SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
It’s just a bill…

Friday, Mar 27, 2015

* But this one looks like it’s on the fast track

Bills banning powdered alcohol and caffeine cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday with ease.

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, introduced the bill to ban pure, powdered caffeine, while Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, pushed a proposal to ban powdered alcohol. Bertino-Tarrant’s bill would ban the sale of pure, powdered caffeine to anyone younger than 18, while Silverstein’s would outlaw powdered alcohol entirely.

Bertino-Tarrant introduced the bill after Logan Stiner, a high school athlete from Ohio, overdosed on the substance. […]

The Illinois bills passed the committee with no opposition. Bertino-Tarrant and Silverstein both said they expect the bills to pass the Senate floor easily.

* This one? Maybe not

Public universities would be prohibited from using public funds to pay for commencement speakers under legislation approved by the House Higher Education Committee on Wednesday.

The approval came with a proviso, however, that sponsor Rep. Reggie Phillips, R-Charleston, would return to the committee with revisions to the bill before a full House vote.

“This is just a small way of reducing costs,” Phillips said. “We’re just asking so that the universities not use state funds, but try to find private funds to pay for the commencement speakers.”

* And this bill doesn’t do what this lede claims it’ll do

School prayer would come to public classrooms in Illinois if some state lawmakers get their way.

C’mon. Prayer is already allowed. Underlined content is the proposed newly added content to existing law

105 ILCS 20/5)

Sec. 5. Student prayer. In order that the right of every student to the free exercise of religion is guaranteed within the public schools and that each student has the freedom to not be subject to pressure from the State either to engage in or to refrain from religious observation on public school grounds, students in the public schools may, during the school day, voluntarily engage in individually or collectively initiated, non-disruptive prayer or religious-based meetings, including without limitation prayer groups, B I B L E (Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth) clubs, or “meet at the flagpole for prayer” days, that, consistent with the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the United States and Illinois Constitutions, are is not sponsored, promoted, or endorsed in any manner by the school or any school employee. (Source: P.A. 92-832, eff. 1-1-03.)

The bill cleared committee 23-0.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Team Sleep - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:12 pm:

    There are some mornings when I would love the opportunity to eat powdered caffeine with a spoon.

  2. - Sunshine - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:21 pm:

    So……105 ILCS 20/5) is guaranteeing the freedom of speech? And we need this particular action why?

    Regarding powdered alcohol…hope this bill doesn’t interfere with powdered water. Now, powdered caffeine added to Mountain Dew will help set many, many new speed records, of all sorts!

  3. - Anon221 - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:30 pm:


    If presented in this manner to the GA, I’m sure we could get this substance banned as well.

  4. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:37 pm:

    Huh. I always thought B.I.B.L.E. stood for Bad Ideas Beating Logical Explanations.

  5. - Wordslinger - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:43 pm:

    Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth? That’s a new one on me.

    I spent most of my school years in constant prayer; that I wouldn’t get caught, that my parents wouldn’t find out, that the seniors wouldn t pummel me…

  6. - lurking moderate - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:47 pm:

    I’ve heard of Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. It was a Wu-Tang Clan song that came out in 1995.

  7. - Anon221 - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:57 pm:

    B.I.B.L.E on youtube:

    Probably not what the bill “editors” had in mind!

  8. - Bigtwich - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 1:09 pm:

    Loved the lyrics to Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

    Have not looked up “meet at the flagpole for prayer” days, but suspect it has something to do with Ralphie.

  9. - Guzzlepot - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 1:16 pm:

    So what will happen if/when we get a group of Satanists who want to collectively engage in non-disruptive prayer during the school day. The Bill is a bad idea.

  10. - vole - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 1:19 pm:

    How about including Expecting a Second World After After We Destroy This One Club? Or more delusions in the sphere of creating god in the image of man. Or more exercises in legislator fear.

  11. - Norseman - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 1:41 pm:

    I imagine you have to pay someone a lot of money to go to Charleston to give a commencement address.

    This vitally important measure will definitely mitigate the massive cut facing our public universities.

  12. - Plutocrat03 - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 2:07 pm:

    And here I thought the goal was to reduce the size of the prison population.

    What have we learned by banning substance? Anything?

  13. - Judgment Day (on the road) - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 2:30 pm:

    Ok, we’re doing our best to legalize pot cannabis and now Senator Ira has awakened and decides we have to ban powdered alcohol. Let’s think about this….

    So, If powered alcohol ends up being legal in Iowa or Missouri, or Indiana (Oh, there’s THAT state again…), and somebody accidentally brings some back into Illinois, and it will be the Anita Alvarez and Tom Dart show all over again - only this time it will be powdered alcohol instead of guns…..

    Folks, we got enough crazy laws to enforce. Here’s reality - we don’t have the money to do all the stuff we have on our plate as it is, much less more crazy stuff.

    And if our neighboring states aren’t going to put the same prohibitions in place, all it’s going to do is cause more problems.

    Just a thought for some of our genius legislators to think about - we have two major airports in the Chicagoland area (You know - O’Hare, Midway) - what happens if travelers coming here are carrying powered alcohol with them, coming from a state where it’s legal.

    Or what if the airlines start using powered alcohol instead of the little bottles? There’s a real likelihood it’s going to be cheaper - in the long term. I’m sure the airlines will want to continue doing things in a more costly approach - NOT.

    Do our intrepid legislators ever think this stuff through?

    IMO, we need a new Cap Fax award category:

    The Senator Ira Silverstein Technological Luddite Award.

  14. - Both Sides Now - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 2:38 pm:

    A commencement address (or lack thereof) does not make you any more or less graduated from a University. Paying for a speaker who imparts words of wisdom that you probably won’t remember in an hour is silly. In my opinion, if the University wants it, find a donor to pay for it. I see no reason why my tax dollars should be budgeted for a commencement speaker.

  15. - illinifan - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 2:45 pm:

    This coming after all the yelling about ACA and death panels when doctors would be able to discuss health options at end of life….but it is okay to provide children instructions on leaving earth…I hope they don’t think this is a NASA recruiting program.

  16. - walker - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 3:09 pm:

    A lot of bills are introduced that call for things that are already established law. They’re solely for campaign purposes.

  17. - Allen Skillicorn - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 3:21 pm:

    Don’t worry, CO will legalize and tax the powder. We’ll just incarcerate the users…

  18. - Judgment Day (on the road) - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 3:35 pm:

    “A lot of bills are introduced that call for things that are already established law. They’re solely for campaign purposes.”

    Ok - got it. But let’s realize something. Even pitching something like this powdered alcohol prohibition legislation out there means that there is convention business that we’re probably never going to get a chance at (btw, they are in Orlando, FL this year).

    You might say it’s only one, but it adds up. And it’s not small dollars.

    Let’s not forget - The National Restaurant Association is at McCormick Place on 05.17-18.2015. We’d like to keep them here for the foreseeable future. Let’s not make the job harder complements of Senator Ira.

  19. - Thunder Fred - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 4:13 pm:

    Judgement and Allen, you do understand that there is a difference between banning something and criminalizing it right? You’re creeping into OW territory with comments that misinformed.

  20. - DuPage - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 5:03 pm:

    The prayer bill specifies “during the school day”. The way it is written students could ditch out of a class and say it was a religious absence, and maybe several times a day. At the very least it should specify it be during lunch break or other time the student is not in a class.

  21. - Judgment Day (on the road) - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 5:53 pm:

    “Judgement and Allen, you do understand that there is a difference between banning something and criminalizing it right?”

    Alright, what happens if you have a booth at an expo, and one of your product lines consists of a brand of powdered alcohol? What are they going to do? - seize your product and write a citation. So, your’re in town for 3 days at an Expo and now you’ve just had your entire convention blown up over a display of powdered alcohol?

    That’s real. So is the airport example. You imply that it’s over the top, but all that’s telling me is you’ve never had to work a booth or an exhibit at a convention. Because those types of issues are real and they do occur, and we don’t need to lose more business here in Illinois.

    And these types of bills, no matter how well intended, can lose us business here in Illinois. And we can’t afford that.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Question of the day
* The Financial Times reports from... Ottawa?
* Caption contest!
* Nope. That was the Russians, not us
* Another Republican touts Green Party vote to help Rauner
* The opposite of transparent
* Tribune attempts Kirk diagnosis
* Wagers made on World Series
* A good question
* Could the SJ-R move the needle for DelGiorno?
* Chicago appears to account for most of state's net voter registration gain since '08
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Dold demanded DCCC ad linking him to Trump be taken off the air
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...






Search This Blog...

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

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* [TA Deals] Get the Martian Notifier Smartwatch for just $30!
* Analysts say Sprint and T-Mobile are acquisition targets
* Google’s Pixel margins are a lot like Apple and the iPhone’s
* Samsung sending out battery limiter update to Galaxy Note 7 in Europe
* [Video] Unboxing the Google Pixel
* Could the global smartphone market shrink in 2017?
* Duet Display for iPad Gains 'Pro' Drawing Features

* White Sox developing promising OF prospects
* Podcast: 2016 White Sox Outfield Review
* mikecws91's Offseason Plan
* The ten best developments of the 2016 White Sox season
* KenWo4LiFe's off-season plan
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Question of the day - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)..
* Free-tuition activists stoked over arrests for .....
* Rauner's plan to get the lead out - IllinoisHom.....
* NEIU students tell lawmakers to fund education .....
* In World Series bets, Rauner wagers pizza, Kasi.....
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-I.....
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-I.....

* Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land
* Oh, what a night: Cleveland ready to rock sports world
* Trial delayed for man accused of fatal robbery in Illinois
* Trial delayed for man accused of fatal robbery in Illinois
* Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes
* Next year here: Lovable losers Cubs, Indians meet in Series
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-Indians series
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-Indians series
* EXCHANGE: Eagle Scout establishes new campsite
* Hand, foot and mouth disease spreads on Illinois campus

* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Statehouse Insider: Tomorrow's a new day; in Illinois, that may not be good
* Cook County lawyer who posed as judge criminally charged
* 1,100 non-union state workers getting $3,016 bonuses
* Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work
* Central Illinois soldier killed in Afghanistan
* Rauner administration awarding more than $3 million in bonuses to non-union workers
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget
* Survey: 386 state jobs could relocate to Springfield
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through state's stopgap spending plan

* Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes. What happens next?
* A tale of two ballparks: Wrigley vs. Progressive
* Caterpillar beats 3Q profit forecasts
* Caterpillar rally imperiled as sales recovery proves elusive
* U of I biz school gets Deloitte gift to help fund transformation

* His family’s connection to the Cubs? Naming the team
* 30-year-old man dies after I-57 crash in Blue Island
* Chicagocentric adult coloring book just may help you de-stress
* Rodent Control gets its own bureau — again — in war on rats
* Schwarber at DH, batting fifth for Cubs in Game 1 of World Series
* Jay Cutler: Bears future ‘conversations for the end of the year’
* A stripped, emotional Lady Gaga comes to life on ‘Joanne’
* Fantasy football: Trading Wilson provides points, lesson
* Plenty of ‘Magic’ at play in Goodman’s world premiere
* Opinion: In Iowa, my radio crackles alive again for the Cubs

* Trump can't just be defeated. He must be humiliated.
* Trump says Obamacare is 'blowing up' after gloomy report
* Great America, Cedar Point parks bet on the Cubs-Indians World Series
* Colin Powell says he's voting for Hillary Clinton
* ESPN snubs White Sox in Cubs' World Series coverage
* A Washington ritual: Reading John Podesta's stolen emails
* Murder suspect's sister: She told me about plot to kill husband in '79
* Judge: Statement 'Simpsons' graffiti suspect gave cops is inadmissible
* Jay Cutler on having John Fox's support: 'He doesn't have a choice'
* Game 1: Kyle Schwarber bats 5th, Chris Coghlan 7th in place of Jason Heyward

The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.

* Our Opinion: Endorsing Bourne, DelGiorno for the Illinois House
* Kathleen Parker: You can dress him up, but Trump is Trump
* Our Opinion: Leslie Munger endorsed for Illinois comptroller
* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Our Opinion: With poor choices, Clinton gets nod for president
* Statehouse Insider: Tomorrow's a new day; in Illinois, that may not be good
* Bernard Schoenburg: DelGiorno apologizes for backer's vulgar Facebook post
* Cooler temperatures lead to greater needs
* Women for Women tops half million mark
* Cook County lawyer who posed as judge criminally charged

* Q-C blogger tries all the pumpkin things, so you don't have to
* Road closed: Oakland Avenue
* SIU's Rodriguez out indefinitely with knee injury
* Man arrested after allegedly intentionally damaging crops with a pickup truck
* McLean County agencies seek 2,000 Thanksgiving turkeys
* Hot chocolate race mixes new and old fall traditions for Lagomarcino's
* Illinois Theatre: The Minotaur
* Update: Passenger dies after semi-trailer crash on Internstate 57 that had killed driver
* Update: Passenger dies after semi-trailer crash on I-57 that had killed driver
* Who's in the news? William Albracht

* Kyle Schwarber to hit fifth for Cubs; Coghlan replaces Heyward
* Mundelein merchant threatens to sue over proposed pet-sale restrictions
* Chicago Cubs set lineup for Game 1 of World Series
* World Series snapshot: The game before the game
* First-round playoff matchups

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Sheila Simon, Sen. Dick Durbin talk budget......
* Sen. Durbin addresses Will County's heroin......
* Opioid Epidemic Symposium Gathers Experts ......

* Democrats see path to Senate control in Il......
* GOP senator flip-flop-flips on supporting ......
* Health questions remain, but Sen. Kirk won......

* Fundraiser Thursday evening for Judge Ketki "Kay" Steffen
* Where's Weyermuller? Reviewing Evanston bakery's presidential "cookie polling"
* DNA Info: Pride Cleaners, Chatham 'Architectural Icon,' For Sale
* World Series tix sellers asking $100k to $1M for Wrigley Field seats
* Thorner/O'Neil: Political correctness sets the path towards totalitarianism tolerance
* Thorner/Clarke: It's not about Hillary or Trump, it's about ending corruption
* Steve Goodman: A Dying #Cubs Fan's Last Request #postseason #flythew
* Illinois REALTORS® urge voters to reelect Sen. Rezin
* Morning Minute: First-time buyers help push U.S. home sales higher in September
* Vote for Sen. Forby says Illinois REALTORS®

* Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Makes Lead Poisoning Prevention A Priority - October 23-30, 2016 - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
* Illinois EPA Sponsors Interactive Environmental Education Event with Riverton Elementary School - Riverton Third and Fourth Graders “Dive In!” to Celebrate the Environment
* Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Veteran Mr. George Pempek
* Illinois Partners with State of Telangana, India to Strengthen Smart State Initiatives - State to state agreement to accelerate opportunities and service to citizens
* Illinois EPA Announces Vehicle Emissions Testing Network Updates - New Contract to Offer More Efficient, Less Expensive Tests

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