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Chicago Tribune: Orland Township employee raided funds to pay credit card, utility bills, police say
Orland Township funds meant to help financially struggling township residents were allegedly embezzled by a since-fired employee to pay thousands of dollars worth of credit card and utility bills, according to an Orland Park police investigation.
Michelle Patras, 48, of Tinley Park, was charged last month with theft of government property in excess of $10,000 and continuing a financial crimes enterprise. Authorities alleged Patras stole nearly $59,000 in township funds during the more than two years she worked there.
WBEZ: City Colleges Of Chicago Workers Hit Picket Lines To Force Contract Talks
Three unions that represent faculty and staff at City Colleges of Chicago say the college’s bargaining team will not come to the table to negotiate contracts.
The unions said they plan to picket all City Colleges of Chicago board meetings until contract agreements are reached.
Rockford Register-Star: Loves Park withdraws Winnebago County subsidy request for Costco
Infrastructure improvements will be made in the East Riverside Boulevard corridor to accommodate future businesses such as a proposed Costco Wholesale store, but money to do so likely will not come from Winnebago County.
Loves Park had asked the county to consider complementing financial incentives the city is mulling for Spring Creek Development — subsidies that would offset infrastructure costs the developer would incur for its retail tract of land and for a 500-acre industrial park to the north. About $3.5 million is needed to fully develop the site, said Loves Park attorney Gino Galluzzo.
Peoria Journal-Star: PPS board approves a few raises, commends most improved schools in attendance
The Peoria Public Schools board on Monday tabled a vote to increase the annual salaries of the district’s 27 school principals so Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat can provide members with more detailed information.
“We just received (the documents) during the executive session and I have some questions,” board member Dan Walther said after requesting the item be pulled from the consent agenda and then tabled until the next October meeting. “A couple of items don’t add up.”
Peoria Journal-Star: Budget and water buyout questions face Peoria City Council
Two large issues loom over the Peoria City Council going into Tuesday’s meeting: a budget deficit that threatens to impact the number of city employees and the decision on whether to look into the possible purchase of the water company.
The council will approve a committee report on the policy session held on Sept. 18, a meeting that outlined a possible shortfall of $6 million in 2019 the city is facing.
Bloomington Pantagraph: City OKs business registration, fee hikes
The city of Bloomington will create a mandatory registry cataloging an estimated 3,500 to 4,500 businesses despite some objections about the one-time $50 registration fee.
The City Council voted Monday to create the business registration program along with increasing more than 100 fees for a variety of city-issued permits, annual licenses, inspections and services.
Bloomington Pantagraph: City OKs boat dock permitting, fee ordinance
A dispute between the city of Bloomington and owners of 16 nonconforming boat docks at Lake Bloomington appears headed toward resolution with the City Council’s approval of a new ordinance Monday night that spelled out a permitting process and construction standards.
Under the new ordinance, 236 existing docks, including the 16 nonconforming ones, will be eligible for permits because each leaseholder maintains a valid lake property lease and a residence on the leased land. The city owns the land surrounding the lake, which is Bloomington’s primary water source.