A little bit of temporary help for the CTAThe CTA’s top officials this afternoon accepted a short-term funding bailout proposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to avert fare increases and service cuts set to take effect Sunday and Monday, but the agency’s doomsday scenario will still take place in November unless new funds are obtained.
CTA Board Chairman Carole Brown announced the decision after meeting in Blagojevich’s Chicago office to discuss funding proposals. Before taking effect, the move needs to be green-lighted by the RTA in a meeting scheduled for Friday.
Brown said the plan will “give the legislature more time to craft a long-term funding solution for the region.”
Governor busy filing lawsuits
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich is suing the state Legislature again, this time targeting the House clerk on a paperwork issue about his recent budget vetoes.
Blagojevich sued Clerk Mark Mahoney in Sangamon County Circuit Court Tuesday to force the House to more quickly consider the $460 million in cuts he made to the budget last month, the (Springfield) State Journal-Register first reported Tuesday on its Web site.
Blagojevich used his amendatory veto pen to cut what he considered unnecessary spending out of the budget the Legislature passed after a record-setting overtime session.
The state Constitution requires that the governor's veto message must be recorded "immediately" in the journal of the House, where the budget measure originated. Lawmakers then have 15 calendar days to accept or try to override Blagojevich's cuts.
This guy was apparantly a danger on foot, now we have lost a Cook County Sheriff
A 27-year-old motorist accused of running a red light and smashing into a Cook County sheriff's officer's car, killing her as she drove to church, had drunk more than 25 beers before the crash, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Reputed gang member Lionel Ortiz, of the 5800 block of South Albany, who is charged with the reckless homicide of 58-year-old Minerva Santiago and aggravated driving under the influence, spent Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday drinking at two parties with friends, Cook County state's attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
He then went to a gas station and bought six more beers, visited a girlfriend and drank two more beers while driving around "looking for something to do," Simonton said.
He gave a videotaped confession, admitting to drinking a case of beer, she said, adding that police found a tequila bottle in his car that a passenger had tried to hide.
He never has had a valid driver's license, Simonton said.
Ortiz was sentenced to a three-month supervision order last year after being convicted of drinking in the public way, state's attorney spokesman Andy Conklin said.
Ortiz was ordered held on bail of $400,000 by Judge Donald Panarese during a brief hearing at Cook County Court Tuesday afternoon.
Ortiz did not attend the hearing. He still is hospitalized at Stroger Hospital for a severe leg injury suffered during the crash.
Santiago was the first Hispanic woman to be promoted to sergeant by the Illinois Department of Corrections and had 25 years experience as a corrections officer.
She was superintendent of the Department of Women's Justice, a post overseeing the treatment of convicted addicts, which she had held since 1999.
A mother of two adult children, Santiago planned to retire in a couple of years, family members said Monday
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