Midwest Memo: No News In Detroit, Michigan’s $1 Billion Year And Transit Worries In Chicago

Nothing yet There’s still no consent agreement between the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The team that’s been reviewing the city’s finances re-affirmed yesterday that they believe the city is in severe financial stress. But they did not recommend that the governor should appoint an emergency manager. Partner station Michigan Radio says the state and the city now have 10 days to reach a deal, before the governor is forced to take action.

Pure money Michigan’s tourism bureau says the Pure Michigan ad campaign helped attract a record $1 billion in travel sales last year. Partner station Michigan Radio reports that number is up from $605 million the year before.

Tripping up transit Chicago could lose $1.2 million per day if Congress doesn’t approve an extension of the country’s transit legislation by Saturday. The Chicago Tribune says the funding shortfall could jeopardize plans to buy buses, and modernize railway equipment in the Windy City.

Bigger, faster A study panel in Wisconsin has recommended a $207 million dollar expansion for the Lake Parkway in southern Milwaukee County.

Lottery online Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online. The state made $15,000 on the first day of online lottery sales, according to NBC Chicago.

Off the hook Ohio legislators are considering a law that would allow phone companies to drop landline phone service in some areas of the state. Partner station WCPN Ideastream reports a collection of consumer groups say the change would hurt seniors and low-income people who don’t have cell phones.

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