SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Behind the headlines

Friday, May 28, 2010

* The Senate gave final approval to a tax amnesty plan yesterday, with one member voting against it

The “tax-amnesty” bill (SB377) is expected to raise $250 million from tax scofflaws who might otherwise never pay. The deal is that, as long as they pay before Nov. 8, they get out of the usual fines.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn — who, of course, is looking for every dime these days.

The bill passed almost unanimously, with just one “no” vote: Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, the Republican nominee for governor and Quinn’s election opponent in November.

We haven’t yet been able to ask Brady about his opposition. Other opponents have generally complained that the measure rewards people who have failed to pay their taxes, letting them off the hook for fines they should pay, while not offering anything to taxpayers who’ve paid on time.

There may be at least two reasons besides the gubernatorial candidate’s issue stance and the political season for that “No” vote. The first, of course, is the fact that Brady didn’t pay state income taxes in 2008, as well as asking for and receiving a $1,616 refund.

The second is that Brady’s tax returns showed he underpaid his federal income taxes by $137,800 and paid a $4,388 penalty in 2004.

* Speaking of taxes

The Illinois Senate on Thursday endorsed a taxpayer-backed retail development that supporters say will bring thousands of jobs to Southern Illinois.

The proposal, approved on a 34-17 vote, would use sales tax receipts to subsidize Swansea developer Bruce Holland’s plans for a “destination development” on 400-acres in Marion.

Senate approval came after a failed bid by officials in Mount Vernon to expand the project to their community. Mount Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley told senators that the proposal will put her community at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to drawing retailers and consumers. […]

“This bill will take away from the City of Mount Vernon,” said state Sen. John Jones, R-Mount Vernon. “I cannot stand by and let the city of Mount Vernon be destroyed.”

Sen. Brady voted for the bill and Gov. Quinn is expected to sign it, which will make this the “Worst Law Ever.”

* The Tribune editorial board is either without a clue or deliberately not telling the truth

The bill on Quinn’s desk was written by the coin machine industry’s lobbyists and hustled through the legislature with no input from state regulators or the public. Nothing good ever comes of that.

The Gaming Board’s staff long ago signed off on the bill when approached by gaming lobbyists. The proposal had public hearings in both chambers, which the Gaming Board and gaming opponents attended and testified to.

* And, of course, the governor’s McPier AV was overridden. But all this talk by the naysayers that Chicago is just not up to competing against Las Vegas and Orlando is hooey

The National Restaurant Assn., which wrapped up its annual show Tuesday with more than 58,000 attending, is among those that have considered leaving.

The NRA, which had the fourth-largest show in Chicago last year, saw a 6% increase in attendance this year.

* Related and a roundup…

* Lawmakers punt unbalanced state budget back to Quinn

* Madigan: Lawmakers Won’t Return to Springfield Yet

* Sweeny: Borrowing out; $6.6 billion deficit still in for Illinois budget

* Martire: Objective look at our state isn’t pretty

* Illinois Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto on McPier Bill

* Senate, House override Quinn’s McPier veto

* Lawmakers reject Quinn’s veto of convention bill

* McPier overhaul is law as lawmakers reject Quinn’s veto

* Lawmakers reject Quinn’s veto of convention bill

* Senate Passes STAR Bonds Bill

* STAR bonds pass Senate

* State Senate OKs STAR bonds bill

* Bill with special tax breaks for developer goes to Ill. governor

* STAR Bond bill passes State Senate

* Daily Herald: Quinn must veto looser poker rules

* Ill. Bill Seeks to Protect Juvenile Prostitutes

* Environmentalists Praise IL Solar Energy Bill

* Legislators, about to get raises, pass Boland bill opposing R.I. County raises

* Quinn can keep transparency door open

- Posted by Rich Miller        


14 Comments
  1. - realism - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 2:12 pm:

    I kind of wish Andy Shaw would scale back a bit on his anti-government employee rhetoric. I understand and mostly agree with his (and BGA’s) ultimate goals, but sometimes they seem more interested in sensationalism than actually helping to transform govt. in Illinois.


  2. - Vole - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 2:27 pm:

    And How is STAR working out there in Reno?:

    STARs dim
    Tension grows in Reno City Council over use of bonds http://www.newsreview.com/reno/content?oid=1400701

    Cabellyup: Money for nothing and the kicks for free
    http://www.nevadalabor.com/barbwire/barb09/barb9-13-2009.html

    Peter Pans in public office
    http://www.nevadalabor.com/barbwire/barb09/barb3-1-09.html#welfare

    An excerpt:
    “Misgivings about the bonds grew when the economic meltdown showed they crumbled in hard times.

    Washington sponsored the bill creating the bonds, but Democrats supported it, too. Some critics call it a typical example of the corporate-oriented party the Democrats have become—a Republican-sponsored regressive tax used to pay developers’ construction costs, enabled by Democrats.

    “Business boosterism and jobs!” wrote columnist Andrew Barbano of the Democrats.

    Barbano, who considers STAR bonds economic development run amuck, has been a scorching critic of them. When Cabela’s claimed to Reno officials that its Verdi store would boost tourist traffic by 3 million people a year, Barbano promptly pointed out that Washoe County’s entire tourism infrastructure attracted 5.1 million tourists in both 2006 and 2007. Cabela’s was promising a 60 percent tourist increase for its one store.

    “Cabela’s proposal was preposterous, the equivalent of adding a new Hot August Nights every month and then some,” Barbano said last week.

    Yet the Nevada Tourism Commission—the body empowered to certify developers’ claims for their tourist allure—approved the bonds.

    In fact, new Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority figures show that the tourist traffic is in sharp decline and RSCVA predicts a 19.2 percent decline in room tax collections in 2009. Cabela’s opened on Nov. 16, 2007, Scheels on Sept. 27, 2008.

    Barbano says Cabela’s “can always blame Dubya or Obama or their horoscopes.”

    Source: STAR bonds are under fire in Nevada
    With STAR bonds, the public pays for construction of businesses but the cash registers belong to the companies
    http://www.newsreview.com/reno/content?oid=936761

    Rich, “THE WORST BILL EVER” is possibly an understatement. Cabelas, a real sheister of a corporation, has been jumping on these STAR bonds all over the country.


  3. - QC - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 2:29 pm:

    off topic . . . but good luck with the tooth Rich!

    I ended up with a ruptured sinus after an extraction not long ago and took three kinds of antibiotics before it all was said and done.


  4. - VanillaMan - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 2:34 pm:

    I think the tax amnesty bill was called the “Roni Deutch Full Employment Act”.

    Gotta love that Brady. What a goofus.


  5. - Lincoln Parker - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 2:37 pm:

    This STAR bill is going to be a disaster just like Rich has been saying for months. More government revenue being diverted to private interests.


  6. - Reality Check - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 2:41 pm:

    @realism: Amen. Shaw has been a big disappointment, looking and sounding like a right-wing tool rather than doing his job as an equal opportunity watchdog. Maybe good for his TV time, and maybe for his fundraising, but not good for BGA’s credibility. Co-signing an op-ed with IPI today is a new low for Shaw - its forerunner organization lost its tax-exempt status for illegal political activities and failure to disclose donors, but now they’re transparency advocates? Uh, riiight.


  7. - wordslinger - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 3:11 pm:

    Has anyone ever been to Vegas or Orlando? They’re not real cities.

    There are a number of positives to Chicago. But the shows have had the same issues for 20 years and they’ve had enough. It’s long past time to listen to them.


  8. - VanillaMan - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 3:17 pm:

    Has anyone ever been to Vegas or Orlando? They’re not real cities.

    Has anyone ever been to a business convention? They’re not real business.

    Fake business is best conducted in fake cities.


  9. - wordslinger - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 3:20 pm:

    That’s incoherent, but not unexpected.

    What are you trying to say?


  10. - VanillaMan - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 3:41 pm:

    Conventioneers like convention cities that deny reality the same way that meeting after work to talk business is more fun than talking business at work.


  11. - Pat Robertson - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 3:42 pm:

    ==There may be at least two reasons besides the gubernatorial candidate’s issue stance and the political season for that “No” vote.==

    It might also be a horrible idea that loses money for the State.


  12. - Rich Miller - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 3:43 pm:

    PR, I would include that in “issue stance.”


  13. - wordslinger - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 4:08 pm:

    –Conventioneers like convention cities that deny reality the same way that meeting after work to talk business is more fun than talking business at work–

    I can’t decipher that, either, but here’s the deal:

    Vegas, Chicago and Orlando are the Big 3 for big conventions because they have the best and largest facilities.

    Chicago’s advantages are its central location and easy access, flying or driving. Orlando and Vegas have weather and golf. Orlando also has theme parks, Vegas also has casinos and strip clubs.

    Many top shows prefer Chicago because they want people on the show floor and not wandering around the casinos and golf courses. The best show in the world is the radiologists, and they come year after year because of Chicago’s advantages.

    But on some issues, the shows have had enough, like the restaurants and housewares folks said. Listen to them or they’ll move, even though they don’t want to.


  14. - Tired of it All - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 5:03 pm:

    Rich, the IGB did not sign off on this bill. Pick up the phone and ask the IGB. Don’t listen to your lobbyist or legislative sources. They’re the ones misleading you! The Administrator of the IGB testified before the executive committee and voiced concerns about the legislation.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Next week's pressers
* Today's long story
* Rauner approval rating: 40-36
* AP and Chicago Tribune - Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6B over 5 years
* Question of the day
* Illinois Credit Unions – A Smarter Choice
* Advertisers behaving badly
* Your daily "right to work" roundup
* *** UPDATED x1 *** It's just a bill...
* Ford plant reaches 100,000 cop car milestone
* House approves marijuana tickets
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* More cuts announced
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Verizon’s HTC One (M8) bug crashing apps left and right
        * Verizon to sell LG’s Watch Urbane for $349 from April 28th
        * HTC tries to get creative with Cellami
        * OPPO bezel-less phone concept revealed in images, video
        * The Week in iPad Cases: Mophie's first iPad case keeps your iPad juiced while adding storage
        * Missing the point: Analyzing a thing you haven't used
        * It’s time for a Windows Padfone

        * Alibaba, China Telecom Tie Up to Sell Phones
        * How to make a MyIdol character that actually looks like you
        * Jony Ive claims Apple Watch isn't a threat to luxury watch makers
        * Bruce Jenner Interview Serves As “Ellen” Moment for Transgender Movement
        * With New Launches, Amazon Plans for Day When Product Sales No Longer Lead to Growth
        * This Week's Top Downloads
        * The Best Way to Shuffle and Randomize a Deck of Playing Cards

        * Danks to get the call following suspended game
        * White Sox place Albers on DL, may need Rodon to start
        * Sale, Samardzija suspended following fracas
        * Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale receive five-game suspensions for roles...
        * 6 players suspended in Royals-White Sox fracas
        * White Sox hope they've found spark to slay mighty KC
        * Danks eyes first win in rematch with Volquez, Royals

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Springfield can be speedy when it wants to..
        * CBOF Celebrates 48 in Chicago..
        * Bruce Rauner's budget cuts slash social services..
        * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions st.....


        * 2 sentences reduced in St. Clair courthouse drug scandal
        * Fatal Metropolis police shooting deemed justified
        * Thunderstorms force cancellation of end of Illinois Marathon
        * New Illinois schools chief says funding fix could take years
        * Illinois woman killed by train was trying to rescue opossum
        * Armenian-American judge marks WWI-era killings
        * Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests
        * Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal
        * Chicago Armenians mark centennial of genocide of 1.5M
        * Authorities: Ottawa man killed, cremated in burn pile

        * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
        * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
        * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
        * New schools chief says funding fix could take years
        * State budget fix includes $106M in Medicaid cuts
        * House passes bill to create high-speed rail oversight panel
        * Bill would allow students to opt out of state tests
        * Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data
        * House passes bill to create high speed rail oversight panel
        * House passes bill treating marijuana possession like speeding ticket

        * The opportunity in boomers and their aching backs
        * Here's how Method's new Chicago factory went green—and how much it cost
        * Up on the roof, it's green as can be
        * Getting to Platinum LEED requires lead time
        * Letters to the editor


          * Woman, 23, fatally shot in Gary
          * Police warn of West Side burglaries
          * 3 wounded in city shootings
          * Wisconsin man climbing Everest survives avalanche triggered by Nepal quake
          * 2 men charged with shooting at off-duty police officer
          * Man on parole for choking woman is arrested on cyberstalking charge
          * 'Cab hustler' arrested at O'Hare, 12 hours after cops chased him from airport
          * Chicago-area Nepalis work to reach family and support earthquake relief
          * Police ask for help finding McHenry bank robber
          * Volunteers give 80 Austin, Maywood homes new lease on life


          * Illinois prisons chief says union contracts causing problems
          * Sheriff Dart to investigate unlicensed rehab centers
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The fight between unions and Rauner
          * Large provider of Chicago mental health services, C4, is closing
          * After detective’s acquittal in fatal shooting, prosecutors face criticism
          * Mayor Emanuel taps CTA director to be chief of staff
          * Portage Park church mourns 'favorite son' Cardinal George
          * Lawmakers fast-track bill on Obama library, Lucas museum
          * Emanuel announces more FAA meetings on O'Hare noise
          * Cook County prosecutor to try new approach to drug crimes


          * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
          * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Downstate representation gone from Illinois Commerce Commission
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
          * Our Opinion: The promise and the perils of YouTube
          * Andy Shaw: Preserve police conduct records to better serve and protect
          * Angie Muhs: Reader panel will help connect Springfield to its newspaper
          * Deckle McLean: Independent voters the new political wild card
          * Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran


          * Life’s not baaaad at all
          * Open Line
          * Waymon Belcher
          * Don DeMent
          * Pearl Harlan
          * Jennell Currie
          * Velma Lyell
          * Wilma Jung
          * Peggy Raiteri
          * Jackson County Court Report for April 15-22


          * Memphis guard Mike Conley leaves with facial injury
          * Rozner: Blackhawks exhale after surviving Preds
          * No sweeping success for Rose, Bulls
          * Nepal quake: More than 2,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken
          * LEADING OFF: Astros go for 1st sweep vs. A's, Volquez active

          * IVCC's Mr. Phillips goes to Washington
          * Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: The Cl...
          * Riopell: Aaron Schock's loss is Bob Dold's...
          * VA opens claims office at Scott
          * Following a familiar path, Bost raises ove...
          * Bill aims to deaden erroneous payments
          * Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproducti...
          * Bost is impressed by McKendree intern
          * Instapundit shares shocking claim of sexua...
          * Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproducti...

          * Debate on the Merits, Anyone?...

          * Will County officials travel to D.C. to lo......
          * Armenian-American judge marks WWI-era kill......
          * Washington Digest: Senate confirms Lynch a......

          * Chiraq
          * I got a nice note from my colleague Curtis House. “You can’t represent sitting on your assets.”
          * Here are the undecideds on the opt out HB 306. Make the call.
          * My afternoon at the Network for Public Education Chicago conference.
          * Illinois House members Ives, Sandack outraged over College of DuPage scandals [video]
          * Lipinski, Roskam, Hultgren warn against Illinois' proposal to oppress free exercise of religion
          * Resolution to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank moves in the Illinois House
          * Rep. Luis Gutiérrez backs Jeb Bush in Republican Presidential Primary
          * Former Illinois state rep gets five months prison time for bribery conviction
          * Committee Passes McSweeney Bill Banning Red Light Cameras


          * IDPH Moves to Eliminate Meningococcal Meningitis - New Vaccination Requirements for Adolescents
          * YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! kicks off statewide as preparations begin for new server training law
          * Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest - ‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest promotes awareness; 100 radios to be awarded
          * IDOT Launches Statewide Listening Tour to Discuss Illinois Infrastructure Needs, Priorities
          * Illinois Student Assistance Commission Encourages Families To Learn About Personal Finance During Money Smart Week Event





              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller