Source: Feds focus on clout hires at ComEd, leader at Chicago’s City Club

October 21, 2019 | WBEZ 91.5FM Radio (Illinois)

Federal investigators are looking into allegations that Commonwealth Edison hired multiple politically connected employees and consultants in exchange for favorable government actions, including electricity rate increases, WBEZ has learned.

Pramaggiore exits Exelon amid federal probe

October 21, 2019 | Crain’s Chicago Business

In a surprise move, Anne Pramaggiore, one of the most high-profile businesswomen in Chicago, has retired from Exelon effective immediately.

Current U.S. attorney lets evidence gathering, subpoenas speak for themselves

October 21, 2019 | Better Government Association

We don't even know the name yet. The feds have staged high-profile raids on public offices, indicted a sitting alderman and a state senator, subpoenaed Commonwealth Edison and grabbed boxes and laptops from suburban town halls.

With roads, you get what you pay for

October 21, 2019 | Argus Courier (California)

For the last 20 years, Petaluma has held the dubious distinction of having the worst roads in the entire Bay Area. The most recent report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission ranked the city’s Pavement Condition Index a dismal “Poor/Failed.” Today, only Larkspur has worse roads than Petaluma.

Taxpayers United on Gov. Pritzer’s pension consolidation plan: ‘The pension funds are doomed’

October 21, 2019 | The Neighbor

A proposal to consolidate the state’s 649 police and fire pension funds won't solve the state’s pension funding problems, a taxpayer advocacy group said Wednesday.

Farm

Illinois, Governor Pritzker, taxes, Capone, marijuana (or business as usual in the Prairie State)

October 21, 2019 | American Agriculture Movement, Inc.

Tax break tracker

October 21, 2019 | Good Jobs First

Tax Break Tracker is the first national search engine for tax abatement disclosures per Statement No.77 of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for governmental entities - set forth by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). For more information about this new accounting rule, visit our GASB-77 resources page.

The 16th Amendment: How the federal income tax became D.C.’s favorite political weapon

October 21, 2019 | The Daily Bell

The American Revolution was sparked in part by unjust taxation. After all, the colonists in Boston rebelled against Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” and summarily tossed English tea into the harbor in protest in 1773.

The problem with accounting for employees as costs instead of assets

October 21, 2019 | Harvard Business Review

You hear it all the time: companies touting employees as “their most valuable assets.” But under current accounting standards, that is simply false. By definition, employees are not assets since companies do not have control over them.

Whistleblower community pays tribute to Congressman Elijah Cummings

October 21, 2019 | Public Citizen

The passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) marks a tremendous loss for the whistleblower community. 

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