News Headlines – March 6, 2017

Last Updated on March 5th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Governor Rauner Taps CMS Boss For Quincy Vets Home Fix 

The man in charge of buying things for the state of Illinois will now be in charge of fixing the problems at the Quincy veterans home. Governor Bruce Rauner has announced that Michael Hoffman will oversee the state’s response to the lingering problems with Legionnaires disease at the home. Hoffman was previously in charge of the Department of Central Management Services, which is the state’s procurement agency. Thirteen people at the home in Quincy have died from Legionnaires since 2015, and dozens of others have gotten sick. Four new cases were reported last month alone.


Quinn Calls For State Party Overhaul 

Pat Quinn, the former governor now running for Illinois Attorney General, says it’s time for a change at the top of the state Democratic Party.  Quinn says House Speaker Michael Madigan should step down as state party chairman and says Senate President John Cullerton should resign as a Democratic committeeman.  Quinn says they should stick to their responsibilities as elected officials and let someone else be in charge of the party apparatus.


ID Theft Tops AG’s Complaint List 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is reporting that identity theft was the top consumer complaint received by her office last year, the first time that’s been the case since 2007.  Madigan says her office got more than 25-hundred complaints about identity theft, many traceable to the Equifax data breach, which affected nearly 150-million Americans.  Student loan complaints were second on Madigan’s list, followed by complaints about collection agencies, construction companies, cable and satellite TV and phone scams.


Illinois Gets New State Fair Manager 

Illinois’ new State Fair manager doesn’t have far to go. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has named Luke Sailer as the new State Fair boss.  Before that, Sailer was the assistant fair manager. Salier is just 25-years-old, but fair managers say he’s the best fit for the job. Sailer will oversee both the fair in Springfield as well as the fair in Du Quoin.