The [Friday] Papers
So who doinked the state's torture commission? Jon Markel did some poking around and came up with the following:
* The bill.
* Relevant section (page 38): "Section 10. The sum of $0 or so much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated to the Human Rights Commission from the General Revenue Fund for expenses associated with the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission."
* State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington), who has been opposed to the commission, actually voted against the bill that defunded it - and almost every Chicago Dem voted for defunding.
* The floor amendment zeroing out the budget was filed on 5/29 by an unknown legislator.
I believe that would be The Unknown Legislator (R/D-Gutless).
UPDATE 12: 28 P.M.: A faithful Beachwood sleuther says:
"Looks to me like it was Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago):
"She filed House Amendments 4 & 5; 4 became the bill and 5 made changes to it."
UPDATE 2:25 P.M.: From Markel:
"The $0 for the commission first shows up in the second house amendment to the bill which was filed by Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, not Feigenholtz, and then referred to a committee for review. That certainly doesn't absolve Feigenholtz since she is the chairperson of the Appropriations Committee on Human Services, the very committee that the zeroing amendment was referred to and subsequently recommended for adoption. I guess that actually makes Feigenholtz more culpable since the committee is where the real line-by-line hashing out is suppose to occur."
UPDATE 2:45 P.M.: From our other sleuth:
"[Feigenholtz] advanced this particular language; it's mostly her fingerprints."
Sounds like a PSA in the making!
B) "A former west suburban man who was wrongfully imprisoned for rape in the 1980s has been awarded a $5 million settlement, it was announced today.
C) "A $2.5-million settlement check from the Illinois State Police to former Death Row inmate Randy Steidl must be in hand by June 15, according to records in a civil rights lawsuit pending in federal court."
"The remap challenge was decided on a 4-3 party-line vote."
Apparently they cited Bush v. Gore as a precedent.
"The court's Democratic majority justices, without a written explanation, rejected a request by the GOP leaders seeking to file a motion to have the map thrown out and to make changes affecting future elections."
Well, that's not exactly true. Here's the explanation right here.
Yes, if you're calling 1-800-HOT-CHIX.
Ghost of Daley
"Beside cutting off McDonough this week from what's been a lucrative stream of business, the Illinois Department of Transportation has sent a bill for more than $1.9 million to the firm, demanding reimbursement for overbilling.
"It also has referred its findings to 'the appropriate authorities' for possible criminal prosecution, IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said."
The company's chairman served as both Streets and Sanitation commissioner and CTA board chairman under the Mayor Richard J. Daley.
"The so-called Section 504 accommodations spring from federal law and are aimed at students considered disabled. But thanks to help from educators and savvy parents, the assistance often has gone to those in affluent, predominantly white school districts in suburban Highland Park, Winnetka, Wilmette and Hinsdale, new federal data show.
"Meanwhile, not one child in some of the region's poorest, high-minority districts has benefited from the program, raising concerns that schools have created opportunities for the privileged while ignoring the disadvantaged, according to the data."
COMMENT: From a faithful Beachwood reader:
"As a parent of a child with learning differences, as they're called now, I know you have to fight tooth and nail to get services - from diagnosis through to defining accommodations to ensuring that the student has the tools they're supposed to get, including extra time if that's what's appropriate - and that's not easy.
"The system is there, but it does not surprise me one iota that families with more resources are better at working the school system to get the school's attention. Not that kids don't deserve accommodations, but that the borderline kids with adept parents are more likely to get what they need than the desperately needy kids with overwhelmed parents."
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