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Statewide update—March 3, 2011

SouthtownStarMcQueary: Crestwood ridicules tainted water concerns, “…the newsletter cherry-picks parts of an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency report and claims ‘media frenzy, subsequent exploitive legal and political actions’ fueled a non-issue — that being the reality that Crestwood for nearly a decade blended Lake Michigan water with an old well that tested positive for a cancer-causing agent.”

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Niles Village Board Set To Vote On Ethics Code

CHICAGO (WBBM) – The Niles village board is expected to vote tonight on a long-awaited ethics code, possibly one of the state’s toughest.

WBBM’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports the move comes after the conviction of the suburb’s longtime mayor on charges that he took kickbacks. 145 more words


Ex-Niles Mayor Finds Salvation

After serving less than a year on a federal corruption conviction, ex-Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase has been released from the prison camp in Duluth.

Blase, 82, was transferred from the Minnesota tundra to a halfway house on Chicago’s West Side just before Christmas, prison officials and a family member confirmed. 213 more words


Cash from a Crook: Niles Mayor Takes Campaign Money from Imprisoned Predecessor

Like a child with tapeworms, politicians in Illinois are insatiable—although it’s campaign cash they crave.

That being said, many political figures have the willpower to restrict their fundraising diets—refusing, for example, campaign contributions from people who leave a bad aftertaste. 333 more words


Chicago Way Convergence

It’s too bad the Democratic National Convention is in Denver this August instead of right here, smack dab in the heart of the Old Politics. Oh, what a showcase to the nation we could have been! 273 more words

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