Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke declined to recuse herself from at least 10 cases involving clients of Klafter & Burke, the private law firm co-owned by her husband, Ald. Ed Burke, a report states.
The RiverBend Growth Association sent a letter to its members recently urging them to support renewal of Dale Chapman’s contract as president of Lewis & Clark Community College at the meeting of the college board this week.
Felix Lance Callis was born in Granite City on August 12, 1935, and died in St. Louis on September 25, 2019 at the age of 84. These are the bare biographical facts, but as in most men of greatness, there lies so much more.
How many quid pro quos was Alderman Burke offering? Was he dangling the possibility of special consideration only before the Chicago City Council, or did he lead some of his victims to believe that he might have “sway” with the state supreme court, too?
The East St. Louis’ firefighter pension fund has demanded that Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza intercept more than $2.2 million of East St. Louis city revenues so they could be diverted to the pension fund.
As if to add insult to injury, the Illinois legislature recently allocated $96 million to fund a 5-mile MetroLink rail extension between Shiloh-Scott station and the airport. The rail link will replace existing dedicated MetroBus service from Shiloh-Scott station to the airport.
Illinois’ financial decay isn't just happening at the top, it has likely spread to your community, too. Households from Peoria to Harvey and from Alton to Rockford are seeing property values fall, city populations shrink, tax burdens jump and incomes stagnate.
Public pensions are already eating away Illinois government services, increasing by more than 500% during the past 20 years as spending on core services including child protection, state police and college money for poor students has dropped by nearly one-third since 2000.