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Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018

* Chicago Coalition for the Homeless…

An estimated 40,000 low-income community college students in Illinois are now assured access to food security through SNAP, thanks to Senate Bill 351, which was signed into law July 20 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. CCH advocated for this eligibility for more than five years, through its statewide No Youth Alone campaign. CCH worked with Heartland Alliance and the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center through two legislative sessions to enact the College Hunger Bill.

* Illinois News Network

A state lawmaker is pushing for the governor to sign a bill that some worry would open small employers to frivolous discrimination lawsuits.

State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, said there’s a problem in state law.

In “most small businesses around the state of Illinois, it is perfectly legal to discriminate against employees on the basis of age or gender or disability status, or religion,” Guzzardi said.

House Bill 4572, on the governor’s desk, would open up businesses of 15 or fewer employees to be investigated for various wrongful termination cases involving allegations of discrimination.

“We have the discriminator-in-chief in the White House who’s trying to ban Muslims from entering our country, who has a long track record of harassment and discrimination against women,” Guzzardi said. “We have an opportunity in the state of Illinois to stand up against those kinds of behaviors.”

National Federation of Independent Business Illinois State Director Mark Grant urged Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto the bill. Grant said many small business owners treat employees like family and don’t have the resources to handle additional regulations.

* Other bills…

* Zorn: Illinois lawmakers should allow secret recordings of conversations

* Rep. Jeanne Ives: Failing Bridget: How bureaucracy harms vulnerable Illinoisans

* New lottery game to benefit families of fallen police officers

* New automatic voter registration law won’t slow efforts to reach out to potential new voters face-to-face

* It’s unanimous; governor joins Legislature in protecting DCFS: Enactment of Senate Bill 3105 is a small, first step toward greater protection for DCFS workers. Let tougher penalties also be placed on the books, and widely publicized, to deter potential offenders from acts of violence.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

5 Comments
  1. - Texas Red - Tuesday, Jul 31, 18 @ 2:46 pm:

    I’m surprised that an elected official would assume the worst of Illinois hard working small business owners…

    “most small businesses around the state of Illinois, it is perfectly legal to discriminate against employees on the basis of age or gender or disability status, or religion,”


  2. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jul 31, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    House Floor Amendment No. 1: Provides that “employer” does not include any place of worship…”

    Veto.


  3. - My New Handle - Tuesday, Jul 31, 18 @ 2:55 pm:

    How about a Lottery game to benefit those wrongfully killed by police officers as well.


  4. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jul 31, 18 @ 3:07 pm:

    Texas Red - I think “discriminator-in-chief” was the giveaway here.

    If Guzzardi is so concerned about Illinois at the federal level, he should run for Congress. Or stay behind and keep pushing for rent control.


  5. - M - Tuesday, Jul 31, 18 @ 6:56 pm:

    Another new lottery game should be set up to help refurbish the buildings on the State Fairgrounds.


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