Illinois Briefs – 8/5/14

Last Updated on August 5th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

Vallas Accuses Rauner Of Dodging Taxes

(Springfield, IL) — Governor Quinn’s running mate accuses Bruce Rauner of trying to dodge taxes by directing personal investments into the Cayman Islands. Paul Vallas is calling for the GOP gubernatorial candidate to release his tax returns to prove he’s complied with federal tax laws. The former Chicago school board president added that you don’t invest in the Cayman Islands if you want to promote economic development in Illinois. Rauner responded that he did not avoid taxes, then he blamed Governor Quinn for raising the state income tax and implementing a failed anti-violence grant program in 2010, that’s under federal investigation.

GOP Leaders Pick Nybo To Replace Dillard

(Springfield, IL) — The replacement to fill the 46th District state Senate seat will be sworn in on Wednesday. Republican state leaders selected Chris Nybo on Monday to finish Kirk Dillard’s term. The longtime lawmaker stepped down this week to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. Nybo, a lawyer and a former state rep from Elmhurst, will now be able to run for the seat as an incumbent when he faces Suzy Glowiak in the November election.

Wallace Takes Oath For Rockford State Seat

(Rockford, IL) — Rockford has a new state representative. Litesa Wallace was sworn in on Monday. She was selected by the County Democratic Committee to replace retired Chuck Jefferson. Wallace will finish Jefferson’s term and replace his name on the November 4th ballot.

Illinois Doctor Charged With Illegally Dispensing Controlled Substances

(Effingham, IL) — A Illinois doctor has had his license suspended after he’s accused of illegally distributing controlled substances. Doctor Naeem Kohli was licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe the drugs in question, but his license was suspended last week. The physician’s trial is set to start on September 12th and he’s free on 100-thousand-dollars bond.

Cuts Force State Historic Sites To Reduce Hours

(Springfield, IL) — Thirteen of the state’s Historic Preservation Agency’s historic sites will have to reduce their hours after Labor Day. The agency said on Monday that a 19 percent cut in its spending plan is forcing the cut in hours. Most sites affected will also reduce the days they’re open from five to four. Agency Director Amy Martin says that some lawmakers have indicated that an increase in funding is possible.