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Some quick session updates

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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The Quincy veterans’ home will get $53,775,000 for various improvements, which is agreed language. Let us know what else you find in there.

…Adding… House Amendment 2 to SB3128 is the statutory language on the Quincy veterans’ home rebuild. It gives the administration five years to do a “design build,” and has some Procurement Code relief similar to what they did with the Thompson Center. It also requires the administration to provide unredacted copies of any communication with the federal government related to the project, because they haven’t yet received assurances that the feds will pay for it.

The BIMP will likely be added to HB3342.

* Meanwhile, Senate President John Cullerton unveiled new language today on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s carjacking bill. Senate Amendment 2 to HB1804 is reportedly backed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. It removes all the language on presumptive juvenile detention (Rep. Jaime Andrade’s proposal removed part of it), but it retains the “inference” language

For a minor arrested or taken into custody for vehicular hijacking or aggravated vehicular hijacking, a previous finding of delinquency for vehicular hijacking or aggravated vehicular hijacking shall be given greater weight in determining whether secured custody of a minor is a matter of immediate and urgent necessity for the protection of the minor or of the person or property of another.

The original legislation is here. Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) was the sponsor of that bill, but she handed over sponsorship to Rep. Andrade today. She said this afternoon she’s not sure yet how she’ll vote on the new bill. She voted against Rep. Andrade’s bill.

* Some good news via press release…

The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is proud to announce that legislation amending the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 passed out of the Illinois House and Senate with strong bipartisan support.

The SBAC lead the charge to pass SB2436, a bill to amend this outdated statute which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be drafted, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law. Most small business owners don’t have the time or resources to tackle this burdensome process.

The whole process was ridiculous. Good riddance. Let the city council decide stuff like this if they want.

…Adding… I should note that Gov. Rauner feels the same way I do on this topic. He vetoed the last exemption after saying he’d never sign another one. He pushed hard to get this changed. Good for him.

* Also…



* As always in times like these, keep a close eye on our live coverage post for constant updates.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

6 Comments
  1. - Some Anonymous Dude (S.A.D.) - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    Remember Control F will allow you to search the pdf for what you want instead of reading through 1200+ pages


  2. - TC - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 3:47 pm:

    Could someone help this relative rookie to IL politics? What exactly is the process to get a package approved today/tomorrow? If Senate is set to vote around 6pm, when will the house vote? Tomorrow morning? Thanks.


  3. - Smalls - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 3:56 pm:

    On page 245. So they can complain about school districts picking up pension contributions for teachers, but yet legislators do it for their own staff.

    Section 10. The sum of $1,500,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability for the purpose of making pension pick up contributions to the State Employees’ Retirement System of Illinois for affected legislative staff employees.


  4. - Soapbox Derby - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 4:09 pm:

    How sad that the Approp bill surfaces ONE DAY before its voted on.


  5. - Seats - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    Was state employee backpay appropriations included in this budget?


  6. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 4:33 pm:

    Seats, search yourself. We don’t work for you.

    Smalls, very few, if any states pick up the tab for teacher pensions like Illinois does.


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