* We talked last week about how Rep. Curtis Tarver (D-Chicago) denied writing a tweet during the 2018 campaign about the need for rent control. Tarver, who voted against Rep. Will Guzzardi’s bill in subcommittee to lift the state’s ban on rent control ordinances, claimed that a staffer had written the tweet and he was opposed to rent control. He then claimed in another tweet that he’d never been in favor of rent control.
* Moving right along, this bill was vetoed last year by Gov. Rauner at the behest of local GOP honchos…
A revised plan to make it easier for McHenry County voters to abolish local townships is now headed to the Illinois Senate.
The plan, approved by the Illinois House this week, and also would require townships in Lake and McHenry counties to dissolve road districts that maintain less than 15 miles. The earlier version of the proposal was vetoed by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner in the last legislative session.
State Rep. David McSweeney, who introduced and championed the plan, said he is hopeful that this time the bill will become law.
“It has bipartisan support,” said McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, noting that state Sen. Terry Link, a Vernon Hills Democrat, likely will be sponsoring the Senate version of the bill as he did last year. “I don’t want to be presumptuous but I hope the governor would sign it.”
The state’s environmental regulatory body was prevented from taking measures to address greenhouse gases in Illinois for more than 20 years.
That might soon end after the Senate voted Thursday on a bill led by Sen. Laura Ellman, a Democrat from Naperville, to repeal a law enacted in 1998 that blocked the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Pollution Control Board from introducing or ratifying rules comparable to those adopted at an international conference in Kyoto, Japan, in the late 1990s. […]
“This (1998 law) is basically, you can consider it a gag rule for Illinois. This prevents us as a state from proposing or doing anything as far as greenhouse gases,” Ellman said. “It doesn’t change the way that we have to comply with federal law at all.” […]
“The state can eventually enact new regulations on our power industry, which right now is 40 percent fossil fuel-based, and we have serious concerns about the direction that could take for our consumers,” Plummer said. “Right now, the state of Illinois needs to explore every source (of energy) it can, but by allowing the IEPA to come and set new standards, it’s going to have a significant impact on our power supply for communities, especially in downstate Illinois.”
The state currently produces vastly more electricity than it consumes.
* This bill has been dead for years…
Rick Chignoli, owner of Chignoli Auto Sales in Joliet, said he does not like the idea of his business being open on Sundays at all.
Chignoli said it’s been his experience that customers use Sundays as an opportunity to shop on the lot on their own without salespeople bothering them. He also said it’s nice to have one guaranteed day off, especially since staff for the family owned and operated business, which has been open for 45 years, comprises nearly all of his family members.
“It would be really difficult for me to tell them that they have to work on a Sunday,” Chignoli said.
Chignoli’s comments come after State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, proposed Senate Bill 22, which would repeal the 1982 prohibition of dealerships selling cars on Sundays. The bill, which has been proposed in the Illinois General Assembly for six years in a row so far, would allow for the sale of motor vehicles on any six days of the week chosen by the business owner.
* More bills…
* Proposed Illinois law would require sex education programs to focus more on consent
* Bill seeks to phase out subminimum wage pay in Illinois by 2024
* Illinois casinos, horse racetracks wager their financial futures on sports betting