By Jocelyn Geboy in News on Jun 22, 2007 4:41AM
- Finally, the State Senate voted about a budget for the state of Illinois, even if it did not exactly vote on one. By a margin of 34-19 it adopted a sense-of-the-Senate resolution, spelling out objections to the budget document endorsed by the Illinois House last month.
- Mayor Daley's stalled plan to put the financial squeeze on parents of young graffiti vandals will be advanced by City Council, but only after the maximum fine is reduced by two-thirds -- from $750 to $250.
- Couldn't he have someone drive him? Gov. Blagojevich's practice of flying from Chicago to Springfield and back for daily budget negotiations is costing taxpayers more than $5,800 a day, for a total of roughly $76,000 and climbing. (On the other hand, is he in a Lear?)
- Home sweet Homewood - Mitchell's candy and ice cream store back with new look and name... same great products.
- Commodities trader Richard Dennis -- famous in the Chicago markets for gaining, losing and gaining again multimillions of dollars -- has a little free advice for Chicago Board of Trade shareholders considering two takeover bids for the exchange.
- United got screwed by this... Officials at United Airlines say they still don't know what caused its flight dispatch system to shut down Wednesday morning, grounding takeoffs all over the world for two hours and delaying flights for the rest of the day.
- Dozens of Holocaust survivors were in north suburban Skokie Wednesday to help create a piece of history. Their signatures will soon be part of an important new museum in that suburb.
- No wonder why some people hate squirrels. For the second time in eight days, Alan Turcott's Blue Island home caught fire when squirrels knocked high-voltage wires loose from a utility pole and onto his three-story house, fire officials said.
- Catch-22 much? The feds want the Chicago Public Schools to repay at least $16.8 million in federal money earmarked for poor schools because CPS failed to fully staff those schools.
- Chicago police in patrol cars soon will be able to peer inside nearby city buses by electronically tapping into onboard video cameras, the Chicago Transit Authority's vice president for technology said Wednesday.
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