In Case You Missed It: Burris, NIU, and TIFs
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Feb 16, 2009 3:20PM
News you may have missed from over the weekend.
If Sen. Burris doesn't see who he's talking to, it's not perjury, right? (Photo by Marcus Gilmer/Chicagoist)
- Sen. Roland Burris finds himself in hot water thanks to an affidavit he sent to state House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), head of the state house committee that investigated then-governor Rod Blagojevich for impeachment. In the affidavit, reported by the Sun-Times, Burris admits Blago's brother contacted him for a cash contribution prior to Burris' senate appointment and Burris changed his tune (again) about who he talked to about the senate seat. State Republicans are clamoring for a perjury investigation against Burris; for his part, Burris denies doing anything wrong.
- NIU marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting that claimed the lives of five students. Still, NIU Police Chief Donald Grady is under fire for not yet completing a full report on the shooting. Grady, however, has no concerns about a time-table, saying, "Why give the guy the notoriety he sought? That might only encourage someone else with mental issues to try and do the same thing one day."
- A pair of city alderman have proposed a new ordinance that would force the city to be more transparent on TIF issues and allow the public to view all TIF documents via a website.