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a Downstate veterans home that left more than a dozen veterans dead over several years, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
“We are investigating whether any laws were violated in the response to the risks of and outbreak of Legionella at the Quincy veterans’ home, where many people died,” Madigan spokeswoman Maura Possley said in a statement. “There needs to be an investigation to determine if laws were violated and whether residents of the home, their families, veterans’ home staff, and the public were informed in a timely and appropriate manner.”
Northwest Herald: Woodstock sets dates for TIF plan information sessions, public hearing
The city of Woodstock has set dates for public hearings on a proposed tax increment financing district.
The City Council met to set the dates this week. The city has been in the process of creating downtown TIF No. 2 to try to attract development to the area.
Daily Herald: Lauzen wants board vote on reimbursement for Van Dyke prosecution
Calling it a vote on government transparency, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen called on the full county board Wednesday to weigh in on a resolution seeking a reimbursement of all Jason Van Dyke prosecution costs from Cook County.
Under terms of a cooperative agreement authorized by state law, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon was picked to manage the Van Dyke prosecution after the Cook County prosecutor recused herself under political pressure.
The Southern: Jackson County Board votes to return to negotiating table with AFSCME 31
After about a half hour in executive session Wednesday, the Jackson County Board came back to vote unanimously to return to the negotiating table with the local American Federation of State, Civil and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union.
The vote came after AFSCME 31 employees and the county stalled in negotiations — Jeremy Noelle, the AFSCME union representative, said one big sticking point was the cost of health care.
The Southern: Murphysboro teachers vote to ratify contract with district, avoiding possible strike
In an overwhelming vote Wednesday afternoon, the Murphysboro Education Association has voted to ratify a contract proposed by the district.
Union Vice President Melinda Pierson said the one-year contract would not be final unless the school board approves it Tuesday, and until then, she could not share specifics about the deal.