SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The business of Illinois

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

* “Quit your job or lose your baby,” is what Rosaura Villanueva said a supervisor told her

After repeatedly unloading trucks, lifting and carrying heavy boxes and packages, Villanueva, who couldn’t afford to quit her job at a shipping company, did lose her unborn child.

* So, Rep. Mary Flowers proposed a bill…

In an expansive rewrite of the state’s Human Rights Act, Flowers sponsored a bill that would make it a civil rights violation if an employer fails to provide “reasonable accommodations” for all working pregnant women, including part-time and full-time employees.

“This would allow any pregnant woman to have the same breaks that a man would have if his back were hurting,” Flowers said. “They’d have the same consideration — nothing special, nothing added.” […]

However, these requests, and those like it, cannot cause “undue hardship” to a company under Flowers’ bill; accommodations cannot be “unreasonably expensive or disruptive” to the business.

* But Jay Shattuck, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Law Council, is opposed…

He said pregnant women already have protection under state and federal law and that adding more “legalese” would hurt employers, who would see “lawsuits galore” over the broad wording in Flowers’ bill. […]

“The premise of this bill is that employers are bad, evil people: That’s the kind of attitude that drives employers out of the state,” Shattuck said. “This is just another proverbial straw on the camel’s back. It’s one more thing, one more thing, one more thing.”

* Getting tougher on employers in one bill, but going easier on landlords who want to evict tenants in another. Mark Brown writes about a legislator fed up with attempting to evict tenants from a building she owns

Rep. Monique Davis has fought since 2009 to forestall being evicted from a Chicago Board of Education building she has used rent free as her legislative office for the past 11 years.

But when the shoe is on the other foot, the Chicago Democrat takes a dim view of tenants who she says “game the system” to thwart landlords—such as her—in eviction court.

At Davis’ urging, an Illinois House committee on Wednesday approved a measure she sponsored to make it easier for Cook County landlords to evict problem tenants.

The bill would impose a 45-day limit for the Cook County sheriff to carry out any eviction after a final order from a judge.

If the sheriff fails to complete the eviction in that time period, the landlord would be free to turn the job over to any legally-recognized “peace officer.”

Make sure to go read the whole thing. Great column by Brown.

* In other news, Sen. Biss’ retirement savings bill passed the Senate yesterday

Illinois senators voted to create a retirement savings plan for many workers who do not have access to a retirement plan where they work.

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Plan was approved on a 30-22 vote, the bare minimum for it to pass.

Under the plan, workers at companies that have more than 25 employees and that do not offer a retirement plan could participate in the program.

* And a proposal that might sound good on its face could also backfire

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, would forbid state agencies from purchasing or leasing vehicles assembled outside of the United States.

“What this means is that the state of Illinois would have several manufacturers to choose from that employ American workers,” Smiddy said. “We have close to 14 manufacturers that currently assemble vehicles here in the United States.” […]

Ron Ewing, a spokesman for General Motors, said the legislation is misguided. He argued that Canada assembles many GM vehicles that contain union-made parts manufactured in the United States.

“Somewhat ironically, given the genesis of this amendment, it would send a signal that the state of Illinois would rather by a non-union Volkswagen Passat made in Tennessee than a union-made Chevrolet from GM,” he said.

* Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel ruled out a city lease tax and a city income tax to fund pension payments

“The city income tax, office lease [tax are both] non-starters. I’ve addressed what I think is a responsible way to meet a challenge that I want to remind didn’t just creep up on us….Our employees are contributing more. They’re making changes. We’re stepping up in a way that does it in a methodical and systematic way.”

* But Toni Preckwinkle is keeping all options open

Hoping to ward off another credit rating downgrade, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday that she will soon present a plan to reform the county’s underfunded pension system.

And she’s leaving the door open to hiking property, sales and other taxes.

When asked repeatedly about the possibility of tax increases, Preckwinkle responded: “We’re looking at all the options. Everything is on the table.”

* Related…

* House calls for student loans to be forgiven in bankruptcy

* George Lucas eyes Chicago for art, ‘Star Wars’ museum

* Sneed: Is Toni testing the waters?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


17 Comments
  1. - RNUG - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    Tough to buy a completely US made car or truck today. As the article rightly points out, some foreign vehicles are assembled here (of both foreign and domestic components). And some vehicles built in other countries, such as Canada or Mexico, actually have a higher amount of US made components in them. For example, I’ve owned American branded vehicles built in Mexico using parts imported from the US, and German vehicles assembled in the US using parts imported from Germany.

    I’d feel better about the bill if it specified a percentage of the vehicle that must be domestic content (actually US made). Not sure what would be reasonable these days with global manufacturing, but it seems something like 70% or 80% domestic content would be a desirable goal.


  2. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    Wow, Monique Davis.

    Just… wow.


  3. - Soda pop - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 12:17 pm:

    Bash the NRA guy for lobbying to change a law he feels is overreaching after he has been ticketed. But, Rep. Davis proposes a law that will personally benefit her (and others)…


  4. - Smoggie - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 12:24 pm:

    Soda pop,

    Why include “but”?

    Shouldn’t that be “and” in your comment?


  5. - Pete - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    Some specialized vehicles may not be American made. Do Helicopters count? How about boats or forklifts?


  6. - Anonymous - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    The Monique bill is unbelievable. Can’t Madigan save her from herself on this? Of course, the great irony is she’s trying to gut legal protections that are in place for poor renters, most of whom are minorities — people she pretends to champion.


  7. - illinifan - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 1:17 pm:

    I think it is ridiculous that Flowers needs a bill for employers to make common sense decisions, but unfortunately employers and big business do not always make good decisions….unfortunately there will always be bad businesses just like there will always be bad employees, but here is where government oversight is important. It is sad a mother had to choose between her baby and her income and that the employer forced her to make the choice (I hope this employer was not a right to life advocate because their actions would be a “little” hypocritical)


  8. - Montrose - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 1:40 pm:

    The thing about Monique’s bill is that a ton of legislators have some rental property they own, so they focus in on their personal situation with a problem tenant as opposed to what is good, humane policy. That and the realtors have a ton of money they spread around.


  9. - Jake From Elwood - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 1:47 pm:

    How many extra employees will the Sheriff’s office need to hire to fast-track these evictions. Monique strikes again. The Jeanne Ives of the Democratic Party.


  10. - Demoralized - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    ==The thing about Monique’s bill is that a ton of legislators have some rental property they own==

    Unless they are from Cook County this bill won’t do anything for them. That’s the really amazing thing to me about this bill. It’s crystal clear that she is writing this for her own benefit, otherwise why limit it to Cook County?


  11. - Jeff Trigg - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 2:13 pm:

    Does Monique have a bill concerning public college statues mysteriously vanishing from a college and then showing up in legislators’ rent-free offices? If the college, Chicago State for example, doesn’t notice the theft and report it to the police within 45 days then the state rep. gets to keep the statue?

    Monique Davis gets her district office cash from the state.
    Monique Davis refuses to pay rent for years on that office to the owners of her offices, the Chicago Public Schools.
    Monique Davis then rents out the office to a big state grant receiving organization, Brainerd, that asks for rent money as a part of their state grant. And now this bill? Sheesh.

    “The Jeanne Ives of the Democratic Party.” That’s funny, but I think Monique Davis is a lot worse.


  12. - Hans Sanity - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 2:35 pm:

    Anyone considering a run for Mayor next time around ought to follow David Sirota’s and the Pandodaily twitter feeds….assuming they’re not already.


  13. - Jack - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 2:42 pm:

    Precwinkles proposed reform package calls for no cuts to already retired employees.


  14. - Hans Sanity - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 3:07 pm:

    “…Preckwinkle declined to discuss specifics, but she did say that any plan that goes before the Legislature will not have property tax increase language written into the bill…”

    Where the heck is this table that “everything” is or is not on?


  15. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 5:32 pm:

    RNUG, the State fleet is gonna get interesting in a few heard if this bill passes. Adding this to the flex-fuel, electric, and other mandates already on the books the eligible universe of cars will get smaller and smaller.
    I agree a content requirement, which is already tracked, is a fairer approach. Our favorite US car would.make the cut either way.


  16. - RNUG - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 10:22 pm:

    AA,

    We can only hope Rep. Mike Smiddy is a regular CapFax reader and considers changing the criteria from assembled to percentage of domestic content.


  17. - RNUG - Thursday, Apr 10, 14 @ 10:28 pm:

    If they narrowing the rules enough, about the only choice could end being a $60K Tesla Roadster. Imagine how well a high performance sports car in the motor pool will go over with the taxpayers.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Oppo dump
* Rauner doubles down
* Back in the news
* Question of the day
* Time now for another edition of "Fractured Fairy Tales"
* Frackers loving them some Bruce
* Rodney Davis launches first TV ad of the fall campaign
* Caption contest!
* Today's number: 9 percent
* *** UPDATED x2 Stock pics - Rauner responds *** Rate Gov. Quinn's new TV ad
* Now, that's a lede
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

          
        * When search fails in Outlook
        * Wipeout 2 Android game now has zombies,pirates, popstars
        * FCC fines T-Mobile $819k for failing to offer enough hearing aid-compatible phones in ’09/10
        * Comic: A history of Apple mice, part two
        * ESPN SportsCenter update: watch and listen to live streams
        * AT&T One Mini gets updated with Sense 6
        * Finally! Yahoo Aviate adds custom collections

        * First Dozen Amiibo Figures Confirmed For UK Debut
        * GTA 4 Sports Watch Dogs Mod
        * How Negotiable Is A Dealership's Internet Price?
        * Get an MBA-Equivalent Education with These Free Courses
        * Watching a Movie on Twitch Is Chaotic, and Also Pretty Fun
        * Acorns Automatically Saves and Invests Your Spare Change
        * Sponsored post: Money, payments and commerce for the mobile generation

        * While Sox try to summon spoiler energy for Detroit series
        * De Aza makes leaping catch while avoiding Eaton
        * Danks in form on mound, but White Sox fall to Tribe
        * Carroll tabbed for opener of weekend set vs. Tigers
        * Indians 3, White Sox 2: Quiet bats in another series loss
        * Danks in form on mound, but White Sox fall to Tribe
        * Bassitt set to debut Saturday night against Tigers


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

        Archives
        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


        * At least 13 injured after shuttle bus crash at .....
        * electino 2014..
        * Ribbon-cutting, Grand Opening: WIU-QC Riverfron.....
        * QC Media: WIU-QC Phase II Ribbon Cutting..
        * Quinn, Rauner tangle over taxes, minimum wage, .....
        * Gov. Pat Quinn says state will invest millions .....
        * Gov. Pat Quinn: No Speed Increase on Illinois I.....
        * Comedian Joan Rivers Is In Critical Condition!..
        * Quinn Earmarks $10 Million for Chicago Public S.....
        * Illinois Tollway lowers cost of I-PASS temporarily..


        * Indiana University student dies at sorority house
        * Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students
        * Shuttle bus crash jams traffic into O'Hare airport
        * Illinois woman charged in infant daughter's death
        * Sheriff: Illinois man charged for child porn
        * Sheriff: Illinois man charged with theft, battery
        * Injunction granted ending retiree premium hike
        * Chicago commander accused of threatening suspect
        * Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes
        * US judge tosses Koschman suit against Chicago

        * Court rules state retirees can stop paying health insurance premiums
        * Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes
        * Fracking industry officials donating to Rauner
        * IDNR set to release fracking rules Friday
        * DNR: $1 hunting, fishing licenses for Illinois seniors not ready
        * Renovation of Illinois Supreme Court building completed
        * Vallas: Rauner income tax rollback would cost schools $4 billion
        * Rauner: Department of Agriculture 'full of cronyism'
        * Durbin, Oberweis disagree over debate schedule
        * Concealed carry data botched by error

        * Shuttle bus crash jams traffic into O'Hare
        * Seat-back squabbling diverts another flight
        * Seat-back squabble diverts another flight
        * Chicago schools getting $10 million for Safe Passage
        * They're baaaaack! Llamas, sheep and goats return to O'Hare dinner duty


        * EDITORIAL: Jury still out on justice
        * 15 hospitalized after shuttle bus crash at O’Hare
        * 15 injured in bus crash at O’Hare; all I-190 lanes reopened
        * Off-duty paramedic delivers own baby on Edens Expressway
        * Firefighters battle three-alarm blaze on Halsted
        * Man killed in North Lawndale drive-by shooting
        * Garage owner gives alibi to man accused of killing cop
        * Feds want to sentence fleeing former city comptroller
        * Feds: Teacher allegedly coaxed teen into taking pornographic pictures
        * Family of Little League champ without a home base of their own


        * Paramedic delivers his own baby on Edens Expressway
        * At least 14 people hurt in bus crash at O'Hare
        * Cause of ALS is found, Northwestern team says
        * Notre Dame suspends safety Eilar Hardy as part of academic fraud probe
        * Three wounded in city shootings
        * 14-year-old sexually assaulted in Park Manor neighborhood
        * Lawsuit: Airline didn't do enough to help Pekin man who died after midflight chest pains
        * Judge upholds verdict in Chicago State University whistleblower case
        * Ex-Big Brothers volunteer seeks to overturn sex abuse conviction
        * 2 men using gas saw in Evanston home poisoned by carbon monoxide


        * State Retirees To Stop Paying Health Premiums
        * CPS students scramble for new school after Concept charter opening delayed
        * How America's most plentiful bird disappeared
        * Pregnant Workers To Be Protected Under New Law
        * Rep. Poe To Undergo Stem Cell Transplant
        * Updates From The Prairie Capital Convention Center
        * Springfield Performs Classic ‘Mikado’ – Is It Racist?
        * Springfield Performs ‘The Mikado’ – Is It Racist?
        * Term Limits: The Walking, Talking Dead Constitutional Amendment
        * Two neighbors, one big financial gap


        * E.J. Dionne: 2014 and the limits of rage
        * Esther Cepeda: Farmers markets, here I come
        * Rep. Tom Morrison: What Illinois could learn from other states
        * Court rules state retirees can stop paying health insurance premiums
        * Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes
        * Fracking industry officials donating to Rauner
        * IDNR set to release fracking rules Friday
        * DNR: $1 hunting, fishing licenses for Illinois seniors not ready
        * Our Opinion: Let the healing begin in Kincaid
        * Eugene Robinson: When mistakes become deadly


        * Charges filed in Jefferson County shooting
        * Steve Kelly 8/29/2014
        * Police: Man tries to lure 11-year-old boy into car
        * Wet weather threatens holiday weekend
        * SIU Weather Dispatch Center named in memory of sisters
        * Gas prices may head lower soon
        * Area Calendar 8/29/14
        * Daily Digest 8/29/14
        * Sewer work could hit park on campus
        * Sources differ on the winter that lies ahead


        * Consumer spending Falls for 1st time in 6 months
        * JPMorgan sees ‘Lehman moment' if Ukraine situation deteriorates
        * Applications for U.S. unemployment aid slip to 298,000
        * (No heading)
        * USDA launches new dairy insurance program

        * Gutiérrez: Dems Weren't True to Their Valu...
        * Rahm, Gutierrez want Chicago to be model f...
        * Cavuto Presses Gutierrez On Executive Amne...
        * EDITORIAL: The amnesty afoot - Washington ...
        * Gutiérrez: Obama's legacy on the line with...
        * Rep. Gutierrez on how Obama may act on ill...
        * Luis Gutierrez and the Amnesty Stack - Rus...
        * Gutiérrez: Obama Amnesty Forced By 'Anti-i...
        * Emanuel, Gutierrez: Chicago Will Lead upon...
        * Rep. Gutierrez: Obama Can Use Executive Ac...

        * Does Chicago Have The Best Pizza In The Co......
        * Does Chicago Have The Best Pizza In The Co......
        * Does Chicago Have The Best Pizza In The Co......
        * Does Chicago Have The Best Pizza In The Co......
        * Does Chicago Have The Best Pizza In The Co......

        * Q&A: Susquenita head coach Mark Kirk...
        * Kirk on Syria: ‘Two wars are enough’...

        * Jobs In Chicago
        * SportsMonday: Shell-Shocked
        * The Weekend In Chicago Rock
        * Nerdcore News: Wiz-Con Chicago
        * Schooled By JRW
        * Beachwood Photo Booth: Vacuums Of The Night
        * Gov. Quinn Vetos Raise In Tollway Speed Limits
        * Comment on Illinois Celebrates Loser Adlai Stevenson, Ignores Ronald Reagan by Champion News | Illinois Celebrates Loser Adlai Stevenson, Ignores Ronald Reagan
        * An Eye for an Eye:09.05.09
        * The "boo" committee


        * Quinn Refuses to Answer New IDOT Questions
        * Rauner Rolls Out Students for Rauner Coalition
        * Quinnocchio Alert: Pat Quinn Still Hasn’t Cleaned Up IDOT
        * FACT CHECK: Pat Quinn’s New False TV Ad
        * ICYMI: The shaky mantle of ‘reformer’




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