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It’s just a bill

Friday, Feb 24, 2017

* Conservative Democratic state Rep. with an increasingly Republican district who will undoubtedly be targeted by the GOP next year offers up some red meat that won’t go anywhere, but gets his name in the papers. Mission accomplished

A state representative from Smithton has filed a bill that would eliminate Illinois’ Firearm Owner’s Identification card, which is needed to buy or possess a gun.

Rep. Jerry Costello II, a Democrat, says FOID cards are a burden to “responsible” Illinois residents and prevent them from obtaining firearms and exercising their second amendment rights.

“It is burdensome on law-abiding citizens to have to overcome bureaucratic red tape in order to exercise their second amendment rights,” Costello said in a prepared statement.

All Illinois residents — barring a few who are specifically exempted, such as on-duty military personnel — must apply for a FOID card in order to legally purchase or possess a firearm or ammunition. According to Illinois State Police, the process is meant to determine whether an individual is eligible to purchase a firearm before allowing them to do so.

The bill is here.

* Editorial uses following words to describe the NFL Players Union’s stance on a piece of legislation: “Squawks,” “barking,” “strident,” and “whining.” Instead of wading through the Trib’s hyperbolic invective, here’s a non-strident take on the same topic from the Insurance Journal

Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn workers’ compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier?

That issue is being debated between the Chicago Bears and the NFL Players Association in the Illinois Legislature as one unlikely element of a compromise proposal to end a nearly two-year-long fight over the state’s budget.

The Bears are leading other Chicago sports franchises in backing a measure that would reduce a former player’s ability to tap into workers’ compensation after a career-ending injury. They want to cap certain payments to athletes at no older than 35 or five years after their injury. Currently they can claim benefits up to age 67, like other workers.

Neither the teams nor players’ advocates will say how much money is at stake. They agree it is not a relatively big pot — while theoretically some could claim millions, most if not all athletes settle their claims for reduced sums up front, the players association says.

Only a handful of pro players filed for the benefit here in the past four years, although the association would not identify them or describe their individual cases.

But one example in the public record of an athlete who claimed this compensation is former Bears offensive lineman Ted Albrecht, a first-round draft choice whose career ended with a back injury in 1982. An arbitrator tried to deny his claim, but an appeals court ruled he was entitled to receive an award based on the difference between his $130,000 Bears salary and what he later earned as a travel agent and sportscaster, which ranged from $87,000 to $36,000 between 1983 and 1986.

* Probably not a bad idea…

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that would provide a clear enforcement mechanism to ensure a detailed review of purchases made through out-of-state joint purchasing agreements received a unanimous vote of recommended approval on Thursday from the House State Government Administration Committee.

“This issue was brought to my attention because of purchases made by Illinois government units through joint purchasing agreements with other states’ government units. Illinois law requires competitive bidding, but because other states’ laws are not always as protective of taxpayers as our own, we need a strong enforcement mechanism to make sure Illinois law is followed. House Bill 2424 gives our state’s Chief Procurement Officer, who is charged with enforcing that law, the authority needed to thoroughly review these out-of-state procurements for compliance with Illinois law.”

According to Breen, joint purchasing agreements are very common among local units of government and allow for quantity discount pricing, which ultimately saves taxpayers money. While group purchasing is typically done by entities within the same state, there are occasions when joint purchasing agreements cross state lines.

“After filing this bill, I’ve had numerous other situations involving multi-state agreements that appear to have skirted Illinois’ Joint Purchasing Act,” Breen said. “As our school districts and other units of local government continue trying to bring down their costs through these types of purchasing agreements, we need to support those efforts while making sure our competitive bidding laws are being followed.”

Breen said he is currently negotiating an agreed amendment to the bill with stakeholders that will be added prior to the bill’s final consideration on the floor of the House.

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  1. - A Jack - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 12:53 pm:

    I agree about the FOID card or at least combine FOID and CCL as designations on the driver’s license / state ID. It seems silly to have to carry around three cards issued by the state.

  2. - m - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 1:01 pm:

    1st bill: Regardless of intent, FOID’s do nothing for retail purchase, because a new background check is required when buying a gun. The background check requirements basically relegated FOIDs to being nothing more than a card to buy ammo, hold a gun to look at it at a store, and one more requirement when firearm hunting. Easy to make a case for eliminating FOIDs then, but the Illinois-only sort-of-universal background check for person-to-person sales relies on the FOID system, making this a little harder to undo now.

    2nd bill: Sounds reasonable enough. Though Tom Brady just won another superbowl at 39 and shows no signs of being done yet. A lot of kickers have played into late 30’s and 40’s as well. Be reasonable and raise the age to 40 or 45 at least.

    3rd: Sounds reasonable… Though I could be wrong, but I don’t think there’s a big issue with multi-state corrupt purchasing agreements, so if the deal is better than what can be gotten through in-state, it is likely a better deal for taxpayers. Procurement rules in this state are insane. So I’m just not that concerned about whether our byzantine rules are being followed.

  3. - The Real Just Me - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    Here’s why the second proposal regarding workers comp for pro athletes is not a “reasonable” prerequisite to the Grand Bargain. It affects only a handful of athletes (workers) and even fewer teams (employers). It will not move the needle one way or another regarding workers comp costs in a way that will attract or retain employers. The fact that workers, employers, or any legislators are expending any political capital to fight for or against this is a complete waste of resources that should be devoted elsewhere. The teams, and maybe one team in particular, thought they could fly this under the radar, but when they got caught, they should have at least had the decency to withdraw it as it makes a crucial piece of the Grand Bargain less likely to pass. It is embarrassing that this even made the Grand bargain, when so much is at stake.

  4. - Gooner - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    if liberals would step back from the politics of gun control, they would see that Costello’s bill makes a lot of sense.

    The card is an added burden that does not accomplish anything. As long as we require background checks, the card has limited to no value.

  5. - FinallyFriday - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    Any chance this Costello bill is a conservative cover to run as Kennedy’s LT Gov? Anybody hearing a Pritzger/Manar ticket and a Kennedy/Costello ticket? Would be interesting?! Thoughts?

  6. - blue dog dem - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    Lord, I hope not.

  7. - John O'Connor - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    The exhaustive look at the dust-up between the NFL and NFL Players’ Association over the workers’ compensation that is attributed above to The Insurance Journal was researched and written by Associated Press state Capitol reporter Kiannah Sepeda-Miller.

  8. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 3:57 pm:

    “…combine FOID and CCL as designations on the driver’s license / state ID.”

    Really bad idea. Gun owners don’t need everyone at the car dealership or doctor’s office knowing they have a gun at home.

    Re. FOID repeal by Rep. Costello, more downstate posturing and doing nothing. How about NRA hero Brandon Phelps sponsoring a bill to eliminate the public transit ban so people in Chicago can ride the bus to work in dangerous neighborhoods?

    Costello is an ex-cop and one of the Reps. who supported Duty to Inform in Phelps bill. “Officer safety” is more important to the NRA types down south than people like Otis McDonald.

  9. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Feb 24, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    “Gun owners don’t need everyone at the car dealership or doctor’s office knowing they have a gun at home.”

    Well, what would paranoia look like?

    – MrJM

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